On This Day - November 21st

We’re officially in the last ten days of November, and boy, is there a lot to cover! But let’s start with today, November 21st, and why it is such an important date. If it’s your birthday today, many happy returns – we’re here to share some historic events and famous birthdays with you. There’s also a few special events taking place around the world that you might want to take note of!

On this day

Modern day Jerusalem

The Maccabean Revolt took place

In 164 BC, the Maccabean Revolt took place. During the revolt, Judas Maccabaeus took back Jerusalem and rededicated the Second Temple.

Prince Edward became King.

In 1272, Prince Edward became King of England. This was following his father, King Henry III of England’s death on November 16. He became known as Edward I of England, and ruled the country until 1307, when he was succeeded by Edward II.

Facts of Bangladesh

The Battle of Garibpur took place.

In 1971, the Battle of Garibpur took place. The Mukti Bahini, Bengali guerrillas, helped the Indian troops defeat Pakistan’s army.

Facts about Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe resigned.

In 2017, after having spent 37 years in power, Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe resigned. His resignation was read out to the public in Zimbabwe’s parliaments during the impeachment proceedings.

Montgolfier balloon

The first balloon flight took place!

In 1783, the first manned free balloon flight took place in a Montgolfier balloon. The men on board were Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and Marquis d’Arlandes.

Special Days Falling on November 21st

If you would like to join in some of the festivities today, you will be glad to know that there are plenty to go around! Here are some of the biggest celebrations taking place around the world today.
Color TV invented on this day in history

World Television Day

Across the world, November 21st is World Television Day! The day was created by the United Nations General Assembly back in 1996. It is dedicated to honoring the impact of television and its importance in the modern world. It is not only a tool that entertains but also one that educates and even helps us to communicate.


Hello Day

For people all over the world, November 21st is also Hello Day. The day is meant to show us the importance of communication and preserving peace. Hello is such an important word that opens the line for dialogue between friends, strangers, and people separated by cultures and frontiers. Whether it’s Bonjour, good day, hola, or otherwise – today is a great day to say hello to someone, whether it’s been a long time or if it’s meeting somebody new.


World Fisheries Day

Finally, November 21st is also World Fisheries Day. Today highlights the vital importance of sustainable fishing in the hopes of helping to maintain and preserve healthy ocean ecosystems across the planet! Fishing has been a major issue for maintaining ecosystems over decades – and while millions still depend on fishing as part of their daily diets, there are ways in which fishing practices can become more green and sustainable.

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