21st September, on this day

687 Conon ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1217 The Estonian tribal leader Lembitu of Lehola was killed in a battle against Teutonic Knights.
1327 King Edward II of England is killed with a red hot poker in the dungeon of Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, to ensure his son Edward III could succeed to the throne
1348 Jews in Zurich Switzerland are accused of poisoning wells
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Stuart) and his Jacobite army defeat the English at the Battle of Prestonpans
1451 Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge
1765 Antoine de Beauterne announces he had killed the Beast of Gévaudan, but was later proved wrong by more attacks.
1776 Great fire in NY
1780 Benedict Arnold gives British Major Andre plans to West Point
1784 1st daily newspaper in America (Penns Packet and General Advertiser)
1792 During the French Revolution, the country abolishes the monarchy and declares itself to be a Republic
1823 Moroni 1st appears to Joseph Smith, according to Smith
1827 According to Joseph Smith, Jr., the angel Moroni gave him a record of gold plates, one-third of which Joseph translated into The Book of Mormon.
1860 In the Second Opium War, an Anglo-French force defeats Chinese troops at the Battle of Baliqiao.
1863 Union forces retreat to Chattanooga after defeat at Chickamauga
1893 Frank Duryea drives 1st US made gas propelled vehicle (car)
1895 1st auto manufacturer opens-Duryea Motor Wagon Company
1896 British force under Horatio Kitchener takes Dongola in the Sudan.
1898 In China, Tzu-hsi, Dowager Empress of China, seizes power
1913 1st aerobatic maneuver, sustained inverted flight, performed in France
1915 Stonehenge, in England is bought at auction by Mr C.H.Chubb for £6,600. He presents the site, containing large ancient stone circles, to the nation in 1918
1921 Oppau explosion, a storage silo at a fertilizer producing plant exploded in Oppau, Germany, 500—600 killed.
1922 President Warren G Harding signs a joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine
1930 Johann Ostermeyer patents the flashbulb
1931 Britain goes off the gold standard
1934 Superpower Muroto Typhoon hit in western Honshu, Japan, Japanese government confirmed 3,036 killed. Mainly destroy temple, schools, and other buildings at Osaka.
1937 J.R.R. Tolkien, publishes "The Hobbit"
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 On Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Nazis sent over 1.000 Jews of Pidhaytsi (west Ukraine) to Belzec extermination camp.
1942 On the end of Yom Kippur, the Germans ordered Konstantynów Jews (Poland) to permanently evacuate Konstantynów and move to the Ghetto - established in Biala Podlaska, meant to assemble Jews from nearby 7 towns among them: Konstantynów, Janów Podlaski, Rossosz, Terespol, and 3 more.
1942 In Dunaivtsi, Ukraine, Nazis murder 2588 Jews.
1942 The B-29 Superfortress makes its maiden flight.
1949 Federal Republic of [West] Germany created under 3-power occupation
1949 People's Republic of China proclaimed
1953 Allied forces form West Germany
1954 Nuclear submarine "Nautilus" is commissioned
1957 "Perry Mason" with Raymond Burr premiers on CBS-TV
1958 1st airplane flight exceeding 1200 hours, lands, Dallas, Tx
1961 Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.
1962 First transmission on British TV of the quiz programme 'University Challenge' hosted by Bamber Gascoigne
1964 Malta gains independence from Britain
1965 Oil company British Petroleum annouces an oil find in the North Sea
1968 Zond 5 completes flight
1970 New York Times starts first modern op-ed page.
1970 Luna 16 leaves the Moon
1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are Dick Cavett's only guest
1972 Marcos declares martial law in the Philippines
1974 US Mariner 10 makes 2nd fly-by of Mercury
1976 Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Chilean socialist government of Salvador Allende, overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.
1979 Two RAF Hawker Siddeley Harrier jump-jets from RAF Wittering collide over the UK. Both pilots ejected safely. One of the jets broke up in midair and fell harmlessly into a field but the other dropped onto the centre of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, destroying two houses and a bungalow. Several people were injured in the accident and three people were killed.
1981 Belize, originally called British Honduras, gains its independence
1984 NASA launches Galaxy-C
1985 Michael Spinks becomes 1st light heavyweight to defeat the reigning heavyweight champion, he defeats Larry Holmes
1989 Poland's Sejm (National Assembly) approves prime minister Mazowiecki
1989 Hurricane Hugo makes landfall in the U.S. state of South Carolina.
1991 Armenia votes on whether to remain in the Soviet Union
1993 Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspends parliament and scraps the then-functioning constitution, thus triggering the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993
1995 The Hindu milk miracle occurs, in which statues of the Hindu God Ganesh began drinking milk when spoonfuls were placed near their mouths
1998 TV networks in America broadcast President Clinton's testimony (given on August 21,1998) explaining his involvement with White House intern Monica Lewinsky
1999 Chi-Chi earthquake occurs in central Taiwan, leaving about 2,400 people dead.
2001 Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly.
2001 AZF chemical plant explodes in Toulouse, France, killing 29 people
2003 Galileo mission terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, where it is crushed by the pressure at the lower altitudes. .
2004 Construction of the Burj Dubai starts.

