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Saturday October 21, 2023

October 21: Day of the Week

October 21, 2023 is the 294th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 71 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.

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Here’s the October calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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October 21 Historical Event(s)

  • 1209
    Otto IV is crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Innocent III.
  • 1520
    Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan.
  • 1600
    Tokugawa Ieyasu defeats the leaders of rival Japanese clans in the Battle of Sekigahara, which marks the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate that in effect rules Japan until the mid-nineteenth century.
  • 1797
    In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution is launched.
  • 1805
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar: A British fleet led by Vice Admiral Lord Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet off the coast of Spain under Admiral Villeneuve. It signals almost the end of French maritime power and leaves Britain’s navy unchallenged until the 20th century.
  • 1824
    Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement.
  • 1944
    World War II: The first kamikaze attack: A Japanese plane carrying a 200 kg bomb attacks HMAS Australia off Leyte Island, as the Battle of Leyte Gulf began.
  • 1959
    In New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens to the public.
  • 1959
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.
  • 1977
    The European Patent Institute is founded.

Who were born on October 21?

  • 1527
    Louis I, Cardinal of Guise, French cardinal (d. 1578)
  • 1725
    Franz Moritz Graf von Lacy, Austrian field marshal (d. 1801)
  • 1924
    Celia Cruz, Cuban singer, Queen of Salsa (d. 2003)
  • 1941
    Steve Cropper, American musician
  • 1966
    Arne Sandstø, Norwegian footballer
  • 1968
    Melora Walters, American actress
  • 1976
    Jeremy Miller, American actor
  • 1980
    Kim Kardashian, American socialite, model and reality television star
  • 1983
    Shelden Williams, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Kenny Cooper, American soccer player

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