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What are the important events that happened on October 21? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 21: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 21 is the 295th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 71 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 8, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 410,280 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaenneacontapentagon’ day.

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Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 99 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,400 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 21 Historical Events

  • 1097
    First Crusade: Crusaders led by Godfrey of Bouillon, Bohemund of Taranto, and Raymond IV of Toulouse, begin the Siege of Antioch.
  • 1824
    Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement.
  • 1921
    President Warren G. Harding delivers the first speech by a sitting President against lynching in the deep south.
  • 1969
    A coup d'état in Somalia brings Siad Barre to power.
  • 1977
    The European Patent Institute is founded.

Who were born on October 21?

  • 1912
    Sir Georg Solti, Hungarian conductor (d. 1997)
  • 1928
    Whitey Ford, American baseball player
  • 1952
    Brent Mydland, American keyboardist (Grateful Dead) (d. 1990)
  • 1957
    Wolfgang Ketterle, German physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1959
    Andy Picheta, English film director

Who died on October 21?

  • 1931
    Arthur Schnitzler, Austrian writer (b. 1862)
  • 1978
    Anastas Mikoyan, Soviet politician (b. 1895)
  • 1989
    Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (b. 1910)
  • 1990
    Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, Indian spiritual leader (b. 1921)
  • 2003
    Luis A. Ferré, Governor of Puerto Rico (b. 1904)

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