April 21


1789 – John Adams was sworn in as the first U.S. Vice President.

1850 – Grand Rapids, MI was incorporated as a city (it became a village back in April 1838).

1856 – The Mississippi River was crossed by a rail train for the first time (between Davenport, IA, and Rock Island, IL).

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

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

1892 – The first Buffalo was born in Golden Gate Park.

1895 – Woodville Latham and his sons demonstrated their Panopticon. It was the first movie projector developed in the United States.

1898 – The Spanish-American War began.

1918 – German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, “The Red Baron,” was shot down and killed during World War I.

1928 – First U.S. Aircraft show – 63 different planes shown by 40 manufacturers in Detroit, MI.

1934 – The “Surgeon’s Photograph”, the most famous photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, was published in the Daily Mail. In 1999, it is revealed to be a hoax.

1952 – Secretary’s Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) was first celebrated.

1959 – Alf Dean caught a 16-foot, 10-inch white shark that weighed 2,664 pounds. At the time it was the largest catch with a rod and reel.

1960 – Dick Clark testified before a congressional committee investigating payola. He admitted that he had a financial interest in 27 percent of the records he played on his show in a period of 28 months.

1962 – The Seattle World’s Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opened. It was the first World’s Fair in the U.S. since World War II.

1965 – The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opened for its second and final season.

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

1984 – In France, it was announced that doctors had found virus believed to cause AIDS.

1986 – Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago, IL. Nothing of interest was found inside.

1987 – Special occasion stamps were offered for the first time by the Postal Service. “Happy Birthday” and “Get Well” were among the first to be offered.

1989 – The Game Boy handheld video game device was released in Japan.

1996 – Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls set an NBA record by winning their 72nd game in a season.

1998 – Astronomers announced in Washington that they had discovered possible signs of a new family of planets orbiting a star 220 light-years away.

2000 – North Carolina researchers announced that the heart of a 66 million-year-old dinosaur was more like a mammal or bird than that of a reptile.

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

2009 – UNESCO launched The World Digital Library. The World Digital Library (WDL) is an international digital library operated by UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress.



Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) 1926 – England’s current monarch has reigned since 1952.

Elaine May 1932 – Actress, comedienne (“Heaven Can Wait”, “Primary Colors”, “A New Leaf”, “The Heartbreak Kid”, “Mikey and Nicky”)

Charles Grodin 1935 – Actor (“Clifford,” “Beethoven I,” “Beethoven II”, “Midnight Run”, “The Woman in Red”, “Heaven Can Wait”, “The Heartbreak Kid”)

Iggy Pop 1947 – Singer, songwriter (Psychedelic Stooges)

Patti LuPone 1949 – Actress (“Evita”, “Driving Miss Daisy”)

Tony Danza 1951 – Actor (TV’s “Who’s the Boss,” “Taxi,” movie “Angels in the Outfield”)

Andie MacDowell 1958 – Actress (“Groundhog Day”, “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Sex, Lies, and Videotape”, TV’s “Cedar Grove”)

Robert Smith 1959 – Musician (The Cure)

John Cameron Mitchell 1963 – Actor, director (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”)

Glen Hansard 1970 – Singer, actor (“The Commitments”, “Once”)

Nicole Sullivan 1970 – Actress, comedian (TV’s “MadTV,” “King of Queens”)

James McAvoy 1979 – Actor (“X-Men” series, “Atonement”, “The Last King of Scotland”, “Victor Frankenstein”)

Tony Romo 1980 – Football player

Robbie Amell 1988 – Actor (“True Jackson”, “The Tomorrow People”)



American Red Cross Giving Day

Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day

Chocolate Covered Cashews Day

Day of Silence

Kindergarten Day

Tea Day

World Creativity and Innovation Day


For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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