January 21: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, January 21, 2007, American pop singer Ariana Grande joined YouTube at 13 years old?

January 21st is officially International Sweatpants Day as well as National Hug Day.

We made it to day twenty one of the year and there’s 344 days left to go until we reach the new year.

January 21 has been a very important day throughout history with many important events… and also some not so important, but nonetheless fun to share.

Did you know that on this day in 2007, American pop singer Ariana Grande joined YouTube at 13 years old? She is of Italian descent and is half Sicilian, half Abruzzese.

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

What Events Happened On January 21 In History?

2020 A meteorite that hit Australia 2.2 billion years ago was announced as Earth’s oldest recognized meteorite impact structure.

2018 America’s Rocket Lab Electron sent a rocket that uses an electric-filled pump engine into orbit, making it the first of its kind.

2017 Over two million women worldwide marched against Trump’s anti-women and offensive slews.

OTD in 2017: Over two million women worldwide marched against Trump's anti-women and offensive slews.

Donald Trump had only been in his presidency for 24 hours!

2007 American pop singer Ariana Grande joined YouTube at 13 years old.

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1981 The iconic DeLorean sports car began production in Northern Ireland.

This was the only model ever made by the DeLorean Motor Company, which filed for bankruptcy after building just 9,000 cars. Despite looking incredibly sleek, its engine was surprisingly underpowered - not that speed matters when you turn it into a time machine!

1977 Hundreds of thousands of Americans who evaded the Vietnam War were pardoned by President Jimmy Carter.

OTD in 1977: Hundreds of thousands of Americans who evaded the Vietnam War were pardoned by President Jimmy Carter.

This is known as the Granting Pardon for Violations of the Selective Service Act. The President signed the proclamation on his first full day in office.

1972 The first Star Trek convention was held in New York City.

The "Star Trek Lives!" convention was held at the Statler Hilton hotel from January 21-23 and featured a variety of special guests from the show.

1948 The Flag of Quebec was adopted and flown for the first time over the National Assembly of Quebec.

The day is marked annually as Québec Flag Day.

1921 The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by British crime writer Agatha Christie, was published in the UK.

OTD in 1921: The Mysterious Affair at Styles

This was her first novel and introduced the famous character, Hercule Poirot.


1908 New York City passed a law prohibiting women from smoking in public places.

1793 King of France, Louis XVI, faced gruesome guillotine execution for high treason.

OTD in 1793: King of France

1789 The Power of Symphony by William Hill Brown became the first novel published in America.

1677 A medical paper on smallpox was published in Boston, making it the first medical publication in American history.

Famous Quotes Said On January 21

Every day brings a new quote – here are the most well-known quotes spoken or written on Jan 21st in history.


“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

– Maya Angelou


“Art is only a way of expressing pain.”

– John Lennon


“Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Famous People Born On January 21

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Christian Dior? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1994 Booboo Stewart

American Actor

Booboo Stewart
29 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1869 Grigori Rasputin

Russian Peasant

Grigori Rasputin
Died On:
Dec 30, 1916 (Age 47)
Born In:
Pokrovskoye, Russia

1905 Christian Dior

French Fashion Designer

Christian Dior
Died On:
Oct 24, 1957 (Age 52)
Born In:
Granville, France

1970 Ken Leung

American Actor

Ken Leung
53 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

Special Holidays On January 21

If you’re looking to try something new today, here are some special holidays that might just give you an idea.

January 21: International Sweatpants Day

International Sweatpants Day

Today is the perfect excuse to wear whatever you like and spend 24 hours in total comfort. That’s because today is International Sweatpants Day, so pull out your coziest sweatpants and just chill.

January 21: National Hugging Day

National Hugging Day

Does anything lift your spirits as much as a long hug? National Hugging Day was created back in the ’60s to help people overcome their fear of showing emotion in public. Also, by this time of year, everyone needs a good hug!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

When you exercise, the burned fat metabolizes to become carbon dioxide, water, and energy. Meaning: you exhale the fat that you lose.

January 21 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on January 21st shares the star sign of Aquarius.

Aquarians are known thinkers, and they’ll be able to shake your world once they are in it.

If you were born in January, your birthstone is the Garnet. Garnet comes from the Latin word Garanatus, meaning seeds or seed-representing.

People born on January 21 were likely conceived the previous year on April 30.

A baby conceived on January 21, 2023, will likely be born around October 14, 2023.

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