About April 21

April 21, 2024 is the 112th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 254 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 283 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 21

  • 1509
    Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII.
  • 1519
    Hernán Cortés lands in Veracruz, Veracruz
  • 1836
    Texas Revolution: The Battle of San Jacinto – Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat troops under Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna.
  • 1894
    Norway formally adopts the Krag-Jørgensen rifle as the main arm of its armed forces, a weapon that would remain in service for almost 50 years.
  • 1918
    World War I: German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, known as “The Red Baron”, is shot down and killed over Vaux-sur-Somme in France.
  • 1941
    Emmanouil Tsouderos becomes the 132nd Prime Minister of Greece.
  • 1945
    World War II: Soviet Union forces south of Berlin at Zossen attack the German High Command headquarters.
  • 1952
    Secretary‘s Day (now Administrative Professionals’Day) is first celebrated.
  • 1960
    Brasília, Brazil’s capital, is officially inaugurated. At 9:30 am the Three Powers of the Republic are simultaneously transferred from the old capital, Rio de Janeiro.
  • 1960
    Founding of the Orthodox Bahá'í Faith in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962
    The Seattle World’s Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World’s Fair in the United States since World War II.
  • 1964
    A Transit-5bn satellite fails to reach orbit after launch; as it re-enters the atmosphere, 2.1 lb of radioactive plutonium in its SNAP RTG power source is widely dispersed.
  • 1965
    The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opens for its second and final season.
  • 1966
    Rastafari movement: Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Jamaica, an event now celebrated as Grounation Day.
  • 1970
    The Hutt River Province Principality secedes from Australia.
  • 1975
    Vietnam War: President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu flees Saigon, as Xuan Loc, the last South Vietnamese outpost blocking a direct North Vietnamese assault on Saigon, falls.
  • 1989
    Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989: In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang.
  • 1993
    The Supreme Court in La Paz, Bolivia, sentences former dictator Luis Garcia Meza to 30 years in jail without parole for murder, theft, fraud and violating the constitution.
  • 1994
    The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan.
  • 2004
    Five suicide car bombers target police stations in and around Basra, killing 74 people and wounding 160.

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