Northern Ireland · Political

The Troubles: Bloody Friday

July 21, 1972 Belfast, Northern Ireland In one day, later called “Bloody Friday,” 22 bombs detonate killing 9 and wounding 130 “Bloody Friday” was one instance in the thirty-year conflict in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles, pitting Nationalists (those who fought to end British rule in Northern Ireland and who were primarily Catholics) and… Continue reading The Troubles: Bloody Friday

Georgia · Serial Killers

The first victim of the Atlanta Child Murders is killed

July 21, 1979 Atlanta, Georgia 14-year-old Edward “Teddy,” Hope Smith is murdered, becoming the first in a string of killings known as the “Atlanta Child Murders” Smith disappeared four days before another 14-year-old, Alfred “Q” Evans, disappeared. Both were found on July 28 in a secluded area. Smith has been shot in the back while… Continue reading The first victim of the Atlanta Child Murders is killed

Disasters · Illinois

Dirigible crashes into bank skylight, killing 13 and wounding 27

July 21, 1919 Chicago, Illinois A dirigible, the Wingfoot Air Express, crashes into the Illinois Trust and Savings Building, killing 13 The dirigible caught fire while in flight. When it was clear the dirigible could not be saved, the 3 crew members and 2 passengers parachuted from the craft. Two of the crew were able… Continue reading Dirigible crashes into bank skylight, killing 13 and wounding 27

California

Young child dies of abuse at the hands of family members

July 21, 1995 San Diego, California 4-year-old Genny Rojas dies after months of abuse from her aunt and uncle Genny had been placed with aunt and uncle while her mother was in a drug rehabilitation program and her father was in prison for child molestation. During her stay with Veronica and Ivan Gonzales, she endured… Continue reading Young child dies of abuse at the hands of family members