On This Day

Year 2021 in History

Events in History

  • 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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Historical Figures Born in 2021

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

Historical Marriages

  • May 29 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (56) marries third wife Carrie Symonds (33) at Westminster Cathedral, London
  • Jul 17 Radio host Bobby Bones marries Caitlin Parker at home in Nashville
  • Jul 24 Lady Kitty Spencer, niece of Princess Diana, marries retail tycoon Michael Lewis, at the Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati, Italy

Historical Divorces


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