What happened this day in history

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 105,060 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 October 21? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 21: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 21 is the 294th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 71 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 8, 2021 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 454,104 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 ‘dihectaenneacontatetragon’ 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 103 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 3,226 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 21 Historical Events

  • 1392
    Nanboku-chō: Emperor Go-Kameyama abdicates in favor of rival claimant Go-Komatsu.
  • 1520
    Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan.
  • 1944
    World War II: Battle of Aachen: The city of Aachen falls to American forces after three weeks of fighting, making it the first German city to fall to the Allies.
  • 1959
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.
  • 1987
    Jaffna hospital massacre is carried out by Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 70 ethnic Tamil patients, doctors and nurses.

Who were born on October 21?

  • 1762
    Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch statesman (d. 1818)
  • 1922
    Liliane Bettencourt, heir to L'Oreal
  • 1931
    Vivian Pickles, English actress
  • 1974
    Costel Busuioc, Romanian tenor
  • 1976
    Mélanie Turgeon, Canadian alpine skier

Who died on October 21?

  • 1266
    Birger jarl, Swedish statesman (b. 1210)
  • 1805
    Horatio Nelson, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1758)
  • 1965
    Bill Black, American musician (b. 1926)
  • 1984
    François Truffaut, French film director (b. 1932)
  • 1993
    Sam Zolotow, American theater reporter (b. 1899)

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