On This Day

Historical Events in 2021 (Part 4)

Events 601 - 689 of 689

  • Aug 14 Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Gilbert throws a no-hitter in his MLB debut, defeating San Diego Padres, 7-0 in Phoenix; record equalling 8th no-hitter of the season
  • Aug 14 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes south-west Haiti near city of Les Cayes, killing at least 2,200 people, injuring many more and destroying 52,000 homes
  • Aug 14 Spain records its highest ever temperature of 47.2C (117F) in Montoro, Córdoba [1]
  • Aug 14 It rains for the first time at Greenland ice sheets' highest point, at Summit Station research facility, above freezing conditions create some melting for 337,000 square miles of ice [1]
  • Aug 14 Calder Fire, near Lake Tahoe, begins in California, goes on to destroy 1000 structures and over 218,000 acres [1]

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Aug 15 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls a snap election for 20 September, two years ahead of schedule

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Aug 15 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flees the country as Taliban forces enter the capital Kabul and take control
  • Aug 15 Petrol tanker explosion kills 27 and injures 79 in al-Tleil, Lebanon, amid the country's continuing economic crisis
  • Aug 16 Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his cabinet resign after losing their majority amid political turmoil

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Aug 16 US President Joe Biden says "I stands squarely behind my decision" to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, despite sudden collapse of the country to the Taliban

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • Aug 16 First official water shortage declared at Lake Mead, major reservoir on Colorado river supplying 40 million people, with cuts mandated mainly for Arizona
  • Aug 16 First Marvel film with an Asian superhero "Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings" starring Simu Liu premieres in Los Angeles
  • Aug 17 One in five US hospital I.C.U.s at or over 95% capacity due to Delta surge of COVID-19, with 1,800 children hospitalized [1]
  • Aug 18 MLB Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani becomes fastest player in team history to reach 40 home runs in a season, also pitches 8 innings in 3-1 win at Detroit
  • Aug 19 Iran's official COVID-19 deathtoll passes 100,000 amid its fifth wave of infections, according to its Health Ministry
  • Aug 21 Flash flooding in Humphreys County, Middle Tennessee, kills 22 with dozens missing
  • Aug 22 British Open Women's Golf, Carnoustie CC: Anna Nordqvist of Sweden finishes 1 stroke clear of Madelene Sagström, Lizette Salas and Georgia Hall to win her third major title
  • Aug 22 Tropical storm Henri makes landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island

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Aug 22 Josephine Baker will be the first black woman to be interred in the Panthéon in Paris, according to the French government

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker

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Aug 22 US Vice President Kamala Harris arrives in Singapore to begin a short visit to South East Asia

49th US Vice President and Senator Kamala Harris
49th US Vice President and Senator
Kamala Harris
  • Aug 23 US Food and Drug Administration grants full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and over. First vaccine to move past emergency-use status in the US.
  • Aug 23 Video evidence of a Seychelles giant tortoise hunting and eating a bird revealed for the first time, tortoises previously thought to be herbivores [1]
  • Aug 24 16th Paralympic Games opens in Tokyo, Japan

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Aug 24 Kathy Hochul becomes the first female Governor of New York, replacing Andrew Cuomo after his resignation

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo
  • Aug 24 UN says Madagascar on brink of world's first "climate change famine" with people suffering "catastrophic" levels of hunger, after four years without rain [1]

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Aug 24 Beyoncé becomes first black woman and third person to wear the Tiffany Diamond in an advertising campaign for the company alongside her husband Jay-Z

