On This Day

2021 in History (Part 6)

Events in History

Events 501 - 580 of 580

Historic Event

Sep 8 US Biden administration releases blueprint calling for 44% of American electricity to come from the sun by 2050 (currently 3%) [1]

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • Sep 8 Forty-one prisoners die in a fire at Tangerang prison, near Jakarta, Indonesia

Historic Event

Sep 8 Large statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee removed from plinth on Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 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 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 Taliban says women must study in gender-segregated classrooms in Afghanistan
  • 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 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, UK and Australia announce trilateral security partnership Aukus, to counteract influence of China, including helping Australia build nuclear-powered submarines [1]

Historic Event

Sep 15 SpaceX launches the first all-civilian spaceflight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for three-day orbit around Earth [1]

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk

Historic Event

Sep 16 French President Emmanuel Macron says France has killed leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • 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 Body of travelogue blogger Gabby Petito found at Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming
  • 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

World Record

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]

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • 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]
  • Sep 22 WHO warns urgent action needed on air pollution, is on a par with smoking and a poor diet, causing seven million premature deaths a year
  • Sep 23 Fossilized footprints 23,000-21,000 years old from White Sands, New Mexico indicate settlement by humans of North and South America earlier than previous thought [1]
  • Sep 23 Biden administration and EPA introduce first regulation against greenhouse gases, reduction of hydrofluorocarbons by 85% in 15 years
  • Sep 24 Notorious Indian gangster Jitender Maan Gogi shot death in a court in Delhi, by men posing as lawyers
  • Sep 25 UK announces temporary visas to try and counteract shortage of lorry drivers for deliveries to the UK amid panic buying on fuel
  • Sep 26 Switzerland votes to legalize same-sex marriage in nationwide referendum
  • Sep 26 German election: centre-left Social Democrats win most seats but not a majority over ruling conservative Christian Democratic Union without its retiring Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • Sep 27 NASA/USGS Landsat-9 earth-observing satellite launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base , California
  • Sep 28 Russia reports its highest daily COVID-19 death toll of 852 amid its third wave of infections with less than half of the population vaccinated with one dose [1]
  • Sep 28 US National Inventors Hall of Fame announces it will induct two Black women for the first time; Engineer Marian Croak and ophthalmologist Dr. Patricia Bath
  • Sep 29 Tunisian President Kais Saied appoints Najla Bouden Romdhan as Tunisia's and the Arab world's first female prime minister
  • Sep 29 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declares 23 species of bird, fish and other wildlife extinct, including the ivory-billed woodpecker
  • Sep 29 Prison riot between rival drug cartels in Litoral penitentiary, Ecuador, results in 116 deaths, with some beheaded or decapitated
  • Sep 30 Former UK policeman Wayne Couzens given rare life-sentence for raping and killing Sarah Everard, judge saying his crime as bad as a terrorist atrocity [1]
  • Sep 30 Land, including world's oldest living rainforest, Daintree National Park (180 million yrs old) returned to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people in Far North Queensland, Australia [1]
  • Sep 30 Canada observes its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, honoring victims and survivors of residential schools for indigenous children
  • Oct 1 US COVID-19 death toll passes 700,000, with daily deaths averaging 1,900 a day [1]
  • Oct 1 Global COVID-19 death toll of recorded cases passes 5 million as the Delta variant continues to surge around the world [1]
  • Oct 2 Massive oil slick from a pipeline discovered off California, along Orange County coast covering 13 square miles

Historic Event

Oct 3 Pandora Papers investigation reveals secret wealth of 30 current and former world leaders including Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Czech PM Andrej Babis and former UK PM Tony Blair

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • Oct 3 Tropical Cyclone Shaheen makes landfall in Oman and Iran, killing at least nine people
  • Oct 3 Record rainfall in Europe when 36 inches (925 mm) of rain begins falling in northern Italian town of Rossiglione [1]
  • Oct 4 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for discovering receptors for temperature and touch
  • Oct 4 Fumio Kishida takes office as Japan's new Prime Minister after taking over as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party
  • Oct 4 Global outage of Facebook and its apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, for six hours
  • Oct 4 Three years worth of rain (14 inches or 300 mm) falls in 12 hours in city of Al Khaburah, Oman, in the wake of tropical cyclone Shaheen [1]
  • Oct 5 Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi for pioneering work that warned of climate change
  • Oct 5 Major French investigation fings clergy sexually abused more than 200,000 children over 70 years, most of the victims boys [1]
  • Oct 5 480 Otis wins Alaska's Fat Bear Week for pre-hibernation weight gain for the third year in a row

Historic Event

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]

Head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Head of the World Health Organisation
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • Oct 6 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan for development of asymmetric organocatalysis (tool for building molecules)
  • Oct 6 Los Angeles votes in some of the strictest COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the country, requiring vaccinations before people can enter indoor businesses and events
  • Oct 7 Zanzibar born writer Abdulrazak Gurnah is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature [1]
  • Oct 9 Czech populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis narrowly defeated in nation elections by a coalition of opposition parties

Historic Event

Oct 10 Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says country won't bow to Chinese pressure in defiant speech on Taiwanese National Day, day after Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to "fulfil reunification"

7th President of the Republic of China Tsai Ing-wen
7th President of the Republic of China
Tsai Ing-wen
Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • Oct 11 Nobel Prize for Economics awarded to David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens for their work on "natural experiments" [1]
  • Oct 11 Australia's largest city Sydney ends its 107-day lockdown, with restrictions easing for fully vaccinated people
  • Oct 11 Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden steps down after The NY Times details emails in which he made homophobic and misogynistic remarks; earlier reports alleged racist statements about a union leader
  • Oct 13 24 years old Rumeysa Gelgi from Turkey confirmed as World's tallest living woman by Guinness World Records at 215.16 centimeters 215.16cm (7ft 0.7in) [1]
  • Oct 13 Bow and arrow terrorist attack kills five and injuries two in Kongsberg, Norway
  • Oct 14 Record price for a Banksy artwork paid of 18.5 million pounds ($25.4 million) for "Love is in the Bin", that was famously shredded on purchase in 2018 [1]
  • Oct 15 British MP Sir David Amess stabbed to death at a meeting of constituents in Essex in Leigh-on-Sea, England in probable terror attack
  • Oct 16 NASA probe Lucy launched on mission to fly-by eight Trojan asteroids circling the sun [1]
  • Oct 18 Flash foods and heavy rain in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand and Nepal kill over 100 people after 328mm falls in 24 hrs [1]
  • Oct 18 Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso declares 60-day state of emergency in response to a violent crime wave caused by power struggle between drug cartels
  • Oct 19 Moscow's mayor orders unvaccinated people over 60 years to stay home for four months amid a worsening COVID-19 crisis
  • Oct 20 Confirmation that Vikings established settlement first in 1021 AD in the New World at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, provided by new dating technique using solar storms [1]
  • Oct 20 Brazilian Senate inquiry finds President Bolsonaro should face series of criminal charges, including crimes against humanity, for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic [1]
  • Oct 20 Barbados elects Sandra Mason as its first-ever president, as part of a process to replace Queen Elizabeth and become a republic
  • Oct 21 Syria's government says it has executed 24 people for starting devastating wildfires in 2020 that killed three [1]

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