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What happened on September 21? There are more than 297 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About September 21

September 21 is the 264th day of the year 2018. There are 101 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 38th week of the year 2018.

On this day in Denton, Texas 76207 sunrise will occur at 12:16 PM and sunset will occur at 12:26 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Virgo. The modern birthstone for this month is Sapphire while the mystical birthstone is Agate.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 137 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019).

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Historical Events For September 21

  • 1217
    Livonian Crusade: The Estonian tribal leader Lembitu and Livonian leader Kaupo are killed in Battle of St. Matthew’s Day.
  • 1435
    An agreement between Charles VII of France and Philip the Good ends the partnership between the English and Burgundy in Hundred Years’ War.
  • 1745
    Battle of Prestonpans: A Hanoverian army under the command of Sir John Cope is defeated, in ten minutes, by the Jacobite forces of Prince Charles Edward Stuart
  • 1776
    Part of New York City is burned shortly after being occupied by British forces.
  • 1780
    American Revolutionary War: Benedict Arnold gives the British the plans to West Point.
  • 1792
    The National Convention declares France a republic and abolishes the monarchy.
  • 1823
    Joseph Smith is reportedly visited by the angel Moroni, who told him the location of gold plates, which Smith obtained four years later and partially translated into The Book of Mormon.
  • 1860
    In the Second Opium War, an Anglo-French force defeats Chinese troops at the Battle of Palikao.
  • 1896
    British force under Horatio Kitchener takes Dongola in the Sudan.
  • 1897
    The “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial is published in the New York Sun.
  • 1898
    Empress Dowager Cixi seizes power and ends the Hundred Days’ Reform in China.
  • 1921
    A storage silo in Oppau, Germany, explodes, killing 500-600 people.
  • 1933
    Salvador Lutteroth ran the first ever EMLL (now CMLL) show in Mexico, marking the birth of Lucha Libre
  • 1934
    A large typhoon hits western Honshū, Japan, killing 3,036 people.
  • 1937
    J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is published.
  • 1938
    The Great Hurricane of 1938 makes landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll is estimated at 500-700 people.
  • 1939
    Romanian Prime Minister Armand Calinescu is assassinated by ultranationalist members of the Iron Guard.
  • 1942
    In Dunaivtsi, Ukraine, Nazis murder 2,588 Jews.
  • 1942
    In Poland, at the end of Yom Kippur, Germans order Jews to permanently evacuate Konstantynów and move to the Ghetto in Biała Podlaska, established to assemble Jews from seven nearby towns, including Janów Podlaski, Rossosz and Terespol.
  • 1942
    On the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Nazis send over 1,000 Jews of Pidhaytsi (west Ukraine) to Belzec extermination camp.
  • 1942
    The B-29 Superfortress makes its maiden flight.
  • 1953
    LT No Kum-Sok a North Korean pilot defected to South Korea and is associated with Operation Moolah.
  • 1961
    Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.
  • 1964
    Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1964
    The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world’s first Mach 3 bomber, makes its maiden flight from Palmdale, California.
  • 1965
    Gambia, Maldives and Singapore are admitted as members of the United Nations.
  • 1971
    Bahrain, Bhutan and Qatar join the United Nations.
  • 1972
    Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos signs Proclamation № 1081, placing the entire country under martial law.
  • 1976
    Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Chilean socialist government of Salvador Allende, overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.
  • 1976
    Seychelles joins the United Nations.
  • 1981
    Belize is granted full independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1981
    Sandra Day O'Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female Supreme Court justice.
  • 1984
    Brunei joins the United Nations.
  • 1991
    Armenia is granted independence from Soviet Union.
  • 1993
    Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspends parliament and scraps the then-functioning constitution, thus triggering the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993.
  • 1999
    Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.
  • 2001
    America: A Tribute to Heroes is broadcast by over 35 network and cable channels, raising over $200 million for the September 11 attack victims.
  • 2001
    Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly.
  • 2003
    Galileo mission is terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter’s atmosphere, where it is crushed by the pressure at the lower altitudes.

Who Were Born On September 21?

  • 1051
    Bertha of Savoy, German queen and Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1087)
  • 1328
    Hongwu Emperor of China (d. 1398)
  • 1411
    Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne (d. 1460)
  • 1415
    Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1493)
  • 1428
    Jingtai Emperor of China (d. 1457)
  • 1452
    Girolamo Savonarola, Dominican priest and ruler of Florence (d. 1498)
  • 1559
    Cigoli, Florentine painter, architect, and sculptor (d. 1613)
  • 1629
    Philip Howard, English Catholic cardinal (d. 1694)
  • 1645
    Louis Joliet, Canadian explorer (d. 1700)
  • 1706
    Polyxena of Hesse-Rotenburg, queen of Sardinia (d. 1735)
  • 1756
    John MacAdam, Scottish engineer and road-builder (d. 1836)
  • 1758
    Christopher Gore, 8th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1827)
  • 1760
    Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman (d. 1837)
  • 1819
    Princess Louise Marie Thérèse of France (d. 1864)
  • 1840
    Murad V, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1904)
  • 1842
    Abdul Hamid II, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1918)
  • 1846
    Mihály Kolossa, Hungarian Slovene writer (d. 1906)
  • 1849
    Maurice Barrymore, Indian-born patriarch of the Barrymore family (d. 1905)
  • 1853
    Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1926)
  • 1859
    Francesc Macià i Llussà, Catalan politician (d. 1933)
  • 1860
    Wilson Kettle, Canadian centenarian (d. 1963)
  • 1862
    James E. Talmage, American religious figure and author (d. 1933)
  • 1863
    John Bunny, American film comedian (d. 1915)
  • 1866
    Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1936)
  • 1866
    H. G. Wells, English writer (d. 1946)
  • 1873
    Papa Jack Laine, American musician (d. 1966)
  • 1874
    Gustav Holst, English composer (d. 1934)
  • 1882
    Geevarghese Mar Ivanios, Indian Syrian Catholic bishop (d. 1953)
  • 1890
    Charles William Train, English recipient of the Victoria Cross (d. 1965)
  • 1890
    Max Immelmann, German WWI fighter pilot (d. 1916)
  • 1895
    Sergei Yesenin, Russian poet (d. 1925)
  • 1896
    Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (d. 2011)
  • 1899
    Frederick Coutts, the 8th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1986)
  • 1902
    Luis Cernuda, Spanish poet (d. 1963)
  • 1902
    Sir Allen Lane, British book publisher (d. 1970)
  • 1903
    Preston Tucker, American automobile designer (d. 1956)
  • 1905
    Robert Lebel, French Canadian ice hockey executive (d. 1999)
  • 1906
    Henry Beachell, American plant breeder (d. 2006)
  • 1909
    Kwame Nkrumah, Ghanaian statesman (d. 1972)
  • 1912
    Chuck Jones, American animator (d. 2002)
  • 1912
    György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (d. 2005)
  • 1914
    Slam Stewart, African American jazz bass player (d. 1987)
  • 1916
    Françoise Giroud, French journalist and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1917
    Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (d. 1968)
  • 1918
    John Gofman, American Manhattan Project scientist and advocate (d. 2007)
  • 1918
    Karl Slover, German-born American actor
  • 1919
    Fazlur Rahman Malik, Pakistani scholar (d. 1988)
  • 1919
    Herman Fowlkes, Jr., American jazz musician and educator (d. 1993)
  • 1919
    Mario Bunge, Argentine philosopher and physicist
  • 1921
    Chico Hamilton, American jazz drummer and bandleader
  • 1921
    John McHale, American baseball player and executive (d. 2008)
  • 1924
    Hermann Buhl, Austrian mountaineer (d. 1957)
  • 1926
    Donald A. Glaser, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1926
    Noor Jehan, Pakistani singer and actress (d. 2000)
  • 1927
    Ward Swingle, American vocalist and jazz musician
  • 1929
    Bernard Williams, English philosopher (d. 2003)
  • 1929
    Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (d. 1979)
  • 1929
    Shafi Hadi, American jazz tenor and alto saxophonist
  • 1930
    Bob Stokoe, English football and manager (d. 2004)
  • 1930
    John Morgan, Welsh-born Canadian comedian (d. 2004)
  • 1931
    Larry Hagman, American actor
  • 1933
    Allan Jeans, Australian football player and coach (d. 2011)
  • 1933
    Dick Simon, American racing driver
  • 1934
    Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1935
    Henry Gibson, American actor (d. 2009)
  • 1935
    Jimmy Armfield, English footballer and manager
  • 1936
    Diane Rehm, American radio talk show host
  • 1936
    Dickey Lee, American singer and songwriter
  • 1936
    Sunny Murray, American free jazz drumming pioneer
  • 1936
    Yuriy Luzhkov, Russian politician, mayor of Moscow
  • 1937
    John D'Amico, Canadian ice hockey official (d. 2005)
  • 1938
    Doug Moe, American basketball player and coach
  • 1939
    Agnivesh, Indian social activist
  • 1939
    Rory Storm, English musician (d. 1972)
  • 1940
    Bill Kurtis, American television journalist
  • 1940
    Hermann Knoflacher, Austrian civil engineer
  • 1941
    Jack Brisco, American professional wrestler
  • 1941
    R. James Woolsey, Jr., American Central Intelligence Agency director
  • 1942
    U-Roy, Jamaican musician, toasting pioneer
  • 1944
    Bobby Tench, British vocalist and guitarist
  • 1944
    Fannie Flagg, American actress and novelist
  • 1944
    Hamilton Jordan, American chief of staff for Jimmy Carter (d. 2008)
  • 1944
    Steve Beshear, American politician
  • 1945
    G.C. Cameron, American soul and R&B singer
  • 1945
    Jerry Bruckheimer, American film and television producer
  • 1945
    Richard Childress, American NASCAR team owner
  • 1945
    Shaw Clifton, the 18th General of The Salvation Army
  • 1946
    Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss jurist
  • 1947
    Don Felder, American guitarist (Eagles)
  • 1947
    Marsha Norman, American playwright
  • 1947
    Stephen King, American author
  • 1949
    Artis Gilmore, American basketball player
  • 1949
    Henry Butler, American jazz pianist
  • 1950
    Bill Murray, American comedian and actor
  • 1950
    Charles Clarke, British politician
  • 1951
    Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen rebel leader (d. 2005)
  • 1951
    Bruce Arena, American soccer coach
  • 1952
    Anneliese Michel, German exorcism victim (d. 1976)
  • 1952
    Dave Gregory, English guitar and keyboard player (XTC)
  • 1953
    Arie Luyendyk, Dutch race car driver
  • 1954
    Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, British musician (Motörhead)
  • 1954
    Shinzo Abe, Japanese politician
  • 1955
    François Cluzet, French actor
  • 1955
    Gulshan Grover, Indian actor
  • 1955
    Mika Kaurismäki, Finnish director
  • 1955
    Richard Hieb, American astronaut
  • 1956
    Jack Givens, American basketball player
  • 1956
    Marta Kauffman, American television producer
  • 1956
    Ricky Morton, American professional wrestler
  • 1957
    Ethan Coen, American film director
  • 1957
    Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1957
    Mark Levin, American attorney, radio talk show host and author
  • 1957
    Penny Smith, English television presenter
  • 1957
    Sidney Moncrief, American basketball player
  • 1958
    Bruno Fitoussi, French poker player
  • 1958
    Rick Mahorn, American basketball player
  • 1959
    Corinne Drewery, British singer (Swing Out Sister)
  • 1959
    Danny Cox, American baseball player
  • 1959
    Dave Coulier, American actor
  • 1960
    David James Elliott, Canadian actor
  • 1961
    Nancy Travis, American actress
  • 1962
    Rob Morrow, American actor
  • 1963
    Angus Macfadyen, Scottish actor
  • 1963
    Cecil Fielder, American baseball player
  • 1963
    Curtly Ambrose, Antiguan cricketer
  • 1964
    Jorge Drexler, Uruguayan singer and composer
  • 1964
    Lester Quitzau, Canadian folk and blues guitarist
  • 1965
    Cheryl Hines, American actress
  • 1965
    David Wenham, Australian actor
  • 1965
    Frédéric Beigbeder, French writer and critic
  • 1965
    Johanna Vuoksenmaa, Finnish film director
  • 1966
    Ronna Reeves, country music singer
  • 1967
    Faith Hill, American singer
  • 1967
    Glen Benton, American musician (Deicide)
  • 1967
    Tyler Stewart, Canadian drummer (Barenaked Ladies)
  • 1968
    Ricki Lake, American actress and talk show hostess
  • 1969
    Curtis Leschyshyn, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1969
    Jason Christiansen, American baseball player
  • 1970
    John Cudia, American actor
  • 1970
    Melissa Ferrick, American singer-songwriter
  • 1971
    Alfonso Ribeiro, American actor
  • 1971
    David Vetter, The Boy in the Bubble (d. 1984)
  • 1971
    John Crawley, English cricketer
  • 1971
    Luke Wilson, American actor
  • 1972
    David Silveria, American drummer (KoЯn)
  • 1972
    Jon Kitna, American football player
  • 1972
    Liam Gallagher, English singer (Oasis and Beady Eye)
  • 1972
    Olivia Bonamy, French actress
  • 1972
    Scott Spiezio, American baseball player
  • 1973
    Heather Brewer, American author.
  • 1973
    Oswaldo Sanchez, Mexican footballer
  • 1973
    Vanessa Grigoriadis, American journalist
  • 1974
    Andy Todd, English footballer
  • 1974
    Bryce Drew, American basketball player
  • 1974
    Jana Kandarr, German tennis player
  • 1974
    Taral Hicks, American musician
  • 1975
    Doug Davis, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Jonas Bjerre, Danish singer and guitarist (Mew)
  • 1976
    Poul Hübertz, Danish footballer
  • 1977
    Brian Tallet, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1978
    Luke Godden, Australian rules footballer
  • 1978
    Mario Miranda, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • 1979
    Bradford Anderson, American actor
  • 1979
    Chris Gayle, Jamaican cricketer
  • 1979
    James Allan, Scottish singer (Glasvegas)
  • 1979
    Jaymee Ong, Australian model
  • 1979
    Julian Gray, English footballer
  • 1979
    Richard Dunne, Irish footballer
  • 1980
    Aleksa Palladino, American actress
  • 1980
    Autumn Reeser, American actress
  • 1980
    Kareena Kapoor, Indian actress
  • 1980
    Nyree Lewis, British Paralympic swimmer
  • 1980
    Robert Hoffman, American actor
  • 1980
    Stacy Clark, American singer-songwriter
  • 1980
    Tomas Scheckter, South African racing driver
  • 1981
    Meilinda Soerjoko, Indonesian/Australian actress
  • 1981
    Nicole Richie, American socialite
  • 1981
    Rimi Sen, Indian actress
  • 1982
    Christos Tapoutos, Greek basketball player
  • 1982
    Danny Kass, American snowboarder
  • 1982
    Eduardo Azevedo, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1982
    Marat Izmailov, Russian footballer
  • 1982
    Parvati Shallow, American reality show contestant
  • 1982
    Rowan Vine, English footballer
  • 1983
    Anna Meares, Australian cyclist
  • 1983
    Fernando Cavenaghi, Argentinian footballer
  • 1983
    Joseph Mazzello, American actor
  • 1983
    Maggie Grace, American actress
  • 1984
    Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner, American swimmer
  • 1985
    Justin Durant, American football player
  • 1985
    Maryam Hassouni, Dutch actress
  • 1986
    Faris Badwan, English singer
  • 1987
    Ashley Paris, American basketball player
  • 1987
    Courtney Paris, American basketball player
  • 1987
    Jimmy Clausen, American football player
  • 1987
    Marcelo Estigarribia, Paraguayan footballer
  • 1988
    Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistani politician
  • 1989
    Jason Derulo, American pop singer
  • 1990
    Al-Farouq Aminu, American basketball player
  • 1990
    Allison Scagliotti, American actress
  • 1990
    Christian Serratos, American actress, model and singer

Who Died On September 21?

  • 454
    Aëtius, Roman general (b. c.396)
  • 687
    Conon, Pope 686-687 (b. 630)
  • 1217
    Caupo of Turaida, Livonian military leader
  • 1217
    Lembitu of Lehola, Estonian military leader
  • 1327
    King Edward II of England (b. 1284)
  • 1397
    Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel, English military leader (executed) (b. 1346
  • 1576
    Gerolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician (b. 1501)
  • 1586
    Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, French church leader (b. 1517)
  • 1626
    François de Bonne, duc de Lesdiguières, Constable of France (b. 1543)
  • 1719
    Johann Heinrich Acker, German writer (b. 1647)
  • 1743
    Jai Singh II, King of Amber-Juiper (b. 1688)
  • 1748
    John Balguy, English philosopher (b. 1686)
  • 1796
    François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers, French general (b. 1769)
  • 1798
    George Read, American lawyer and signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1733)
  • 1832
    Sir Walter Scott, Scottish writer (b. 1771)
  • 1860
    Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (b. 1788)
  • 1874
    Jean-Baptiste Élie de Beaumont, French geologist (b. 1794)
  • 1897
    Wilhelm Wattenbach, German historian (b. 1819)
  • 1904
    Chief Joseph, Nez Perce leader (b. 1840)
  • 1906
    Samuel Arnold, Lincoln conspirator (b. 1838)
  • 1926
    Leon Charles Thevenin, French telegraph engineer (b. 1857)
  • 1938
    Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic, Croatian writer (b. 1874)
  • 1939
    Armand Călinescu, Romanian prime-minister (assassinated) (b. 1893)
  • 1944
    Artur Phleps, German Waffen-SS officer (b. 1881)
  • 1946
    Olga Engl, Austrian actress (b. 1871)
  • 1954
    Kokichi Mikimoto, Japanese inventor (b. 1858)
  • 1956
    Bill Struth, 2nd manager of Rangers FC (b. 1875)
  • 1957
    King Haakon VII of Norway (b. 1872)
  • 1962
    Bo Carter, American blues musician (b. 1892)
  • 1963
    Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (b. 1899)
  • 1966
    Paul Reynaud, French politician (b. 1878)
  • 1971
    Bernardo Houssay, Argentine physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
  • 1972
    Henry de Montherlant, French writer (b. 1896)
  • 1974
    Jacqueline Susann, American novelist (b. 1918)
  • 1974
    Walter Brennan, American actor (b. 1894)
  • 1976
    Orlando Letelier, Chilean diplomat (b. 1932)
  • 1982
    Hovhannes Bagramyan, Soviet general (b. 1897)
  • 1985
    Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • 1987
    Jaco Pastorius, American bassist (b. 1951)
  • 1988
    Glenn Robert Davis, member of United States Congress (b. 1914)
  • 1990
    Takis Kanellopoulos, Greek film director and screenwriter (b. 1933)
  • 1992
    Tarachand Barjatya, Indian Film Producer and founder of Rajshri Productions (b. 1914)
  • 1995
    Rudy Perpich, American politician (b. 1928)
  • 1997
    Jennifer Holt, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 1998
    Florence Griffith Joyner, American athlete (b. 1959)
  • 2000
    Jacques Flynn, Canadian politician and senator (b. 1915)
  • 2002
    Robert L. Forward, American physicist and writer (b. 1932)
  • 2004
    Bob Mason, British actor (b. 1952)
  • 2006
    Boz Burrell, English rock musician (b. 1946)
  • 2006
    Tasos Athanasiadis, Greek writer (b. 1913)
  • 2007
    Alice Ghostley, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2007
    Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian Olympic gold medalist (b. 1929)
  • 2007
    Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (b. 1919)
  • 2011
    Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • 2011
    Pamela Ann Rymer, American federal appellate judge (b. 1941)
  • 2011
    Troy Anthony Davis, American high-profile death row inmate (executed) (b. 1968)


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