What happened this day in history April 21

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

  • 1509
    Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.
  • 1519
    Hernán Cortés lands in Veracruz, Veracruz
  • 1894
    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.
  • 1945
    World War II: Soviet Union forces south of Berlin at Zossen attack the German High Command headquarters.
  • 1960
    Founding of the Orthodox Bahá'í Faith in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962
    The Seattle World’s Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World’s Fair in the United States since World War II.
  • 1963
    The Universal House of Justice of the Bahá'í Faith is elected for the first time.
  • 1975
    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.
  • 1993
    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.
  • 2004
    Five suicide car bombers target police stations in and around Basra, killing 74 people and wounding 160.

Who were born on April 21?

  • 1767
    Elisabeth of Württemberg, Archduchess of Austria (d. 1790)
  • 1854
    William Stang, Roman Catholic Bishop (d. 1907)
  • 1898
    Maurice Wilson, Everest climber, Yorkshire hero (d. 1934)
  • 1951
    Michael Hartley Freedman, American mathematician
  • 1954
    James Morrison, American actor
  • 1959
    Arno Pijpers, Dutch football coach
  • 1959
    Tim Jacobus, American artist (Goosebumps)
  • 1963
    John Cameron Mitchell, American film director
  • 1964
    Alex Baumann, Canadian swimmer
  • 1968
    Peter van Vossen, Dutch footballer and football coach

Who died on April 21?

  • 1142
    Pierre Abélard, French writer (b. 1079)
  • 1815
    Joseph Winston, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina (b. 1746)
  • 1852
    Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (b. 1787)
  • 1965
    Sir Edward Victor Appleton, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
  • 1973
    Arthur Fadden, 13th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
  • 1978
    Thomas Wyatt Turner, American civil rights advocate and agricultural engineer (b. 1877)
  • 1980
    Aleksandr Oparin, Russian biochemist (b. 1894)
  • 1985
    Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio pioneer (b. 1902)
  • 1999
    Charles ‘Buddy’Rogers, American actor and musician (b. 1904)
  • 2003
    Nina Simone, American singer and pianist (b. 1933)

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