Jul 21, Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the first woman prime minister of Ceylon. In Sri Lanka, an island country in the Indian Ocean formerly known as Ceylon she served as prime minister twice, 1960-65 and 1970-77. Under her leadership a republican constitution was adopted in 1972 and the name of Ceylon changed to Sri Lanka.
Jul 21, In Iraq US troops raided a neighborhood northeast of Baghdad, killing 5 people, including two women and a child, after gunmen fired from the rooftops of buildings. Bombs killed two worshippers at mosques in Iraq during prayers and the authorities extended a daytime curfew on Baghdad after one of the bloodiest weeks this year.
Jul 21, Mexican police detained a woman (65) in the deaths of two professional wrestlers who were found drugged in a low-rent hotel in Mexico City on June 29. One of the diminutive wrestlers went by the name “La Parkita” (Little Death”) and wore a skeleton costume in the ring. The other was known as “Espectrito Jr.” An autopsy on the two wrestlers, who were brothers, detected a substance found in eye drops that can damage the nervous system when mixed with alcohol. Three bodies, one of them headless, were found floating in an irrigation ditch in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, where drug violence has spiked despite the presence of thousands of soldiers. Police captured four men, members of the La Familia drug cartel, accused of slaying 12 federal agents on the weekend of July 12 and dumping their bloodied bodies along a highway in President Felipe Calderon’s home state of Michoacan.
Jul 21, In Venezuela 4 men and a woman were killed by hooded gunmen at a birthday party in Valle de La Pascua in central Guarico state.