September 21: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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

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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 Events Happened On September 21 In History?

2022 The Netflix limited series about the life of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was released.

"Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" followed the infamous Milwaukee serial killer, aiming to tell the gruesome story through the experience of his victims.

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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.


2018 A report published claimed that the fossils of Dickinsonia were the oldest animals to roam the planet.

OTD in 2018: A report published 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.

Donations would be made over a decade to further medical research to try and end all diseases by the end of the century.

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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.”

2003 After 14 years in space, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft was intentionally destroyed in Jupiter’s atmosphere.

The Galileo spacecraft was a space probe designed to study Jupiter and its moons. Launched on October 18, 1989, it became the first spacecraft to orbit an outer planet. Galileo's mission was initially planned to last eight years but managed to keep functioning until it all but ran out of fuel. It was only due to this that it was crashed into Jupiter's atmosphere, as it would not be able to be controlled anymore without fuel.

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.”

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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.

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.

Famous People Born On September 21

If today’s your birthday, you share this special day with Stephen King! Here are other famous people born on this day.

1989 Jason Derulo

American Singer

Jason Derulo
33 years old
Born In:
Florida, USA

1947 Stephen King

American Author

Stephen King
75 years old
Born In:
Maine, USA
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1990 Christian Serratos

American Actress

Christian Serratos
32 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1983 Maggie Grace

American Actress

Maggie Grace
39 years old
Born In:
Ohio, USA

Special Holidays On September 21

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, here’s a few! These unique holidays are sure to bring some enjoyment to your day.

September 21: International Escapology Day

International Escapology Day

Escapology is the art of escaping entrapment in a highly theatrical manner, often involving some incredibly high-risk stunts. Escapology day celebrates these daredevils and the crazy acts they do, so watch some videos of escape artists today, or better, go and see a live show!

September 21: International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Today we celebrate International Day of Peace, a UN-sanctioned holiday that encourages forces worldwide to lay down their arms, at least for 24 hours. It’s more than that, though, as today we look for ways to be more peaceful with our neighbors.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Mickey Mouse was the first-ever cartoon character to talk. In the 1929 episode, The Karnival Kid, Mickey’s first words were “Hot dogs!”

September 21 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Virgo is an earth sign historically represented by the goddess of wheat and agriculture. Virgos tend to be logical, practical, and well-organized. They’re one of the most careful signs of the zodiac and always pay attention to even the most minor details.

Those of you that were born in September have the Sapphire birthstone. In the middle ages, priests believed that wearing sapphires would protect them against temptation, evil and impure thoughts. They were known as the stone of protection, which symbolized truth, faithfulness, and heaven.

People born on September 21 were likely conceived the previous year on December 29.

The due date for a baby conceived on this day is around June 14, 2024.

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