On This Day

What Happened in 2021

Historical Events

  • Jan 4 1st Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines given to the general public with 82 year old Brian Pinker in the UK first to be jabbed [1]
  • Jan 6 Supporters of President Donald Trump storm US Capitol in Washington during congressional certification of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's win, resulting in five deaths and prompting evacuation of lawmakers and vice-president Mike Pence
  • Feb 1 Military stage a coup in Myanmar, detaining civilian leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi and declare a one-year state of emergency
  • May 25 US CDC says half of all US adults are now fully vaccinated, with 61% having had their first shot
  • Jun 25 WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirms the COVID-19 Delta variant is the most transmissible to date, now present in 85 countries and spreading rapidly [1]
  • Jun 28 Tigray Defense Forces retake Tigray's regional capital of Mekelle in Ethiopia's Tigray War. The Ethiopian government declares a unilateral ceasefire to save face but neither side sticks to it. [1]
  • Aug 15 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flees the country as Taliban forces enter the capital Kabul and take control
  • Sep 14 1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19 as the nation's known death toll reaches 663,913 (Johns Hopkins) [1]
  • Oct 6 WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recommends world's first Malaria vaccine (Mosquirix) for children after a pilot program was effective in Africa [1]
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2021 in Film & TV

2021 in Music

  • Nov 12 LA judge rules to end Britney Spears' conservatorship, which had controlled almost all aspects of her life for 14 years

2021 in Sport

  • Jun 23 1st ICC World Test Championship final, Southampton: New Zealand dismisses India for meagre 170; completes tricky chase of 139 on 6th day to win inaugural cricket title

Did You Know?

Egyptian archaeologists announce their most important find since Tutankhamun's tomb - discovery of a lost 'golden city' the 3,000-years-old ancient city of Aten near Luxor

On April 8, 2021


Famous People Born in 2021

  • Jun 4 Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, born in Santa Barbara, California

Would You Believe?

Digital art work "Everydays: The First 5,000 Days" a digital college by Beeple, with a non-fungible token, sells for record $69.3 million in online auction by Christie's

On March 11, 2021

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 16 Actor Nicholas Cage marries for the fifth time to Riko Shibata at Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas
  • Mar 27 Rapper Jeezy marries TV fashion expert Jeannie Mae Jenkins at home in Atlanta
  • May 15 Pop star Ariana Grande (28) weds realtor Dalton Gomez (25) at home in Montecito, California

Famous Divorces


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