2021 September

September 21: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on September 21

September 21st is Escapology Day and International Day of Peace.

We’ve made it to the 264th day of the year! There are 101 days left until we reach the new year.

Everyone who was born on this day shares the star sign of Virgo.

This day in history was a very important one in many areas including construction, inventions, literature, independence and so much more. Here you’re going to find out what events happened on this day that made history.

Did you know that on this day in 1937, English author J. R. R. Tolkien released his critically acclaimed book “The Hobbit“? It was met with almost universal approval and paved the way for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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

What Happened On September 21 In History?

2019

Widespread forest fires in Indonesia caused the skies to turn red.

The fires destroyed 800,000 acres of land in just the first eight months of 2019 alone.
Source BBC
2018

A report published on this day claimed that the fossils of Dickinsonia were the oldest animals to roam the planet.

OTD in 2018: A report published on this day claimed that the fossils of Dickinsonia were the oldest animals to roam the planet.
The report explains that they were alive 558 million years ago, making them one of the first animals to live on earth.
2017

A Jellyfish was discovered and became the first-known animal that sleeps and doesn’t have a brain.

2016

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan gave $3 billion to fight and end all diseases.

The donations would be made over a decade to different medical research to try and end all diseases by the end of the century.
Source NY Times
2007

The survival movie “Into the Wild,” starring Emile Hirsch, premiered at the Rome Film Festival.

2007

Actor George Clooney crashed on a motorcycle.

The accident happened at 3:00 am, and he suffered a broken rib and a few scratches.
2004

Rockband Green Day released their seventh album, “American Idiot.”

1964

Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom.

OTD in 1964: Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom.
1937

English author J. R. R. Tolkien released his critically acclaimed book “The Hobbit.”

1915

Sir Cecil Herbert Edward Chubb became the last private owner of Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England.

OTD in 1915: Sir Cecil Herbert Edward Chubb became the last private owner of Stonehenge
He purchased the ruins for just £6,600 and later donated them to the British Government in 2018.
1860

In the Second Opium War, an Anglo-French force defeated Chinese troops at the Battle of Palikao.

The battle allowed Western forces to take the capital Beijing and eventually defeat the Qing Empire.
1776

The Great Fire of New York ended on this day after starting the day before.

The fire occurred on the West Side of New York City, located on the southern end of the island of Manhattan. The fire destroyed between 10-25% of buildings in the city. It is unknown how the fire started, but as it happened in the early days of the revolutionary war, it is assumed that it was deliberately started.
1676

Benedetto Odescalchi was elected as Pope Innocent XI.

Did you know that on this day, September 21st 1937, English author J. R. R. Tolkien released his critically acclaimed book "The Hobbit"?