Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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

January 21: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 21 is the 21st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 344 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 8, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 412,488 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 ‘icosihenagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 7 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 1,492 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 21 Historical Events

  • 1749
    The Verona Philharmonic Theatre is destroyed by fire. It is rebuilt in 1754.
  • 1908
    New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only to have the measure vetoed by the mayor.
  • 1911
    The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.
  • 1966
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Horse in Chinese astrology.
  • 1981
    Production of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.

Who were born on January 21?

  • 1887
    Georges Vézina, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1926)
  • 1919
    Eric “Winkle” Brown, Scottish test pilot
  • 1928
    Gene Sharp, American political theorist and pacifist
  • 1947
    Michel Jonasz, French singer and composer
  • 1984
    Richard Gutierrez, Filipino actor and television host

Who died on January 21?

  • 1809
    Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (b. 1729)
  • 1959
    Cecil B. DeMille, American director (b. 1881)
  • 1961
    Blaise Cendrars, Swiss writer (b. 1887)
  • 1985
    James Beard, American chef and author (b. 1903)
  • 1998
    Jack Lord, American actor (b. 1920)

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