What are the important events that happened on April 21? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
April 21: Facts & Myths About This Day
April 21 is the 112nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 254 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 8, 2020 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,587,427,200 seconds 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 ‘hectadecadigon’ day.
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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 297 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 2,678 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 21 Historical Events
Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.
Hernán Cortés lands in Veracruz, Veracruz
Norway formally adopts the Krag-Jørgensen rifle as the main arm of its armed forces, a weapon that would remain in service for almost 50 years.
World War II: Soviet Union forces south of Berlin at Zossen attack the German High Command headquarters.
Founding of the Orthodox Bahá'í Faith in Washington, D.C.
The Seattle World’s Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World’s Fair in the United States since World War II.
The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith is elected for the first time.
Vietnam War: President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu flees Saigon, as Xuan Loc, the last South Vietnamese outpost blocking a direct North Vietnamese assault on Saigon, falls.
The Supreme Court in La Paz, Bolivia, sentences former dictator Luis Garcia Meza to 30 years in jail without parole for murder, theft, fraud and violating the constitution.
Five suicide car bombers target police stations in and around Basra, killing 74 people and wounding 160.
Who were born on April 21?
Elisabeth of Württemberg, Archduchess of Austria (d. 1790)
William Stang, Roman Catholic Bishop (d. 1907)
Maurice Wilson, Everest climber, Yorkshire hero (d. 1934)
Michael Hartley Freedman, American mathematician
James Morrison, American actor
Arno Pijpers, Dutch football coach
Tim Jacobus, American artist (Goosebumps)
John Cameron Mitchell, American film director
Alex Baumann, Canadian swimmer
Peter van Vossen, Dutch footballer and football coach
Who died on April 21?
Pierre Abélard, French writer (b. 1079)
Joseph Winston, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina (b. 1746)
Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (b. 1787)
Sir Edward Victor Appleton, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
Arthur Fadden, 13th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
Thomas Wyatt Turner, American civil rights advocate and agricultural engineer (b. 1877)
Aleksandr Oparin, Russian biochemist (b. 1894)
Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio pioneer (b. 1902)
Charles ‘Buddy’Rogers, American actor and musician (b. 1904)
Nina Simone, American singer and pianist (b. 1933)
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