Events in History in 2021 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 669

  • Jul 12 At least 92 people die in a fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in Iraqi city of Nasiriya
  • Jul 13 "Unprecedented" early fire season in western US as 67 large fires and nearly 918,000 acres reported burnt by Interagency Fire Center [1]

Historic Event

Jul 13 337 die in violent protests and looting in South Africa following the jailing of Jacob Zuma, with more than 200 shopping malls set alight [1]

  • Jul 14 Drug overdose deaths in the US rose 30% to record 93,000 in 2020 according to CDC [1]
  • Jul 15 Devastating floods linked to climate change sweep through towns in western Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, after record rainfall, killing at least 188 people
  • Jul 19 Bomb attack on al-Wuhailat market in Baghdad, Iraq, ahead of Eid al-Adha festival, kills 25 people
  • Jul 19 Peruvian union leader Pedro Castillo declared winner of the country's presidential election (11 April), defeating Keiko Fujimori by only 44,000 votes
  • Jul 19 UK lifts most COVID-19 restrictions on so-called "Freedom Day" despite 50,000 new daily infections

Historic Event

Jul 20 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announces his first two 'Courage and Civility Awards' of $100M each to writer, commentator, and non-profit founder Van Jones and chef and World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés to distribute to charities of their choice

  • Jul 20 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos goes into space in first unpiloted suborbital flight with all-civilian crew, aboard rocket developed by his company Blue Origin
  • Jul 20 India's COVID-19 death toll likely 10 times its official toll, 3.4 million to 4.7 million (to June 2021), according to The Center for Global Development [1]
  • Jul 20 New York records the worst air quality in the world due to smoke from 80 wild fires on the US west coast [1]
  • Jul 20 Oregon's Bootleg fire has burnt nearly 400,000 acres, now so big it's generating its own weather patterns according to local fire chiefs
  • Jul 20 Torrential rain causes severe flooding in China's Hunan province, flooding subways with people still on the trains, killing at least 12 people in Zhengzhou city [1]
  • Jul 20 US, NATO members and other states accuse China's Ministry of State Security for using "contract criminal hackers" to infiltrate Microsoft email systems [1]
  • Jul 21 Life expectancy in the US falls by 1.5 years (3 years for Hispanic Americans. 2.9 for Black Americans) in largest decline since WWII [1]

Historic Event

Jul 21 President Xi Jinping arrives in Tibet in first official visit by a Chinese leader in 30 years

  • Jul 21 World's fastest train debuts, a Chinese state-owned maglev bullet train, with speeds of 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles) in Qingdao, China [1]
  • Jul 22 US at “another pivotal point in this pandemic” says CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky as the Delta variant becomes dominant
  • Jul 23 At least 164 people die in floods and landslides caused by heavy rain in Indian state of Maharashtra [1]
  • Jul 23 Indonesia posts a record daily number of COVID-19 deaths at 1,566 [1]
  • Jul 25 Typhoon In-Fa (Yanhua) makes landfall in the city of Zhoushan on China's east coast
  • Jul 26 Ship carrying migrants wrecks off coast of Al-Khums, Libya, killing at least 57, takes death toll in central Mediterranean to 987 for 2021 [1]
  • Jul 26 Tunisian government in crisis after President Kais Saied sacks Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and suspends parliament with the help of the army because of its handling of COVID-19
  • Jul 27 China tests a missile with a hypersonic weapon system, later called “very close” to a Sputnik moment by a US general [1]
  • Jul 27 Florida records its highest one-day total of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic at 21,683
  • Jul 27 Largest-ever repatriation of 17,000 looted Iraqi antiquities returned to Baghdad, including items from Hobby Lobby's Museum of the Bible and Cornell University
  • Jul 27 Swiss team of Jolanda Neff, Sina Frei and Linda Indergand make a clean sweep of the medals in the women's cross-country mountain bike event at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Jul 29 Chinese team of Yang Junxuan, Tang Muhan, Zhang Yufei & Li Bingjie smash 4 x 200m freestyle relay WR 7:40.33 at Tokyo Olympics; minor medallists USA and Australia also beat previous mark
  • Jul 29 Flash floods kill at least 60 people in Kamdesh, eastern Afghanistan
  • Jul 30 1 out of 169 Americans employed by Amazon in new figures released by the company. Now US's second largest employer (Walmart the largest employing 1 in 100) [1]
  • Aug 1 394 migrants rescued from a stricken vessel by humanitarian NGO ships in Tunisian waters [1]

