21st July in history

21st July in history

Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the world’s first female elected head of government, as Prime Minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) on this day in 1960.

Did you know that:

• Spanish explorer Álvaro de Mendaña was the first European to discover the Marquesas Island in Eastern Polynesia on this day in 1595
• John Locke’s Constitution of English colony Carolina was approved on this day in 1669
• Robin Williams was an American actor and comedian born on this day in 1951

// Compiled by Zoya Siddiqui

Zoya Siddiqui

Zoya is a fledgling journalist with a natural penchant for wordsmithery and a soft corner for environment and wildlife. A literature student, she contributes articles on history, environment and latest fads.

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