What happened today in history?
- 356 BC – The Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) is destroyed by fire.
- 1861 – First Battle of Bull Run (American Civil War) is fought at Manassas Junction, Virginia. The Confederate army is victorious.
- 1970 – The Aswan Dam (Egypt) is completed.
- 2007 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling is published. It sells 15 million copies in 24 hours.
Who was born today?
- 1899 – Ernest Hemingway – American writer.
- 1934 – Jonathan Miller – English doctor, actor, artist and director.
Who died today?
- 1403 – Henry Percy – English nobelman.
- 1796 – Robert Burns – Scottish poet.