COVID-19 Pandemic

Aug 1 American virologist Dr. Anthony Fauci says "things are going to get worse" as US COVID-19 cases double in 10 days due to surge of Delta variant

  • Aug 1 Canada marks its first Emancipation Day (date slavery abolished in the British Empire in 1834)
  • Aug 1 Myanmar's military ruler Min Aung Hlaing names himself Prime Minister, pledges to hold elections by 2023
  • Aug 1 The US passes the 35 million mark in COVID-19 cases with California becoming first state to record 4 million cases
  • Aug 1 Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas records a WR 15.67m to claim the women's gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics

COVID-19 Pandemic

Aug 2 70% of American have had at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot, a target President Joe Biden had hoped to meet by 4 July

  • Aug 3 132 wildfires in Turkey's southern coastal Manavgat district have burnt 118,789 hectares of land in six days, killing eight people [1]
  • Aug 3 Hawaii's largest wildfire on record, Mana Road Fire in South Kohala, finally being brought under control after burning through 40,000 acres
  • Aug 4 Global known COVID-19 caseload passes 200 million, with the death toll at 4.2 million according to Johns Hopkins
  • Aug 4 Largest wildfire in California so far in 2021, the Dixie Fire at 320,000 acres, destroys the gold rush town of Greenville [1]
  • Aug 4 Mediterranean region evolving into a "wildfire hotspot" according to authorities, amidst extreme temperatures with Greece experiencing one of its worst heatwaves in 40 years [1]
  • Aug 8 "Wright Brothers' moment" in nuclear fusion research when 1.3 megajoules of energy produced at National Ignition Facility by the Livermore Lab [1]
  • Aug 8 More than 51 people killed in northern Mali after attacks on three villages by Islamist jihadists
  • Aug 8 Taliban forces capture three regional Afghan cities including key northern city of Kunduz [1]
  • Aug 8 The Dixie Fire becomes California's second-largest wildfire ever at 463,000 acres (724 square miles)
  • Aug 9 Cholera outbreak in Nigeria has killed more than 800 people with 31,425 suspected cases since January 2021 according to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control [1]
  • Aug 9 Herd of 14 elephants returning home from a 500km (300-mile) trek across China, lead authorities to evacuate 150,000 people out of their path [1]
  • Aug 9 Landmark UN IPCC climate report "is a "Code Red for humanity", rise of 1.5C now certain, catastrophic change can still be avoided if the world works fast [1] [2]
  • Aug 10 Forest fires kill 65 people, including 25 soldiers, in Algeria in the Kabylie region during heatwave conditions

Historic Event

Aug 10 Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo resigns amid a sexual harassment scandal

  • Aug 11 Sicily records highest-ever temperature in Europe of 48.8 degrees Celsius (119.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in city of Siracusa (unverified)
  • Aug 11 Torrential rains cause flash flooding in Turkey's northwestern provinces of Kastamonu, Sinop and Barti, killing at least 77 with more missing [1]
  • Aug 12 195 million Americans across 34 states under heat advisory warnings from Pacific Northwest to the Northeast as summer of intense heat continues in Northern Hemisphere [1]
  • Aug 12 Bennu Asteroid, size of the Empire State Building, now has 1-in-1,750 chance of hitting Earth in 2182, according to data from NASA's OSIRIS-REX spacecraft [1]
  • Aug 12 Phoenix is the US's fastest-growing city (+11.2%), overtaking Philadelphia to be nations's fifth largest at 1.6 million according to US Census [1]
  • Aug 12 US Census reveal country grown more diverse, growth in Hispanic (+23%) and Asian (+36%) populations, 1st ever decline in white population (-2.6%) [1]
  • Aug 12 US FDA authorises a third booster COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for people with weak immune systems
  • 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 Calder Fire, near Lake Tahoe, begins in California, goes on to destroy 1000 structures and over 218,000 acres [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 Spain records its highest ever temperature of 47.2C (117F) in Montoro, Córdoba [1]

