On This Day

On This Day in History for October 21 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1978 Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Israeli minister of Foreign affairs Moshe Dayan resigns

Israeli Politician and General Moshe Dayan
Israeli Politician and General
Moshe Dayan

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1980 Mikhail Gorbachev elected member of Politburo

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Private funeral service held for Bess Truman, former First Lady of the United States

US First Lady Bess Truman
US First Lady
Bess Truman

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1983 Pope John Paul II names 3 new Dutch bishops

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1985 Qasim Omar (206) & Javed Miandad (203*) make 397 stand v SL
  • 1986 Hugh Whitemore's "Breaking the Code" premieres in London
  • 1986 IBM re-forms in South Africa
  • 1986 Republic of Marshall Islands signs Compact of Free Association with US
  • 1986 American writer Edward Tracy kidnapped in Beirut
  • 1987 7th Belgium government of Martens forms
  • 1987 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Robert M Solow
  • 1987 Senate debate begins rejecting Robert Bork's Supreme Ct nomination

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Philippine former first couple Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos indicted on racketeering charges

First Lady and Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
Imelda Marcos
  • 1989 Buck Helm found alive after being buried 4 days, in San Francisco earthquake
  • 1989 Houston becomes 1st major college team to gain 1000 yards in a game

  • 1990 The first Apple Day, is held in Covent Garden, London.
  • 1991 24 die in a fire in Oakland Calif

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Former California Governor Jerry Brown announces his run for the US Presidency

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • 1991 US hostage Jesse Turner released from 5 years in captivity in Beirut
  • 1993 Military coup by Burundi President Ndadaye; 525,000 Hutus flee
  • 1994 Hana bridge is Seoul Korea crashes, 32+ die
  • 1994 North Korea signs pact to end their nuclear projects
  • 1995 Addison Vance, 18, of Hickory NC, crowned 7th Ms Venus Swimwear
  • 2003 Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.

BeatificationCanonization

2012 Kateri Tekakwitha canonized as the 1st Native American saint by Pope Benedict XVI

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 The Parliament of Canada confers Honorary Canadian citizenship on women's rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai
  • 2014 Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 German Chancellor Angela Merkel says German view of Holocaust will not change, after Benjamin Netanyahu says idea came from Mufti of Jerusalem

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Spanish government suspends Catalonia's autonomy in the face of a deepening political crisis over the region's push for independence

President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont
President of Catalonia
Carles Puigdemont
  • 2018 Train derails in Yilan County, Taiwan, killing 18 and injuring 178
  • 2018 Sectarian fighting between Muslim and Christian youths kill 55 at Kasuwan Magani, Nigeria
  • 2019 Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn strips his royal consort Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi of her titles for "misbehaviour and disloyalty against the monarch" two months after she was appointed to them
  • 2019 World's oldest natural pearl, 8,000 years old, announced discovered during excavations at Marawah Island, near Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • 2019 Australia's biggest newspapers all blank out their front pages in protest against press restrictions
  • 2019 Lebanon government approves economic reforms after 5 days of protests, largest in a decade
  • 2019 Facebook says it has taken down four state-backed disinformation campaigns, three from Iran, one from Russia in addition to dozens earlier this year

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2019 Canadian Federal Election: Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party loses its majority but wins the most seats (157) to form a minority government

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau

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