October 21: Day of the Week
October 21, 2020 is the 295th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 71 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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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)
- 1774First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
- 1861American Civil War: Battle of Ball’s Bluff – Union forces under Colonel Edward Baker are defeated by Confederate troops in the second major battle of the war. Baker, a close friend of Abraham Lincoln, is killed in the fighting.
- 1892Opening 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.
- 1912During the First Balkan War, Kardzhali is liberated by Bulgarian forces
- 1921George Melford’s silent film, The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino, premiers.
- 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.
- 1950Korean War: heavy fighting begins between British and Australian forces from the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade and the North Korean 239th Regiment during the Battle of Yongju.
- 1966Aberfan disaster: A slag heap collapses on the village of Aberfan in Wales, killing 144 people, mostly schoolchildren.
- 1971A gas explosion kills 22 people at a shopping centre in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, Scotland.
- 1979Moshe Dayan resigns from the Israeli government because of strong disagreements with Prime Minister Menachem Begin over policy towards the Arabs.
Who were born on October 21?
- 1895Edna Purviance, American actress (d. 1958)
- 1931Vivian Pickles, English actress
- 1940Manfred Mann, English musician
- 1971Jade Jagger, socialite and jewellery Designer
- 1971Nick Oliveri, American musician
- 1972Matthew Friedberger, American musician (The Fiery Furnaces)
- 1974Costel Busuioc, Romanian tenor
- 1976Jeremy Miller, American actor
- 1980Kim Kardashian, American socialite, model and reality television star
- 1982Matt Dallas, American actor
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