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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Friday, 21 July 2017
India's first public theatre, the Star, was opened at Beadon Street in Calcutta with the staging of 'Daksh Yajna'.

The 6900-km long Trans-Siberian Railway was completed.

Anand Bakshi (d. 2002), award-winning Bollywood lyricist of movies like Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Taal etc. was born in Rawalpndi, Pakistan.


Smt. Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the first woman prime minister in the world when she was sworn in as prime minister of Sri Lanka.

Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 to retain the World Cup Trophy in football at the Santiago stadium in Chile.


The Aswan Dam was completed over the river Nile and dedicated to Egypt by President Nasser.

Sivaji Ganesan (b.1927), iconic film star of the South with nearly 300 films to his credit, died.

Ta Mok, one of the main leaders of Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime, nicknamed ‘The Butcher’ for committing many atrocities of the 1970s died in Phnom Penh.

The under-construction Burj Dubai became the world's tallest building, surpassing Taipei 101 in Taipei.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released globally in 93 countries, becoming the fastest-selling book ever selling 15 million copies in the first 24 hours.

Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic accused of war crimes during the Siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massaccre, was arrested in Belgrade, Serbia after 12 years on the run.

Hindustani classical music exponent of the Kirana gharana, Gangubai Hangal (b. 1913), died.

England and India began the 100th Test match played between the two countries and the 2000th match in the history of Test Cricket at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.

NASA's 30-year Space Shuttle program came to an end with the landing of the final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis.


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