21st September 2005

Houston mayor orders evacuation

Iraq official questions UK action

Mars 'more active than suspected'

21st September 2006

Iraq torture 'worse after Saddam'

Thai leaders ban political action

Branson makes $3bn climate pledge

21st September 2007

Chile court extradites Fujimori

Blackwater working again in Iraq

Two Sistani aides killed in Iraq

21st September 2008

South Africa president resigns

'Thousands ill' due to China milk

Death toll rises in Orissa floods

21st September 2009

Scores die in south Sudan attack

Bhutan hit by strong earthquake

US in Afghanistan failure warning

21st September 2010

Birthdates which occurred on 21st September:

1415 Frederick III Innsbruck Austria, German Emperor (1440-1493)
1452 Girolamo Savonarola Florentine monk/preacher/reformer
1756 John Loudon McAdam created macadam road surface (asphalt)
1788 Margaret Smith Taylor 1st lady
1849 Sir Edmund Gosse London, translator/critic (Father & Son)
1866 Charles Jean Henri Nicolle France bacteriologist (Nobel-1928)
1866 H(erbert) G(eorge) Wells Bromley, England (War of the Worlds)
1874 Gustav Holst Cheltenham, England, composer (Planets)
1884 Hugh (Shorty) Ray supervisor of NFL officials, HOF member
1886 Teiichi Igarashi Japan, climbed Mt Fuji at age 99
19-- Rebecca Balding Little Rock Ark, actress (Carla-Lou Grant, Soap)
1901 Adele Bochner
1902 Limari Salminen Finland, 10K run (Olympic-gold-1936)
1907 Lloyd Gough actor (Mike Axford-Green Hornet)
1909 Kwame Nkrumah President of Ghana (1958-66)
1912 Chuck Jones animator (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck)
1912 Gy”rgy S ndor Budapest Hungary, pianist (L'Apprenti Sorcier)
1914 John Kluge Chemnitz Germany, media CEO (Metromedia)/billionaire
1918 Rand Brooks LA Calif, actor (Cpl Boone-Rin Tin Tin)
1930 Dawn Addams Felixstown Engl, actress (Alan Young Show, Star Maidens)
1931 Larry Hagman Fort Worth Tx, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas)
1932 Melvin Van Peebles US, playwright/director (Watermelon Man)
1934 Leonard Cohen Montr‚al, singer/songwriter (Death of Ladies Man)
1935 Henry Gibson Germantown Pa, comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet)
1940 Bill Kurtis Pensacola Fla, newscaster (The American Parade)
1942 Ann Elder Cleve Oh, comedienne (Smothers Brothers Show, Laugh-In)
1944 Fannie Flagg Birmingham Ala, actress/comediene (Candid Camera)
1944 Hamilton Jordan political advisor (Crisis, Last Year of Carter Pres)
1947 Stephen King suspense writer (Shining, Kujo)
1948 Artis Gilmore ABA all star (Kentucky Colonels)
1948 Michael Finneran diver (1st perfect 10 on 10m platform)
1950 Bill Murray Evanston Ill, comedian (SNL, What About Bob, Stripes)
1953 John Mengatti NYC, actor (Nick-White Shadow, For Love & Honor)
1955 Richard J Hieb Jamestown ND, astronaut (STS 39, Sk:STS 49)
1959 Corrinne Drewery rocker (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out)
1959 David Coulier Detroit, actor (Joey Gladstone-Full House)
1962 Grant Fuhr Edmonton Alberta, NHL goalie (Oilers)
1968 Ricki Lake actress (Hairspray)
1971 Alfonso Ribeiro NYC, actor/pianist (Alfonso-Silver Spoons)


Deaths which occurred on September 21st:
1327 Edward II king of England (1307-1327), dies at 43
1576 Girolamo Cardano Italian mathematician, dies at 74
1776 Nathan Hale spied on British for American rebels, hanged
1915 Anthony Comstock anti-vice crusader, dies at 71 in NYC
1956 Anastasio Somoza Nicaraguan dictator, assassinated by Roliberto Lopez
1957 Haakon VII king of Norway, dies, Olaf succeeds him
1961 Earle Dickson inventor (band-aid), dies at 68
1973 Diana Sands actress, dies at 39
1974 Jacqueline Susann author (Valley of the Dolls), dies at 53 of cancer
1974 Walter Brennan actor, dies at 80
1979 John McQuade actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
1988 Robert Gwathmey artist, dies at 85