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October 21: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, October 21, 2001, the United We Stand concert took place?

October 21st is the day we officially celebrate Count Your Buttons Day and Reptile Awareness Day.

We are now on day 294 out of 365, and only have 71 days left of the year.

This day in years gone by was a very important one in many areas including areas like technology, economy, space and so much more.

Did you know that on this day in 2001, the United We Stand concert took place? The show was held in memory of victims of the September 11th Attacks and was led by Michael Jackson.

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

What Events Happened On October 21 In History?

2021 Alec Baldwin accidentally used a live firearm during a movie rehearsal, during which he shot and killed a cinematographer.

2019 Major Australian newspapers blacked out their front pages in protest against press restrictions on printing whistleblower stories.

OTD in 2019: Major Australian newspapers blacked out their front pages in protest against press restrictions on printing whistleblower stories.

2019 The oldest natural pearl ever discovered off the Abu Dhabi coast was estimated to be 8,000 years old.

2012 Native American Kateri Tekakwitha became the first native to become a saint.

Tekakwitha was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI.

2001 Benefit concert “United We Stand” led by Michael Jackson took place on this day to stand up against terrorism.

Many top artists performed including Mariah Carey, Al Green, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Goo Goo Dolls, Backstreet Boys, Usher, Pink, NSYNC and more.

1990 Apple Day started in Covent Garden, London.

The annual event is a huge celebration of apples with cooking demos, games, juice and cider and the hundreds of apple varieties on sale.

1966 The catastrophic Tragedy of Aberfan occurred in South Wales killing many who were in a local school, mostly children.

OTD in 1966: The catastrophic Tragedy of Aberfan occurred in South Wales killing many who were in a local school
A coal waste pile up created by the National Coal Board overflowed at the top of the village of Aberfan. The overflow flooded a junior school and surrounding buildings, killing 116 children and 28 adults.

1964 The American musical comedy “My Fair Lady,” starring Audrey Hepburn, was released in the US.

1915 From Virginia to Paris, the first radio message to go across the Atlantic Ocean was sent on this date.

1803 English chemist John Dalton read his first atomic theory paper to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical society.

Dalton's paper was called "On the Absorption of Gases by Water and other Liquids," and it contained Dalton's Law. It's also known as Dalton's law of partial pressures, and is used to prove that the total pressure given out from a mixture of non-reacting gases, is the same as the partial pressures of the individual gases in the mixture. Meaning that the mixture doesn't increase exerted pressure.

1789 Following the women’s march on Versailles, The National Assembly declared martial law in France to prevent future uprisings.

1520 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived at Cape Virgenes, being the first European to sail the Pacific Ocean.

OTD in 1520: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan arrived at Cape Virgenes

1209 Otto IV was crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Innocent III.

Famous Quotes Said On October 21

Memorable quotes are being said or written every day. Here we have the most notable quote ever said on this day.

1940

“Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it.”

– Virginia Woolf

1916

“One must look into hell before one has any right to speak of heaven.”

– Bertrand Russell

1769

“Life is bristling with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to cultivate one’s garden.”

– Voltaire

Famous People Born On October 21

Is today is your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Carrie Fisher. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

1956 Carrie Fisher

American Actress

Carrie Fisher
Died On:
Dec 27, 2016 (Age 60)
Born In:
California, USA

1988 Glen Powell

American Actor

Glen Powell
Age:
33 years old
Born In:
Texas, USA

Special Holidays On October 21

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

October 21: Count Your Buttons Day

Count Your Buttons Day

October 21: National Reptile Awareness Day

National Reptile Awareness Day

October 21 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

If you were born on October 21, your star sign is Libra.

Those of you that were born in October have the Pink Tourmaline birthstone. Tourmaline comes in nearly every shade you could imagine, making it a popular stone in recent years.

For people born on Oct 21, your estimated date of conception falls on January 28 in the same year.

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