April 21 – This day in history

It’s April 21, somewhere in the past

There have been thousands of these days in the past and more to come.

Each day of the week we look in the rearview mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays and more that have happened on all the April 21 in the past.

We’re here to help you remember everything you forgot so what could be better than a history of events that have happened on this day!

Each day of the week, The Beat Chicago takes you back through the years to see all the birthdays, heavenly birthdays and major events that have impacted life here on Earth.

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1862 – Congress creates the U.S. Mint in Denver, CO.

1865 – President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train left Washington.

1895 – The first movie projector is developed in the U.S. by Woodville Latham and his sons

1898 – The Spanish-American War began.

1904 Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta in the South Atlantic League

1918 – World War I: German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, better known as “The Red Baron”, is shot down and killed over Vaux-sur-Somme in France

1926 – Queen Elizabeth II is born

1934 – Loch Ness’ first picture ever, known as the ‘Surgeon’s Photograph’ is published in the Daily Mail. The picture was found to be a fake in 1999

1940 – “Take It or Leave It” premiered on CBS Radio.

1947 – Iggy Pop, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1948 – Paul Davis (Crazy, Cool Night, 65 Love Affair) was born, passed in 2008

1949 – Singer Patti LuPone was born

1951 – Actor/Boxer Tony Danza was born

1951 – Paul Carrack (Ace, hit song “How Long), (Mike + The Mechanics) was born

1952 – Secretary’s Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) is first celebrated<

1956 – Elvis scores his first #1 with “Heartbreak Hotel”


1956 – At the age of 10, Leonard Ross becomes the youngest winner ever on “The Big Surprise”, winning 100K

1958 – Actress/Producer/Model Andie MacDowell was born

1959 – Robert Smith of The Cure was born

1960 – Brasilia became the capital of Brazil.

1960 – Dick Clark testified before a congressional committee investigating payola

1962 – The Seattle World’s Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World’s Fair in the United States since World War II

1967 – Commie Josef Stalin’ daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva (Svetlana Stalina) defected in New York City

1969 – Simon & Garfunkel release “The Boxer”

1970 – Reginald Kenneth Dwight performs his first concert in London as Elton John while opening for T. Rex (Bang A Gong (Get It On))

1972 – Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the moon

1977 – Annie opened on Broadway

1980 – Quarterback/Announcer/Golfer Tony Romo was born

1982 – Baseball: Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers becomes the first pitcher to record 300 saves

1982 – NFL player Cadillac Williams was born

1984 – French doctors say they found the virus the believe causes A.I.D.S.

1985 – Manuel Ortega proposed a cease-fire for Nicaragua.

1986 – Geraldo Rivera’s broadcast of his opening a vault owned by Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. Crickets…

1987 – The U.S. Postal Service offers “Happy Birthday” and “Get Well” stamps as the first-ever ‘special occasion’ stamps

1989 – 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang, the gathering is flushed by the Chinese military and their totalitarian regime

1989 – Handheld video gaming device “Game Boy” was released in Japan

1992 – California executes Robert Alton Harris for the murder of two teen-aged boys in 1975. It was the first execution by the State in 25 years

1994 – Jackie Parker became the first woman to qualify to fly an F-16 combat plane.

2000 – The 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act went into effect

2003 – Evel Knievel signed over exclusive rights to allow the production of “Evel Knievel: The Rock Opera”

2014 – Flint, Michigan switches its water source to the Flint River launching an ongoing water crisis that caused lead poisoning in as many as 12,000 people, causing deaths and disease that lead to criminal indictments against 15 people, five of whom were charged with involuntary manslaughter

2016 – Prince Rogers Nelson (Prince) passed away at the age of 57