What are the important events that happened on November 21? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
November 21: Facts & Myths About This Day
November 21 is the 326th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 40 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 8, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,765,280 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 ‘trihectaicosahexagon’ day.
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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Topaz is the modern birthstone for this month. Pearl is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 83 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 2,892 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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November 21 Historical Events
164 BC –
Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.
Port Arthur, Manchuria falls to the Japanese, a decisive victory of the First Sino-Japanese War, after which Japanese troops massacre the remaining inhabitants of the city.
A pogrom takes place in Lwów (now Lviv); over three days, at least 50 Jews and 270 Ukrainian Christians are killed by Poles.
The completion of the Alaska Highway (also known as the Alcan Highway) is celebrated (however, the highway is not usable by general vehicles until 1943).
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army declares a unilateral cease-fire in the Sino-Indian War.
Second Vatican Council: The third session of the Roman Catholic Church’s ecumenical council closes.
U.S. President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato agree in Washington, D.C. on the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. is to retain its rights to bases on the island, but these are to be nuclear-free.
The Birmingham Pub Bombings kill 21 people. The Birmingham Six are sentenced to life in prison for the crime but subsequently acquitted.
The United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan is attacked by a mob and set on fire, killing four. (see: Foreign relations of Pakistan)
The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq’s external debt.
Who were born on November 21?
Dorothea Jordan, British actress (d. 1816)
Tom Horn, American lawman and convicted murderer (d. 1903)
Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer (d. 2003)
Marlo Thomas, American actress
Phil Bredesen, American politician and 48th Governor of Tennessee
Alphonse Mouzon, American drummer
Cedric Maxwell, American basketball player
Michael Wilson, Australian rules footballer
Daniel Bradshaw, Australian rules footballer
Elena Myers, American motorcycle racer
Who died on November 21?
Pope Gelasius I
Jan Brożek, Polish mathematician, physician, and astronomer (b. 1585)
François de Troy, French portrait artist (b. 1645)
Panos Kolokotronis, Greek fighter in the Greek War of Independence (b. 1800)
Garret Hobart, 24th Vice President of the United States (b. 1844)
Francis Burton Harrison, American politician (b. 1873)
Max Baer, American boxer (b. 1909)
Kathryn Johnston, American police shooting victim (b. 1914)
Noel McGregor, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1931)
Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, American artist and writer (b. 1917)
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