Historic Event

Aug 15 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flees the country as Taliban forces enter the capital Kabul and take control

Election of Interest

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

  • Aug 15 Petrol tanker explosion kills 27 and injures 79 in al-Tleil, Lebanon, amid the country's continuing economic crisis
  • 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 Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his cabinet resign after losing their majority amid political turmoil
  • 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
  • Aug 17 One in five US hospital ICUs at or over 95% capacity due to Delta surge of COVID-19, with 1,800 children hospitalized [1]
  • Aug 19 Iran's official COVID-19 death toll 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 Tropical storm Henri makes landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island

Historic Event

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

  • 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 24 16th Paralympic Games opens in Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 24 Kathy Hochul becomes the first female Governor of New York, replacing Andrew Cuomo after his resignation
  • 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]
  • 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 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 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 America ends its longest-ever war of 20 years in Afghanistan as the last military evacuation plane flies out of Kabul
  • Aug 30 China restricts online gaming for under 18s to one hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays ordering companies to enforce this [1]
  • 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 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 South America's second-longest river, the Paraná, at its lowest levels for 77 years due to drought
  • Sep 1 Texas law banning most abortion after six weeks comes into effect, now most restrictive in the country
  • 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

Historic Event

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 7 El Salvador becomes the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender
  • Sep 7 Mexican Supreme Court rules making abortion a crime is unconstitutional, setting an important precedent [1]
  • Sep 7 Taliban announce their interim government in Afghanistan with Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund in the most senior role
  • 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 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

  • 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 Wildfire in Spanish Sierra Bermeja mountains in Andalucía erupts forcing evacuation of 2,600 people
  • Sep 9 17 hospital patients die after heavy rainfall and flooding in Tula, central Mexico
  • 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 US President Joe Biden announces widespread COVID-19 vaccine mandates for federal workers, contractors and large employers affecting 100 million people [1]
  • 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 Paris's Arc de Triomphe covered in fabric in tribute to the late artist Christo, his unfulfilled project
  • 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 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 have died of COVID-19 as the nation's known death toll reaches 663,913 (Johns Hopkins) [1]

Historic Event

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]

Historic Event

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

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

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

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]

  • 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 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 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 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 Biden administration and EPA introduce first regulation against greenhouse gases, reduction of hydrofluorocarbons by 85% in 15 years
  • 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 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 German election: center-left Social Democrats win most seats but not a majority over ruling conservative Christian Democratic Union without its retiring Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • Sep 26 Switzerland votes to legalize same-sex marriage in nationwide referendum
  • 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 Prison riot between rival drug cartels in Litoral penitentiary, Ecuador, results in 116 deaths, with some beheaded or decapitated
  • 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 30 Canada observes its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, honoring victims and survivors of residential schools for indigenous children
  • 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]
  • 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 1 US COVID-19 death toll passes 700,000, with daily deaths averaging 1,900 a day [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

  • Oct 3 Record rainfall in Europe when 36 inches (925 mm) of rain begins falling in northern Italian town of Rossiglione [1]
  • Oct 3 Tropical Cyclone Shaheen makes landfall in Oman and Iran, killing at least nine people

Historic Event

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 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for discovering receptors for temperature and touch
  • 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 5 480 Otis wins Alaska's Fat Bear Week for pre-hibernation weight gain for the third year in a row
  • Oct 5 Major French investigation finds clergy sexually abused more than 200,000 children over 70 years, most of the victims boys [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 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 6 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan for development of asymmetric organocatalysis (tool for building molecules)

