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Today is the 217th day of 2021 and the 47th day of summer.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal was installed on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor.
In 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan began to fire 11,359 striking air- traffic controllers for violating his order to return to work.
In 2010, a cave-in at the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile, trapped 33 miners 2,300 feet underground.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893), author/poet; Joseph Merrick aka “The Elephant Man” (1862- 1890); John Huston (1906-1987), actor/director; Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), astronaut; Herb Brooks (1937-2003), hockey coach; Loni Anderson (1945- ), actress; David Baldacci (1960- ), novel- ist; Patrick Ewing (1962- ), basketball player; Adam Yauch (1964- 2012), rapper; James Gunn (1970- ), filmmak- er; Travie McCoy (1981- ), rapper; Lolo Jones (1982- ), Olympic athlete.