On July 21 in 

365 The city of Alexandria, Egypt, is devastated by a tsunami generated by an earthquake that originated off the Greek island of Crete. Tens of thousands are estimated to have died inside and outside the city.

1902 Buffalo, N.Y., notorious for its lake-effect snow in winter, happens to be the birthplace of the air conditioner. Willis Carrier created one there on this date.

1925 John Scopes was found guilty of the “crime” of teaching evolution in a biology class in a public high school in Tennessee. He was fined $100.

1949 The U.S. Senate ratifies the North Atlantic Treaty. We’re in the organization.

1983 Vostok Station, Antarctica, records a super-duper record low of minus 128.6 degrees F. Remember, July is winter down there.

In The Star

July 21, 1939, in The Star: The last connecting link between the old Anniston Hot Blast and The Anniston Star was on the way out today as an old Model 3 linotype machine, the first brought to Anniston, headed to the junk pile after being replaced by a new Model 8 machine. More than 40 years have elapsed since the old machine was brought to Anniston by The Hot Blast to launch a new day in printing methods in local fields. It later became property of The Anniston Star when this newspaper consolidated with the Hot Blast in 1912. It had been in use constantly until it was replaced today by the new machine – on which today’s editorials were put into type. [According to Internet research, the Model 3 was introduced in February 1902 and superseded by the next model in 1906.] Incidentally, H. Otis Burdette, a veteran linotype operator with the company, has lasted longer than the previous machine; he was with the newspaper when it was brought into the shop. Also this date: Dr. and Mrs. Frank Edwards and children of New Albany, Ind., have arrived for a visit with relatives in Anniston.

July 21, 1989, in The Star: A team of Anniston Army Depot workers spent several hours yesterday harvesting a crop of marijuana plants that the post commander said may have been planted by depot employees. The 241 plants, with a street value of about $600,000, were found in a highly restricted area -- about a 20-minute ride over dirt roads from the main post and surrounded by at least two barbed-wire fences -- along the depot's western border, north of Cone Reservoir. “I'm happy to find it because it means somebody's kid won't smoke it,” said Col. Kenny W. Whitley, the depot's new commander. The plants, some of them 14 feet high, were well concealed, nestled in trenches under loblolly pine, sweet gum, oak and walnut trees. The largest of the four plots discovered measured about 10 yards by 100 yards, Whitley said. Also this date:Approximately 1:10 p.m. yesterday, with three-quarters of The Star’s normal volume of papers already printed, the press came to a halt because of a power outage outside the building. Eight thousand copies were two hours late getting to subscribers.

Birthdays for July 21

Actor Edward Herrmann turns 71 today. Zany or annoying, take your pick, actor Robin Williams turns 63 today. Big-screen actor Josh Hartnett is 36. British pop singer Rebecca Ferguson is 28. Standup comedian Joey Bragg is 18.

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