On this day: July 21

Posted: 12:50 AM EDT Jun 18, 2014   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Jul 21, 2016

The Scopes Monkey Trial ends, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin bid the moon adieu, Hank Aaron joins Babe Ruth in an exclusive club, and the last space shuttle lands, all on this day.

OTD July 21 - EL Doctorow
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2015: American author E.L. Doctorow dies of complications from lung cancer at age 84 in New York City. He is best known for his award-winning works of historical fiction, including "Ragtime," "Billy Bathgate," "The March" and "World's Fair."

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