On This Day

What Happened on October 21, 2019

Historical Events

  • Australia's biggest newspapers all blank out their front pages in protest against press restrictions

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Canadian Federal Election: Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party loses its majority but wins the most seats (157) to form a minority government

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Facebook says it has taken down four state-backed disinformation campaigns, three from Iran, one from Russia in addition to dozens earlier this year
  • Lebanon government approves economic reforms after 5 days of protests, largest in a decade
  • Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn strips his royal consort Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi of her titles for "misbehaviour and disloyalty against the monarch" two months after she was appointed to them
  • World's oldest natural pearl, 8,000 years old, announced discovered during excavations at Marawah Island, near Abu Dhabi, UAE

Famous Deaths

  • Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), dies at 78
2019 Highlights

About October 21, 2019

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 8 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Libra