  • Aug 26 Two bomb blasts at Kabul Airport, Afghanistan, kill at least 60 people, including 12 US soldiers, amid international efforts to evacuate citizens out of the country
  • Aug 27 Britain's Prince Andrew served with a US federal lawsuit alleging he sexually abused a teenager 20 years ago [1]
  • Aug 28 MLB Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani becomes 1st player in team history to reach 20 stolen bases and hit 40 home runs in a season, in 10-2 win over San Diego Padres
  • Aug 29 Hurricane Ida makes landfall as a Category 4 storm near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
  • Aug 29 Missile and drone attack on al-Anad airbase in south Yemen kills at least 30 soldiers, one of the deadliest attacks in recent years [1]
  • Aug 30 America ends its longest-ever war of 20 years in Afghanistan as the last military evacuation plane flies out of Kabul
  • Aug 30 Algeria becomes the last country to stop selling leaded petrol, ending 99 years of gasoline use worldwide, saving 1.2 million lives a year [1]
  • Aug 30 China restricts online gaming for under 18s to one hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays ordering companies to enforce this [1]

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Aug 31 36-year old Cristiano Ronaldo is confirmed as a Manchester United player for a second time when his transfer from Juventus is ratified; Ronaldo left United in 2009 to join Real Madrid

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Sep 1 Texas law banning most abortion after six weeks comes into effect, now most restrictive in the country
  • Sep 1 South America's second-longest river, the Paraná, at its lowest levels for 77 years due to drought
  • Sep 1 Cristiano Ronaldo breaks world record for goals scored in men's international football; hits his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal in 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Republic of Ireland in Faro
  • Sep 1 Record rain recorded in Central Park, New York (7.13 inches) and Newark, New Jersey (8.41 inches) from remnants of Hurricane Ida
  • Sep 1 Powerful 400 yard wide EF-3 tornado travels 12.5 miles through Gloucester County, New Jersey, destroying 50 homes, several farm buildings, and killing 3 dairy cows
  • Sep 2 At least 43 people die as the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the US Northeast with record rains, tornadoes and flooding with New York and New Jersey declaring state of emergency
  • Sep 4 Nigerian government announces it is suspending Twitter indefinitely after it removed a post by President Muhammadu Buhari
  • Sep 5 Coup by soldiers in Guinea headed by Colonel Doumbouya deposes President Alpha Condé and his government, claiming rampant corruption
  • Sep 5 Tour Championship, Men's Golf, East Lake GC, GA: Patrick Cantlay claims richest prize in golf ($15m) with 1 stroke win over Jon Rahm; runner-up Rahm pockets $5m
  • Sep 6 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Inverness GC, OH: Europe retains title 15-13; Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark edges Danielle Kang 1-up to clinch Cup for Europe
  • Sep 7 Taliban announce their interim government in Afghanistan with Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund in the most senior role
  • Sep 7 Mexican Supreme Court rules making abortion a crime is unconstitutional, setting an important precedent [1]
  • Sep 7 Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs law restricting voting rights in the state, including limiting use of drop boxes and empowering partisan observers [1]
  • Sep 7 US records more than 40 million cases of COVID-1, daily cases at 161,000 (5 September), daily deaths at 1,560 with hospitalizations averaging 102,000 per day (NY Times figures)
  • Sep 7 San Salvador becomes the first country to adopt Bitcom as legal tender
  • Sep 8 US Biden administration releases blueprint calling for 44% of American electricity to come from the sun by 2050 (currently 3%) [1]
  • Sep 8 Forty-one prisoners die in a fire at Tangerang prison, near Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Sep 8 Large statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee removed from plinth on Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia
  • Sep 8 Wildfire in Spanish Sierra Bermeja mountains in Andalucía erupts forcing evacuation of 2,600 people
  • Sep 9 US President Joe Biden announces widespread COVID-19 vaccine mandates for federal workers, contractors and large employers affecting 100 million people [1]
  • Sep 9 US 2021 summer the hottest on record with average 74 degrees Fahrenheit, overtaking record set in 1936, during the Dust Bowl [1]
  • Sep 9 17 hospital patients die after heavy rainfall and flooding in Tula, central Mexico