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]

  • Oct 7 Zanzibar born writer Abdulrazak Gurnah is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature [1]

Election of Interest

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"

  • 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 11 Nobel Prize for Economics awarded to David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens for their work on "natural experiments" [1]
  • Oct 13 24 year 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 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 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 19 Moscow's mayor orders unvaccinated people over 60 years to stay home for four months amid a worsening COVID-19 crisis
  • Oct 20 Barbados elects Sandra Mason as its first-ever president, as part of a process to replace Queen Elizabeth and become a republic

COVID-19 Pandemic

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 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 21 Syria's government says it has executed 24 people for starting devastating wildfires in 2020 that killed three [1]
  • Oct 22 Australian city of Melbourne "world's most locked down city" exits its sixth lockdown after a total of 260 days
  • Oct 23 Capture of Colombia's most-wanted drug lord, Dairo Antonio Usuga 'Otoniel', in Colombia's Uraba region, announced live on TV [1]
  • Oct 24 COVID-19 cases in Eastern Europe pass 20 million with Russia, Ukraine and Romania in top five countries reporting deaths globally [1]
  • Oct 24 Strongest storm to ever hit the West Coast of the US, with California recording barometric pressure of 945.2 mb, and San Francisco its wettest October day [1]
  • Oct 25 Afghanistan to become world's worst humanitarian crisis as nearly 23 million people face acute hunger over winter according to the World Food Program [1]
  • Oct 25 Elon Musk makes a record $25 billion in one day pushing his estimated worth to $255.2 billion, likely making him the richest person ever according to Forbes [1]
  • Oct 25 NASA scientists announce they may have detected the first planet outside our galaxy, in Whirlpool Galaxy (M51), 28 million light-years away [1]
  • Oct 25 Sudan's military takes control of the country, dissolving the power-sharing government and declaring a state of emergency
  • Oct 26 UN report says current climate pledges put world on course for "catastrophic" average 2.7-degree Celsius temperature rise this century ahead of Glasgow climate summit [1]
  • Oct 27 More than one million people in southern Madagascar are on the brink of famine according to Amnesty International, who urges world to provide relief
  • Oct 28 Largest-ever drug bust in Asia made by police in Laos with 55 million methamphetamine tablets and 1.5 tonnes of crystal meth discovered in beer crates [1]

Historic Event

Oct 28 Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook will change its corporate name to Meta amid increased public scrutiny over leaked internal documents

  • Oct 28 One of world's largest floor mosaics unveiled after restoration at Hisham's Palace (660-750 AD) by Palestinian authorities in Jericho, West Bank [1]
  • Oct 30 Grand Ole Opry broadcasts its 5000th Saturday night radio program, from Nashville, Tennessee [1]
  • Oct 30 World Leader agree historic corporate tax agreement of at least 15% at G20 summit in Rome
  • Oct 31 World's largest solar farm goes live in Sirindhorn reservoir, Thailand, as a hydro-floating solar hybrid system the size of 70 football fields [1]
  • Nov 1 Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 5 million according to Johns Hopkins, with estimates the true toll is at least twice as high [1]
  • Nov 1 Novavax COVID-19 vaccine receives its first emergency use authorization in Indonesia. The first protein-based covid vaccine. [1]
  • Nov 2 Former police captains Eric Adams elected the second African American mayor of New York
  • Nov 2 Jihadist gunman ambush and kill 69 people, including a local mayor in south-west Niger, adding to the 530 killed in 2021 to date
  • Nov 3 4-year old Cleo Smith found 18 days after she disappeared from a family tent, by police in Carnarvon, Western Australia
  • Nov 3 South African writer Damon Galgut wins literature's Booker Prize for his novel "The Promise"
  • Nov 3 US begins vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 years with a lower dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine