21 July 2009
Daily Chat 21/07/09
On this date in 1403, Henry IV defeated rebel forces led by Henry 'Hotspur' Percy at the Battle of Shrewsbury. In 1831, Leopold, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was inaugurated as Leopold I, first King of Belgium. In 1873, Jesse James and other members of the James-Younger gang carry out the first successful train robbery of the American West in Adair, Iowa. It was also the first ever successful robbery of a moving train. In 1925, John T. Scopes is found guilty of violating Tennessee's Butler Act, by teaching evolution to his high school science class. Celebrating birthdays today: Janet Reno, Yusuf Islam, Garry Trudeau and Robin Williams. In addition to being Belgium's national holiday, today is Racial Harmony Day in Singapore.