A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on April 21st. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On April 21, 1509, King Henry VIII of England ascended to the throne when his father, King Henry VII died.
On April 21, 1802, a band of Wahhabis from Najd in central Saudi Arabia attacked the central Iraqi city of Karbala, with the purpose of punishing those Iraqi Muslims for failing to follow the ultra-conservative religious teachings of Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328), a Sunni Muslim scholar who had taught a “renewal” of the Islamic faith apparently at odds with the brand of Islam practiced in Karbala, which was of the Shia variety.
On April 21, 1894, Norway accepted the product of their own gun designers, Ole Krag and Erik Jorgensen, as their standard battle rifle.
On April 21, 1934, one of the most famous photographs in history was alleged to have been taken by a London gynecologist!
On April 21, 1934, one of the most famous photographs in history was alleged to have been taken by a London gynecologist! (NOTE: The link in the date for this entry leads to a different article than the other mention to this same event above.)
On April 21, 1952, the first Secretaries’ Day was celebrated.
On April 21, 2017, the new movie, Unforgettable, starring Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl made its debut!
On April 21, 2019, millions of Christian students across the United States of America celebrated Easter.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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