  • Sep 9 Tom Brady becomes first player in NFL history to start 300 regular season games as he guides Tampa Bay Buccaneers to an opening day 31-29 win at home to Dallas Cowboys
  • Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: Emma Raducanu ends Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles title beating Leylah Fernandez of Canada 6-4, 6-3; first qualifier to win a major title in Open era
  • Sep 11 74th Cannes Film Festival: Audrey Diwan's "Happening" (L'Événement) wins the Palme d'Or
  • Sep 11 Twentieth anniversary of 9/11 marked by US President Joe Biden and former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in New York
  • Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis: Russia's Daniil Medvedev wins his first major title by shattering Novak Đoković's hopes of completing a Grand Slam in one-sided 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 final
  • Sep 12 Taliban says women must study in gender-segregated classrooms in Afghanistan
  • Sep 12 40th MTV Video Music Awards: Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber, and Olivia Rodrigo win
  • Sep 12 World's largest container ship, the Ever Ace, 400m-long (1,300ft) carrying 23,992 containers arrives in Felixstowe on its maiden voyage [1]
  • Sep 12 Paris's Arc de Triomphe covered in fabric in tribute to the late artist Christo, his unfulfilled project
  • Sep 13 Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett makes first official visit to Egypt in a decade for talks with President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh
  • Sep 13 Nicki Minaj tweets misinformation about vaccines making men impotent, forcing prominent officials to publicly debunk it, including Antony Fauci and the Health Minister of Trinidad
  • Sep 14 1 in 500 Americans now died of COVID-19 as the nations's known deathtoll reaches 663,913 (Johns Hopkins) [1]
  • Sep 14 California Governor Gavin Newsom defeats a state vote to recall him from office
  • Sep 14 US records lowest level of people living in poverty since records began in 1967 (9.1% vs 11.8% in 2019), due to increase in government aid [1]
  • Sep 15 US gymnasts, including Simone Biles, testify against former team doctor Larry Nassar at a Senate Committee hearing, criticizing a system that allowed it to happen
  • Sep 15 US, UK and Australia announce trilateral security partnership Aukus, to counteract influence of China, including helping Australia build nuclear-powered submarines [1]
  • Sep 15 SpaceX launches the first all-civilian spaceflight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for three-day orbit around Earth [1]
  • Sep 16 French President Emmanuel Macron says France has killed leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi
  • Sep 16 Idaho Department of Health and Wellness says whole state now in a hospital resource crisis, will ration healthcare, due to COVID-19 surge [1]
  • Sep 16 Britain's Kew Gardens sets world record for the largest living plant collection (16,900) on a single site according to Guinness World Records
  • Sep 16 Earliest evidence announced for humans making clothes discovered from bone tools 100,000 years old found at Contrebandiers Cave, Morocco [1]
  • Sep 17 France recalls its ambassadors to the US and Australia, describing their new Aukus pact and the cancellation of a major military contract as a 'stab in the back'
  • Sep 18 US authorities begin moving, to repatriate, more than 10,000 mostly Haitian migrants living under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas
  • Sep 19 Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts on the Spanish island of La Palma, its first eruption since 1971
  • Sep 19 US apologizes for an Afghan airstrike that killed 10 civilians, including seven children
  • Sep 19 RuPaul becomes the most decorated black artist in Emmy history, winning his 11th award for "RuPaul’s Drag Race"
  • Sep 19 73rd Emmy Awards: "The Crown" Best Drama, "Ted Lasso" Best Comedy, "Mare of Easttown" Best Limited Series
  • Sep 20 Pfizer announces they have developed a safe COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year olds with the dose 1/3 of the strength
  • Sep 20 First edition of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Frankenstein" sells for $1.17 million, setting new world record for a printed work by a woman [1]
  • Sep 20 Salvador Perez hits his 46th home run to break Hall of Famer Johnny Bench's MLB record for most in a season by a catcher in KC Royals' 7-2 win in Cleveland
  • Sep 21 World leaders address climate change at the UN, Joe Biden pledges to double financial aid to developing countries, President Xi Jinping says China will stop coal-fired projects abroad [1]
  • Sep 21 McDonald's announces plans to "drastically" reduce plastic in its Happy Meals by 2025 (these meals make it one of largest toy distributors in the world) [1]