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.
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)
- 1209Otto IV is crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Innocent III.
- 1520Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan.
- 1600Tokugawa 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.
- 1797In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution is launched.
- 1805Napoleonic 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.
- 1824Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement.
- 1944World 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.
- 1959In New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens to the public.
- 1959President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.
- 1977The European Patent Institute is founded.
Who were born on October 21?
- 1527Louis I, Cardinal of Guise, French cardinal (d. 1578)
- 1725Franz Moritz Graf von Lacy, Austrian field marshal (d. 1801)
- 1924Celia Cruz, Cuban singer, Queen of Salsa (d. 2003)
- 1941Steve Cropper, American musician
- 1966Arne Sandstø, Norwegian footballer
- 1968Melora Walters, American actress
- 1976Jeremy Miller, American actor
- 1980Kim Kardashian, American socialite, model and reality television star
- 1983Shelden Williams, American basketball player
- 1984Kenny Cooper, American soccer player
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