About October 21

October 21, 2022 is the 294th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 71 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 93 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 21

  • 1096
    People’s Crusade: The Turkish army annihilates the People’s Army of the West.
  • 1209
    Otto IV is crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Innocent III.
  • 1520
    Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan.
  • 1600
    Tokugawa Ieyasu defeats the leaders of rival Japanese clans in the Battle of Sekigahara, which marks the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate that in effect rules Japan until the mid-nineteenth century.
  • 1774
    First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
  • 1824
    Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement.
  • 1854
    Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses are sent to the Crimean War.
  • 1895
    The Republic of Formosa collapses as Japanese forces invade.
  • 1912
    During the First Balkan War, Kardzhali is liberated by Bulgarian forces
  • 1921
    President Warren G. Harding delivers the first speech by a sitting President against lynching in the deep south.
  • 1945
    Women’s suffrage: Women are allowed to vote in France for the first time.
  • 1950
    Korean War: heavy fighting begins between British and Australian forces from the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade and the North Korean 239th Regiment during the Battle of Yongju.
  • 1956
    Kenyan rebel leader Dedan Kimathi is captured by the British Army, signalling the ultimate defeat of the Mau Mau Uprising, and essentially ending the British military campaign.
  • 1959
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.
  • 1966
    Aberfan disaster: A slag heap collapses on the village of Aberfan in Wales, killing 144 people, mostly schoolchildren.
  • 1971
    A gas explosion kills 22 people at a shopping centre in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1973
    Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • 1977
    The European Patent Institute is founded.
  • 1994
    In Seoul, 32 people are killed when the Seongsu Bridge collapses.
  • 2003
    Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in documenting its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.

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