On this Day July 21

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The Coasters are chart-toppers with “Yakety Yak.” While this now-classic single spends just one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it enjoys a seven-week run on top of the R&B chart.

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Geffen Records releases Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, “Appetite for Destruction,” featuring hard rock anthems “Sweet Child O’Mine” and “Welcome to the Jungle.” The album goes on to top the Billboard 200 and becomes the best-selling debut album ever by a band. While critics were ambivalent when it was first released, “Appetite for Destruction” is now widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. 

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The so-called “Monkey Trial” ends with Tennessee high school biology teacher John Scopes found guilty of teaching evolution in class. He is fined $100. 

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Astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom, piloting Liberty Bell 7, becomes the second American to go into space in a suborbital mission.

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Oscar-winning actor-comedian Robin Williams (“Mork and Mindy,” “Dead Poets Society,” “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Aladdin, “Night at the Museum”)

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Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway