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Historical Events in 2021 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 519 of 519

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 13 French Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins his 19th Grand Slam singles title; beats Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Jun 14 Heatwave event begins across western US and Canadian states with Denver at 101 degrees and Helena 105 degrees

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Jun 14 Cristiano Ronaldo removes sponsors coke bottles from his press table at the European Championships, prompting the company share price to drop $4 billion

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jun 15 US death toll from COVID-19 tops 600,000 (Johns Hopkins), with 65% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose

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Jun 15 NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a "return to life as we know it" lifting all COVID-19 restrictions after the state passes 70% vaccinated with one dose

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo
  • Jun 15 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warns of possible food shortages and COVID-19 restrictions while addressing national conference

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

Jun 16 Summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, over issues including cyberattacks and human rights

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • Jun 17 US designates June 19 as a federal holiday "Juneteenth" is considered the date of the end of slavery, when word of the end of the Civil War and Emancipation was delivered to Galveston, Texas
  • Jun 17 US President Joe Biden signs into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act making June 19th a federal holiday commemorating emancipation
  • Jun 17 China launches its Shenzhou-12 spacecraft with three astronauts arriving at its new space station Tiangong six and a half hours later
  • Jun 18 Jurist and conservative Ebrahim Raisi elected President of Iran on a low turn out
  • Jun 18 Record 82 million people now forcibly displaced, or over 1% of world's population, according to UN refugee agency [1]
  • Jun 20 Brazil's COVID-19 death toll passes 500,000, the second highest in the world
  • Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Torrey Pines GC: Jon Rahm beats Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa by 1 stroke to become first Spaniard to win the event
  • Jun 20 China announces it has administered 1 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Jun 21 New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is the first openly transgender athlete to be selected for the Olympics

  • Jun 21 Swedish government of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven toppled after a no confidence vote for the first time in Swedish history
  • Jun 21 Colombia's COVID-19 recorded death toll passes 100,000, the tenth country in the world to do so
  • Jun 21 Carl Nassib becomes the first openly gay player in the NFL in a post on Instagram
  • Jun 22 Unesco says Australia's Great Barrier Reef should be put on list of World Heritage Sites that are "in danger"

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Jun 22 Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pardons nine Catalan politicians and activists for the 2017 illegal secession referendum

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont
President of Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont
  • 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
  • Jun 23 Rembrandt's masterpiece "The Night Watch" seen in its entirety for first time in 300 years after AI used to fill in pieces trimmed at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Jun 23 US Supreme Court rules in favor of teen kicked off cheerleading team after profane social media post, saying school violated her free speech [1]

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Jun 23 Britney Spears requests a judge end her court-ordered conservatorship, states "I think this conservatorship is abusive. I don't think I can live a full life"

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • Jun 24 Second discovery of the remains of 761 people, mainly indigenous children announced at former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan
  • Jun 24 Residential tower Champlain Towers South collapses at 1.30am in Surfside, Miami Beach, with 156 people missing (97 bodies eventually recovered)
  • Jun 25 New type of ancient human announced "Nesher Ramla Homo" 140,000-120,000 years ago, possible Neanderthal ancestors uncovered in Ramla, Israel [1]
  • Jun 25 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola ties Tom Seaver's 51-year old MLB league record of 10 consecutive strike outs, in 2-1 loss to the Mets in New York
  • Jun 25 New species of ancient human announced after finding of massive fossilized skull - Homo longi "Dragon Man" from North East China [1]

MurderMurder of Interest

Jun 25 Former US police officer Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22 years and six months for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis

Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • Jun 25 WHO head says COVID-19 variant Delta is the most transmissible to date, now present in 85 countries and spreading rapidly [1]
  • Jun 26 British Health Minister Matt Hancock resigns after photos of him kissing an aide (and not social distancing) emerge
  • Jun 26 Sydney goes into a two-week lockdown amid a Delta variant COVID-19 outbreak and low levels of vaccination
  • Jun 26 South Africa announces 14-day lockdown to counter a third COVID-19 wave of infections fueled by the Delta variant, with only 2.5 million vaccines administrated [1]
  • Jun 26 Largest-ever pile up in the Tour de France caused by a spectator with a sign during Stage 1. Spectator later hunted down and arrested.

  • Jun 27 Women's PGA Championship, Atlanta AC: Nelly Korda beats fellow American Lizette Salas by 3 strokes to win her first major title
  • Jun 27 Hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada at 46.6 C (116 F) in Lytton, British Columbia (breaks record 2 days later with 49.6 C)
  • Jun 27 Heat dome envelops the Pacific Northwest with Portland posting highest temperature since records began of 112 F (broken the next day)
  • Jun 27 Boat sinks off Tunisia, drowning 43 migrants with 84 rescued by Tunisian navy [1]
  • Jun 28 Ethiopian government declares unilateral ceasefire in breakaway Tigray region as rebel forces say they have retaken its regional capital Mekelle [1]
  • Jun 28 US Supreme Court declines to hear school's appeal in transgender bathroom case made by Gavin Grimm in Virginia, upholding an earlier decision it was discriminatory
  • Jun 28 AirCar, prototype flying car capable of flying 1,000km (600 miles), at height of 8,200ft (2,500m), completes 35 min test flight between Nitra and Bratislava airports
  • Jun 28 Mexico's Supreme Court decriminalizes marijuana use by adults

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Jun 29 Former South African President Jacob Zuma sentenced to 15 months in prison on contempt of court charges

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma
President of South Africa
Jacob Zuma
  • Jun 29 World's first known plague victim identified in the remains of a 5,000-year-old hunter-gatherer in Latvia [1]
  • Jun 29 Lytton, British Columbia, records Canada's highest-ever temperature of 49.6C (121.3F), before being destroyed by a wildfire the next day
  • Jun 30 World's oldest man is 112-year-old Emilio "Don Millo" Flores Márquez (born 8 August 1908) from Puerto Rico according to Guinness World Records [1]

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Jun 30 Pennsylvania Supreme overturns comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction, ruling that the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor’s agreement not to charge Cosby in return for Cosby's testimony in a related civil suit; Cosby immediately released from prison

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • Jun 30 Extreme heat wave caused at least 100 deaths in British Columbia according to state Coroners' Office [1]
  • Jun 30 US actress Allison Mack sentenced to three years for her role in the Nxivm sex cult in New York
  • Jun 30 Bangladesh begins a one-week lockdown enforced by the army as COVID-19 cases soar due to the Delta variant
  • Jun 30 American Abhimanyu Mishra becomes the youngest chess grandmaster ever at 12 years and 4 months, surpassing Sergey Karjakin
  • Jul 1 State of New York charges The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg with tax fraud and grand larceny [1]

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Jul 1 President Xi Jinping makes a defiant address at celebrations in Tiananmen Square, Beijing to mark the 100 year centenary of the Chinese Communist Party [1]

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping

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Jul 1 Indonesian President Joko Widodo announces a two-week lockdown for the islands of Java and Bali amid the worst COVID-19 outbreak in South East Asia

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo

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Jul 1 Britain's Princes William and Harry unveil statue to their mother Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday, at Kensington Palace

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Jul 2 India's known COVID-19 deathtoll passes 400,000 with 30.45 million cases, amid expert speculation that over one million have died [1]
  • Jul 3 Worst wildfires in Cyprus' history begin in Limassol district, spreading in next few days and killing four people
  • Jul 3 Mudslides crash through town of Atami, Japan, after torrential rain, killing three and leaving over 100 people missing
  • Jul 4 Military plane crashes near Jolo, Philippines, killing at lease 45 with dozens saved from the burning wreckage

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Jul 4 Pope Francis undergoes surgery to remove part of his colon in Rome

  • Jul 4 Columbus Blue Jackets' 24 year old Latvian goaltender Matīss Kivlenieks is killed when accidently struck by fireworks at the home of team goaltending coach Manny Legace in Novi, Michigan
  • Jul 4 Researchers reveal there are 14 living descendants of Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci [1]
  • Jul 5 One of world's oldest pieces of art, 51,000-year-old deer bone carved by Neanderthals, announced discovered in Harz Mountains, Germany [1]

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Jul 5 Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will scrap all COVID-19 restrictions in England from 19 July, to become most unrestricted country in Europe

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

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Jul 6 Mary Simon is named Canada's first indigenous Governor General by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Jul 7 World's biggest sandcastle 21.16 high (69.4 feet), using nearly 5,000 tonnes of sand completed in Blokhus, Denmark [1]
  • Jul 7 Haiti president Jovenel Moïse assassinated in his home in Pétionville, Haiti, state of emergency declared across the country
  • Jul 7 Stanley Cup Final, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL: Defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning beat Montreal Canadiens, 1-0 in Game 5; retain title, 4-1

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Jul 8 A tiny Leonardo da Vinci sketch "Head of a Bear", the size of a post-it sells for £8.9 million ($12.2 m) at auction in London [1]

Painter, Scientist and Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist and Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • Jul 8 US President Joe Biden says US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan will by August 31, despite increased Taliban gains across the country
  • Jul 8 Global known deathtoll from COVID-19 passes 4 million (equal to all deaths in battle since 1982) [1]
  • Jul 8 Japan says the Olympics will be held without spectators as Tokyo announces state of emergency due to a surge in COVID-19
  • Jul 8 MLB Padres relief pitcher Daniel Camarena gets his first hit, in his second career at bat - a grand slam - against Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer, in San Diego
  • Jul 8 Zaila Avant-garde, American student, age 14, from Harvey, Louisiana, wins Scripps National Spelling Bee title

  • Jul 9 Death Valley, California, hits temperature of 130 degrees F (54.4 C), one of the highest temperatures ever recorded on earth [1]
  • Jul 9 June 2021 US's hottest June ever recorded in 127 years, average temperature 72.6 degrees F (4.2 degrees above average) [1]
  • Jul 9 British road cyclist Mark Cavendish wins Nîmes to Carcassonne stage 13 of the Tour de France for his record equalling 34th career stage victory; equals Eddy Merckx's mark
  • Jul 10 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: World #1 Ashleigh Barty of Australia wins her second major title; beats Karolína Plíšková of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7, 6-3
  • Jul 11 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković claims a record equalling 20th Grand Slam title; beats Matteo Berrettini of Italy 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
  • Jul 11 UEFA European Championship Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Italy wins first Euro title since 1968, 3-2 on penalties over England after scores locked at 1-1 AET

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Jul 11 Copa América Final, Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro: Argentina beats Brazil, 1-0; Lionel Messi named player of the tournament in his first major international title victory

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jul 11 Rare mass anti-government protests across Cuba due to economic hardships and effects of COVID-19 led to widespread arrests

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Jul 11 Billionaire Richard Branson flys to the edge of space on his Virgin Galactic rocket plane in space tourism test

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • Jul 12 At least 92 people die in a fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in Iraqi city of Nasiriya
  • Jul 13 91st MLB All Star Game, Coors Field, Denver, CO: AL beats NL, 5-2 for their eighth consecutive victory
  • Jul 13 "Unprecedented" early fire season in western US as 67 large fires and nearly 918,000 acres reported burnt by Interagency Fire Center [1]
  • Jul 13 337 die in violent protests and looting in South Africa following the jailing of Jacob Zuma, with more than 200 shopping malls set alight [1]
  • Jul 14 Drug overdose deaths in the US rose 30% to record 93,000 in 2020 according to CDC [1]
  • Jul 15 Devastating floods linked to climate change sweep through towns in western Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, after record rainfall, killing at least 188 people
  • Jul 17 73rd Cannes Film Festival: Titane wins Palme d'Or, its director Frenchwoman Julie Ducournau only 2nd woman to win
  • Jul 18 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: American Collin Morikawa becomes first male in history to win his debut at 2 separate major events [2020 PGA C'ship]; beats Jordan Spieth by 2 strokes
  • Jul 18 108th Tour de France: Defending champion Tadej Pogačar of Slovenia becomes youngest rider to win the Tour twice; also claims Mountains and Youth classifications; Mark Cavendish wins points title
  • Jul 19 UK lifts most COVID-19 restrictions on so-called 'Freedom Day" despite 50,000 new daily infections
  • Jul 19 Bomb attack on al-Wuhailat market in Baghdad, Iraq, ahead of Eid al-Adha festival, kills 25 people

  • Jul 19 Peruvian union leader Pedro Castillo declared winner of the country's presidential election (11 April), defeating Keiko Fujimori by only 44,000 votes
  • Jul 20 US, NATO members and other states accuse China's Ministry of State Security for using "contract criminal hackers" to infiltrate Microsoft email systems [1]
  • Jul 20 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos goes into space in first unpiloted suborbital flight with all-civilian crew, aboard rocket developed by his company Blue Origin
  • Jul 20 Torrential rain causes severe flooding in China's Hunan province, flooding subways with people still on the trains, killing at least 12 people in Zhengzhou city [1]
  • Jul 20 Oregon's Bootleg fire has burnt nearly 400,000 acres, now so big it's generating its own weather patterns according to local fire chiefs
  • Jul 20 India's COVID-19 death toll likely 10 times its official toll, 3.4 million to 4.7 million (to June 2021), according to The Center for Global Development [1]
  • Jul 20 NBA Finals: Milwaukee Bucks beat Phoenix Suns, 105-98 in Game 6 to win first title in 50 years (1971); MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo, 50 points in Game 6
  • Jul 20 New York records the worst air quality in the world due to smoke from 80 wild fires on the US west coast [1]
  • Jul 20 Leyna Bloom becomes Sports Illustrated's first transgender cover model
  • Jul 21 Life expectancy in the US falls by 1.5 years (3 years for Hispanic Americans. 2.9 for Black Americans) in largest decline since WWII [1]
  • Jul 21 President Xi Jinping arrives in Tibet in first official visit by a Chinese leader in 30 years
  • Jul 22 US at “another pivotal point in this pandemic” says CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky as the Delta variant becomes dominant
  • Jul 23 XXXII Summer Olympic Games officially open at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jul 23 At least 110 people die in floods and landslides caused by heavy rain in Indian state of Maharashtra [1]
  • Jul 23 Indonesia posts a record daily number of COVID-19 deaths at 1,566 [1]
  • Jul 25 Typhoon In-Fa (Yanhua) makes landfall in the city of Zhoushan on China's east coast
  • Jul 25 USA's men's basketball team see their 25-game Olympic winning streak end; beaten 83-76 by France in first round match in Tokyo
  • Jul 25 Australia wins women's 4 x 100m relay for third straight Olympics as Bronte Campbell, Meg Harris, Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell set new WR 3:29.69 in Tokyo
  • Jul 25 Japanese judokas Uta Abe (women's 52kg) and brother Hifumi (men's 66kg) make history as first siblings to win Olympic gold medals in different events on same day at the Tokyo Games
  • Jul 25 Japanese skateboarder Yuto Horigome wins the sport's inaugural Olympic gold medal in the men's street section at the Tokyo Games
  • Jul 25 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: Australian Minjee Lee recovers from 7 shots behind to beat South Korea’s Lee6 Jeongeun in a play-off for her first major title
  • Jul 25 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Sunningdale: Welshman Stephen Dodd wins his first major title with a 1 stroke victory over Miguel Ángel Jiménez of Spain
  • Jul 26 Dominant British breaststroke swimmer Adam Peaty successfully defends his 100m title at the Tokyo Olympics beating Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands and Italian Nicolò Martinenghi