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21 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


21 November: In a year, the 21st of November is the 325th day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 326th day of the year.

What special day is today? This day has its distinctiveness and importance in history.

Let’s explore people who have carved a niche for themselves on 21st November. We may also need to scan through the events that happened today.

21 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 21 November

Art & Artists

  • 1900 The Paintings of Claude Monet were showcased at the much-illustrated Durand-Ruel Gallery in Paris, France.
  • 1931 Release of the famous movie Frankenstein, in the USA. The horror classic was based on the novel authored by Marry Wollstonecraft Shelley.

Science & Technology

  • 1877The announcement of the phonograph’s invention by Thomas Edison.
  • 1905 The publication of the paper by Albert Einstein in the journal Annalen der Physik. The paper led to the formulation E = mc².

Leaders & Politics

  • 1962 Unilateral ceasefire was declared by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in the Sino-Indian War.
  • 1971 In the Battle of Garibpur, Indian troops defeated the Pakistan army. The Indian army was partially assisted by Mukti Bahini (Bangladesh).
  • 2002 Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, and Slovakia were invited by NATO to become a member.

People & Society

  • 1918 Adaptation of Estonia’s national flag after it got independence. The flag was in use earlier by pro-independence protesters.
  • 1961  The “La Ronde”, America’s first revolving restaurant opens in Honolulu.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

  • 1980 A fatal fire broke out in the MGM Grand Hotel that killed 85 and injured no less than 650. The hotel is located in Paradise, Nevada.
  • 1992A destructive tornado hit America’s Houston, Texas region in the afternoon of 21st November 1992. In the next two days, the US witnessed one of the biggest tornado outbreaks that produced over 100 tornadoes.

Discoveries & Explorations

  • 1794 Discovery of Honolulu Harbor by a European ship led by captain William Brown.

Leisure & Sports

  • 1902 In the very first professional American football game played at night the Philadelphia Football Athletics won with a hilarious score of 39-0 defeating the Kanaweola Athletic Club of Elmira, New York.
  • 2004 Swish tennis star Roger Federer beat Australian Leyton Hewitt to clinch the Tennis Masters Cup title.

Birth Anniversaries (21 November)

  • 1696 Voltaire (French philosopher and author)
  • 1898 René Magritte (Belgian artist)
  • 1899 Harekrushna Mahatab (Indian statesman and journalist)
  • 1934 Peter Philpott (Australian cricketer)
  • 1971 Michael Strahan (American football player)

Death Anniversaries (21 November)

  • 1947 William McCormack (Australian politician)
  • 1970 C. V. Raman (Indian physicist and Nobel laureate)
  • 1980 Sara García (Mexican actress)
  • 1990 Dean Hart (wrestler and referee from Canada)
  • 2015 Joseph Silverstein (Violinist and conductor from America)

What Special Day is Today: (21 November)

  • Air Assault Forces Day (Ukraine)
  • Armed Forces Day (Bangladesh)
  • Armed Forces Day (Greece)
  • General Framework Agreement Day (Republika Srpska)
  • World Television Day (United Nations observance)


The factual story of the day (21 November) covers the entire globe and a lot of well-known personalities.

The day has remained a silent observer of what happened on this day in history.

Providing our readers with authentic facts and figures, for each day, is what boosts us here.

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