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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, 24,616,800 minutes 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

  • 1774
    First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
  • 1854
    Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses are sent to the Crimean War.
  • 1966
    Aberfan disaster: A slag heap collapses on the village of Aberfan in Wales, killing 144 people, mostly schoolchildren.
  • 1967
    Vietnam War: More than 100,000 war protesters gather in Washington, D.C. A peaceful rally at the Lincoln Memorial is followed by a march to The Pentagon and clashes with soldiers and United States Marshals protecting the facility. Similar demonstrations occurred simultaneously in Japan and Western Europe.
  • 2003
    Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in documenting its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.

Who were born on October 21?

  • 1847
    Giuseppe Giacosa, Italian writer (d. 1906)
  • 1912
    Don Byas, American jazz tenor saxophonist (d. 1972)
  • 1945
    Everett McGill, American actor
  • 1953
    Marc Johnson, American jazz bassist, composer and bandleader
  • 1972
    Evhen Tsybulenko, Ukrainian professor of international law

Who died on October 21?

  • 1125
    Cosmas of Prague, Bohemian writer
  • 1965
    Bill Black, American musician (b. 1926)
  • 1984
    François Truffaut, French film director (b. 1932)
  • 1990
    Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, Indian spiritual leader (b. 1921)
  • 1999
    Lars Bo, Danish artist and writer (b. 1924)

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