On This Day

Historical Events in 2021 (Part 2)

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Mar 31 US President Joe Biden overturns Trump's restrictions on transgender people serving in the armed forces

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden

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Mar 31 New York state legalizes recreational use of marijuana in legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo (sales not legal for 18 months)

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo
  • Mar 31 Paul Simon sells his entire songwriting catalog of over 400 songs to Sony Music Publishing for an undisclosed sum
  • Mar 31 Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman win computing's Turing Award for their work inventing computer program compilers
  • Mar 31 US President Joe Biden unveils " the American Jobs Plan" one of the largest infrastructure plans in US history- worth $2 trillion called
  • Mar 31 French President Emanuel Macon announces a new lockdown, closing schools for three weeks with new national restrictions
  • Apr 1 Seven democracy protesters convicted for unauthorized assembly in Hong Kong including Martin Lee and Jimmy Lai
  • Apr 2 New study suggests the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago created South America's tropical rainforests [1]
  • Apr 4 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand wins her first LPGA Tour event by 2 strokes from NZ's Lydia Ko who cards a 10-under-par final round
  • Apr 5 India records over 100,000 new COVID cases for the first time, more than half in the state of Maharashtra, which begins a new lockdown
  • Apr 5 Tropical Cyclone Seroja causes floods and landslides in southeast Indonesia and East Timor, killing at least 113 people according to local authorities [1]
  • Apr 5 Italy scraps its 1914 film censorship law that could ban films on moral and religious grounds
  • Apr 6 Jeff Bezos, worth $177 billion, tops Forbes Billionaires list of 2,755 people, including new entry Kim Kardashian
  • Apr 7 Recording-breaking price of $3.25 million for a comic book as Action Comics #1, that introduced Superman for the first time, sells at auction [1]
  • Apr 7 UK COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 now the dominant variant in the US according to the CDC, as 108 American have received at least one vaccine dose [1]
  • Apr 8 US President Joe Biden says "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic" as he unveils package of executive actions including restrictions on "ghost guns"

  • Apr 8 Dr. Anthony Fauci thanks American health workers for their sacrifice during the pandemic, acknowledging their more than 3,600 deaths
  • Apr 8 Seventh night of unrest in Belfast, Northern Ireland even after joint call for calm by UK PM and Irish Premier
  • Apr 8 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
  • Apr 9 Uganda opposition party National Unity Platform Party, headed by Bobi Wine, claims 623 people have been abducted and tortured by the government of President Yoweri Museveni [1]
  • Apr 9 La Soufrière volcano begins erupting on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent with a plume of ash 20,000 feet into the sky
  • Apr 10 China orders Alibaba pay a record fine of 18.2 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) after anti-trust regulations say it has been acting as a monopoly
  • Apr 11 74th BAFTAS held virtually; Nomadland" best film, Chloé Zhao best director, Frances McDormand, Anthony Hopkins best acting awards
  • Apr 11 85th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Hideki Matsuyama become first Japanese male to win a golf major; hangs on to beat American Will Zalatoris by 1 stroke
  • Apr 11 Tropical cyclone Seroja makes landfall in Western Australia near the town of Kalbarri with winds up to 170km/h (105mph)
  • Apr 11 20-year-old Daunte Wright shot and killed at a traffic stop by police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, who says they mistook their gun for a taser
  • Apr 12 Great Britain loosens its COVID-19 restrictions, opening pubs and shops after 175 days, the world's longest period of restrictions
  • Apr 12 Worst frost conditions in half a century will affect 80% of French vineyards according to industry officials [1]
  • Apr 13 US, South Africa and the EU authorities temporarily stop administrating Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines after six women developed blood clots (out of 6.8 million)
  • Apr 13 White voice actor Hank Azaria apologizes for voicing Indian character Apu on The Simpsons for 30 years