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Wednesday October 21, 2020

October 21: Day of the Week

October 21, 2020 was the 295th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 71 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.

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

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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)

  • 1096
    People’s Crusade: The Turkish army annihilates the People’s Army of the West.
  • 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.
  • 1892
    Opening ceremonies for the World’s Columbian Exposition are held in Chicago, though because construction was behind schedule, the exposition did not open until May 1, 1893.
  • 1902
    In the United States, a five month strike by United Mine Workers ends.
  • 1944
    World War II: Battle of Aachen: The city of Aachen falls to American forces after three weeks of fighting, making it the first German city to fall to the Allies.
  • 1969
    A coup d'état in Somalia brings Siad Barre to power.
  • 1979
    Moshe Dayan resigns from the Israeli government because of strong disagreements with Prime Minister Menachem Begin over policy towards the Arabs.
  • 1986
    In Lebanon, pro-Iranian kidnappers claim to have abducted American writer Edward Tracy (he is released in August 1991).
  • 1994
    North Korea nuclear weapons program: North Korea and the United States sign an agreement that requires North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons program and agree to inspections.

Who were born on October 21?

  • 1687
    Nicolaus I Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1759)
  • 1762
    Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch statesman (d. 1818)
  • 1924
    Joyce Randolph, American actress
  • 1946
    Jim Hill, American sportscaster
  • 1955
    Rich Mullins, American musician (d. 1997)
  • 1957
    Julian Cope, English musician and writer
  • 1968
    Kerstin Andreae, German politician
  • 1971
    Conor O'Shea, Irish rugby player
  • 1971
    Nick Oliveri, American musician
  • 1984
    Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, Canadian speed skater

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