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April 21: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 21

April 21st is officially World Creativity and Innovation Day & Kindergarten Day.

We made it to day 111 of the year and there’s 254 days left to go until we reach the new year.

For those of you who were born on April 21, your star sign is Taurus.

If today is a special day for either you or a loved one, you should check out these historical events and facts about this day that helped shape the world we live in today.

Did you know that on this day in 1984, Forever 21 was founded? The company’s first store was opened in Los Angeles.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 21st in history!

What Happened On April 21 In History?


Climate change activist Greta Thunberg gave a speech in London leading to protests across the city for four days.

Almost a thousand people were arrested with 42 charged.

American singer and civil rights activist, Nina Simone died at 70 from breast cancer.


American Psychologist Timothy Leary and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry were launched into orbit after being cremated.

Their remains orbited the Earth once every 96 minutes and eventually fell back to Earth on May 20, 2002, in an area North East of Australia.

The FBI arrested an American terrorist, Timothy McVeigh, who was responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing.

The disaster happened on April 19 at 09:02 am. More than 168 people lost their lives, over 690 were injured, 324 buildings were affected and $652 million in damage was caused.

George W. Bush and Edward W. Rose shared ownership of the Texas Rangers baseball team.


Fashion store Forever 21 was founded in Los Angeles.


Legend Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” smashed the charts reaching #1.

OTD in 1956: Legend Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" smashed the charts reaching #1.

While observing a compass needle, scientist Hans Christian Ørsted discovered electromagnetism.

OTD in 1820: While observing a compass needle
Ørsted was setting up apparatus during a lecture. He turned on the electric and a compass needle moved away from magnetic north. None of his students could see it but he saw it clear and knew he'd witnessed something important.

The first vice president of the United States, John Adams, was sworn in.


Thomas Cromwell started plotting how to kill his wife Anne Boleyn.

Did you know that on this day, April 21st 1984, Forever 21 was founded?