On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1981 Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK
  • 1982 San Francisco cable cars cease operations for 2 years of repairs
  • 1982 STS-5 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 1983 11 killed in anti Marcos demonstrations in Manila

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1983 David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" premieres in London

Playwright David Mamet
David Mamet
  • 1983 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1984 NASA launches Galaxy-C

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1985 American CIA case officer Edward Lee Howard flees to Russia after being identified as a KGB agent

Alleged Soviet Spy Edward Lee Howard
Alleged Soviet Spy
Edward Lee Howard
  • 1986 Kerry GAA beat Tyrone GAA in Croke Park during the All-Ireland Football Final by 2-15 to 1-10 thus winning the championship and a three-in-a-row.
  • 1987 3 Belgian minesweepers depart to Persians Gulf
  • 1989 Poland's Sejm (National Assembly) approves prime minister Mazowiecki
  • 1990 Pirate Bobby Bond is 2nd to hit 30 HRs & steal 50 bases in a season (so he can play in 6 decades) because it is a publicity stunt

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1990 Reports that US refinery problems will lead to a loss in capacity and aggressive remarks by Saddam Hussein send crude prices to new highs

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 1991 Armenia votes on whether to remain in Soviet Union
  • 1993 Ukraine government of Kutshma resigns
  • 1994 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Ft Laud/Miami Fl (WBGG 105.9 FM)

  • 1995 The Hindu milk miracle occurs: statues of the Hindu God Ganesh begin drinking milk when spoonfuls were placed near their mouths
  • 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead
  • 2001 Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly.
  • 2001 University of Roorkee, becomes India's 7th Indian Institute of Technology, rechristened as IIT Roorkee
  • 2001 AZF chemical plant explodes in Toulouse, France, killing 29 people
  • 2003 Galileo mission terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, where it is crushed by the pressure at the lower altitudes
  • 2004 The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India merge to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
  • 2004 Construction of the Burj Dubai starts
  • 2008 Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the two last remaining independent investment banks on Wall Street, become bank holding companies as a result of the subprime mortgage crisis.

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2008 President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa resigns from office, effective September 25

President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki
President of South Africa
Thabo Mbeki
  • 2008 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel formally resigns from office, effective as soon as his successor Tzipi Livni has successfully assembled a new government.
  • 2009 Macedonia officially enters the recession after experiencing a drop in GDP of 0.9% in the first quarter, followed by 1.4% in the second quarter
  • 2012 Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, wins a leadership ballot
  • 2013 6 people are killed in military and insurgent conflict in Zamboanga City, Philippines
  • 2013 100 people are killed in a series of attacks across Iraq
  • 2013 59 people are killed and 175 wounded in a shopping mall gun battle in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2015 Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, pulls out of the Republican US Presidential race
  • 2016 Three genetic studies published in "Nature" conclude all non-Africans descended from one migration out of Africa 50-80,000 years ago

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2016 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledge $3 billion to medical research to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century"

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg
  • 2016 Migrant boat carrying 450-600 people capsizes off the Egyptian coast, only 163 rescued
  • 2016 Genomic study finding Australian Aboriginal oldest known civilisation on earth published in "Nature"

Historic DiscoveryBrainless Jellyfish that Sleeps

2017 Discovery of the first brainless animal that sleeps, the jellyfish Cassiopea, research published in "Current Biology" by Caltech scientists

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The Cassiopea jellyfish spends most of its life resting upside down while underwater
The Cassiopea jellyfish spends most of its life resting upside down while underwater
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  • 2018 Fossil of Dickinsonia, “the Holy Grail of palaeontology” proven to be oldest known animal fossil, 558 million years old from White Sea, Russia
  • 2019 "Queer Eye" star Jonathan Van Ness reveals he is living with HIV and is a sexual abuse survivor, ahead of the publication of his autobiography
  • 2019 Skies turn red over Jambi province, Indonesia, as worst illegal forest fires since 2015 burn more than 800,000 acres, creating respiratory problems for a million people
  • 2020 Canadian province of Quebec expands restrictions, declaring it is in a second COVID-19 wave as cases across the country average 1,000 a day

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2020 WHO Director Tedros Ghebreyesus says countries representing 2/3 of the world's population have joined its COVAX vaccine-distribution initiative to deliver 2 billion doses by end 2021

Head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Head of the World Health Organisation
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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Weddings in History

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