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 111st day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 254 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 8, 2019 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 25,930,080 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 ‘hectadecahenagon’ 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 279 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 2,312 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.
Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith, declares his mission as “He whom God shall make manifest”.
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.
The first Aggie Muster is held as a remembrance for fellow Texas A&M graduates who had died in the previous year.
Emmanouil Tsouderos becomes the 132nd Prime Minister of Greece.
Brasília, Brazil’s capital, is officially inaugurated. At 9:30 am the Three Powers of the Republic are simultaneously transferred from the old capital, Rio de Janeiro.
Founding of the Orthodox Bahá'í Faith in Washington, D.C.
The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opens for its second and final season.
Greek military junta of 1967–1974: A few days before the general election in Greece, Colonel George Papadopoulos leads a coup d'état, establishing a military regime that lasts for seven years.
The Hutt River Province Principality secedes from Australia.
Who were born on April 21?
Charlotte Brontë, English author (d. 1855)
Fredrik Bajer, Danish politician, Nobel laureate (d. 1922)
William Stang, Roman Catholic Bishop (d. 1907)
Maurice Wilson, Everest climber, Yorkshire hero (d. 1934)
Sir Anthony Mason, former Chief Justice of Australia
Barbara Park, American author of children’s books
Robert Smith, British musician (The Cure)
Eric Mabius, American actor
Nadif Chowdhury, Bangladeshi cricketer
Carlos Muñoz, Chilean footballer
Who died on April 21?
Pope Alexander II
Petrus Apianus, German mathematician (b. 1495)
Philippe de la Hire, French mathematician and historian (b. 1640)
Antoine Hamilton, French writer (b. 1646)
Robert Bridges, English poet (b. 1844)
Aldo Leopold, American ecologist and author (b. 1887)
Charles MacArthur, American writer (b. 1895)
Issy Bonn, British actor and musician (b. 1893)
Charles ‘Buddy’Rogers, American actor and musician (b. 1904)
Lobby Loyde, Australian guitarist and songwriter (b. 1941)
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