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 325th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 40 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 8, 2023 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 28,342,080 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 ‘trihectaicosapentagon’ day.
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 81 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 3,987 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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November 21 Historical Events
Sailors onboard Brazil’s most powerful military units, including the brand-new warships Ship Brazilian battleship, Ship Brazilian battleship, and Ship Brazilian cruiser, violently rebel in what is now known as the Revolta da Chibata (Revolt of the Lash).
World War I: A mine explodes and sinks HMHS Britannic in the Aegean Sea, killing 30 people.
Second Vatican Council: The third session of the Roman Catholic Church’s ecumenical council closes.
Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: “I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing.”
Indian troops, partly aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas), defeat the Pakistan army in the Battle of Garibpur.
The United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan is attacked by a mob and set on fire, killing four. (see: Foreign relations of Pakistan)
A deadly fire breaks out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Paradise, Nevada (now Bally’s Las Vegas). 87 people are killed and more than 650 are injured in the worst disaster in Nevada history.
United States Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard is arrested for spying after being caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations. He is subsequently sentenced to life in prison.
Antonio Salinass in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33.
The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq’s external debt.
Who were born on November 21?
Josiah Bartlett, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (d. 1795)
Mollie Steimer Russian-born American anarchist (d. 1980)
Stan Musial, American baseball player
Xie Jin, Chinese film director (d. 2008)
Goldie Hawn, American actress
Brian Ritchie, American musician (Violent Femmes)
Antonio Tarver, American boxer
Cherie Johnson, American actress
Callum Ferguson, Australian Cricketer
Megan and Liz, American musicians
Who died on November 21?
Jan Brożek, Polish mathematician, physician, and astronomer (b. 1585)
Ivan Krylov, Russian fabulist (b. 1769)
Henrietta Vinton Davis American elocutionist and public speaker (b. 1860)
Alexander Patch, American general (b. 1889)
Mutesa II of Buganda, President of Uganda (b. 1924)
John B. Gambling, American radio talk show host (b. 1897)
Dar Robinson, American film stuntman (b. 1947)
Sonny Werblin, former owner of the New York Jets (b. 1907)
Quentin Crisp, British writer and actor (b. 1908)
Ernest Lluch, Spanish politician (b. 1937)
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