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Germany 1948 West Germany Berlin Blockade 21st Sept. 1948 : During negotiations with Russia who have demanded the withdrawal of occupying troops from Germany, the Soviet Union has continued it's blockade with US and British aircraft delivering the much needed supplies to the city. It is hoped that current negotiations may lead to an end to the blockade blockade ended on for another 12 months.

U.S. 1998 U.S.A. Clinton Grand Jury Testimony Shown On TV 21st Sept. 1998 : Bill Clinton's testimony about his possible affair with Monica Lewinsky as shown on Public television for the first time. The president was forced to defend previous statements about the exact nature of his affair and whether he had previously lied under oath.

Germany 1921 Germany Chemical Plant Explosion Wednesday, 21st Sept. 1921 : An explosion at a chemical products plant in Oppau, Germany, killed an estimated 800 people.



Canada 1922 Canada Harvest Returns To Pre War Levels Thursday, 21st September 1922 : Following a number of poor harvests in Canada and the interruption of the war, Canada will have it's best harvest for over a decade and it is hoped that in the next couple years harvests will return to pre-war levels.

U.S. 1931 U.S.A. US Banking System Problems 21st Sept. 1931 : As well as being the low point in the 30's depression years also was a testing time for the US banking system as Americans lost faith in the banking system meaning they decided to draw money out of their local banks which in turn caused over 800 banks to close by the end of the year

UK 1931 Great Britain Abandons Gold Standard 21st Sept. 1931 : Great Britain decides to abandon the Gold Standard causing a minor panic in the American banking System.

UK 1937 Great Britain The Hobbit Published 21st Sept. 1937 : J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," is first published which follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins.

U.S. 1938 U.S.A. Hurricane 21st Sept. 1938 : A hurricane with winds reaching 185 miles per hour often known as 1938 New England hurricane landed on seven new England States causing the deaths of nearly 700 and property damage estimated in the hundreds of millions. The Hurricane and resulting flooding left over 60,000 homeless.
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Czechoslovakia 1938 Czechoslovakia Europe Accepts Germany Invasion Of Poland 21st Sept. 1938 : In Europe politicians from France and England are accepting the price of peace is to allow Germany to take control of Czechoslovakia, of course the Czechs do not agree and many other countries and people around the world are questioning the wisdom of Great Britain and France backing down to Hitler believing he will make political capitol and make him think he can continue with his policies without British or French interference , only time will tell if they made the right decision.

U.S. 1939 U.S.A. Neutrality Acts 21st September 1939 : Following the outbreak of war in Europe FDR goes before Congress and asks that the Neutrality Acts, a series of laws passed earlier in the decade, be amended to lift an embargo against sending military aid to countries in Europe facing the onslaught of Nazi aggression during World War II.

France 1947 France French Grand Prix 21st Sept. 1947 : The French Grand Prix returns after the war years and Louis Chrion wins with his Talbot Lago in Lyon

China 1949 China Mao Tse Tung 21st Sept. 1949 : The Communist People’s Republic of China is proclaimed under Mao Tse Tung.
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Iceland 1958 Iceland Cod War 21st Sept. 1958 : Britain and Iceland have called a temporary halt to the COD WAR because a British Marine was taken sick with acute appendicitis, and the British skipper of the Frigate Diana asked the Icelandic coast guard ship Aeger for permission to sail into the Icelandic port where a hospital was located inside the Icelandic 12 mile zone, The Icelandic Government gave permission and the Marine is now in hospital in Iceland receiving treatment.
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UK 1969 UK Squatters Evicted 21st Sept. 1969 : 200 squatters members of the so called "London Street Commune" who have occupied 144 Piccadilly for the last 6 days are evicted when police storm the 100-room building.

Philippines 1972 Philippines Martial Law Declared 21st Sept. 1972 : Following a series of bombing and terrorist strikes against the government President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines.

U.S. 1978 U.S.A. Housing Market 21st September 1978 : Speculation that the booming housing market could collapse if the government squeezes the credit money supply further is being made by House builders and other interested parties in the housing market.




U.S. More News and Events From 1979 U.S.A. Harrier Jump Jet crash 21st Sept. 1979 : An RAF Harrier Jump Jet has crashed onto houses in a Cambridgeshire town, killing two men and a young boy. The Jet was involved in a midair collision when the two Harrier jump jets collided at about 8,000 ft.
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Nigeria 1989 Nigeria Terrorist Bombing Aircraft 21st Sept. 1989 : A terrorist bomb is thought to be the cause of a French DC 10 jetliners crash in Southern Nigeria that killed all 171 people on board. The Moslem extremist group Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility.

U.S. 1989 U.S.A. Colin Powell 21st Sept. 1989 : Colin Powell the first African American is appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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U.S. 1989 U.S.A. Hurricane Hugo 21st Sept. 1989 : Hurricane Hugo lands in South Carolina with winds of 135 mph killing at least three and causing significant damage to property in the area.

Greece 1998 Greece Possible War With Turkey 21st Sept. 1998 : Due to the growing tensions with it's neighbors Turkey, Greece is to conscript women between the ages of 18 and 30 into military units to protect it's border area with Turkey.

Taiwan 1999 Taiwan Earthquake 21st September 1999 : A 7.6-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan kills thousands of people, causing billions of dollars in damages and leaves an estimated 100,000 homeless. The worst area was Tungshih, where virtually every building was damaged and the population of 60,000 was left without electricity, water or telephone service.

Haiti 2004 Haiti Tropical Storm Jeanne 21st Sept. 2004 : Tropical Storm Jeanne has caused severe flooding on the Island of Haiti leaving tens of thousands homeless and over 500 deaths. The 30% city of Port-de-Paix is now covered by water with just a few house tops visible and along the coast and nearby plantations are reported to be under water. And in the city of Gonaives where roads around the city were transformed into fast flowing rivers and 80% of the population is affected.
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Australia 2007 Australia Wheat Crop fails 21st Sept. 2007 : The Australian wheat crop has failed due to severe drought and combined with the problems of an outbreak of new crop diseases in Europe and the Americas, wheat prices have hit a new 10 year high with Australian wheat now fetching US$340 (£169) a ton. As the high prices enter the consumer food markets and in areas of world living in extreme poverty bread which is a staple food for the poor is becoming too expensive for many causing a series of protests.

Lesotho 2008 Lesotho Massive Diamond found 21st Sept. 2008 : The twentieth largest rough diamond was discovered in a Lesotho mine. The diamond weighs 478 carats and could produce a 150 carat cut stone.

Iran 2011 Iran Iran Frees US Hikers 21st September, 2011 : Two American hikers were released from jail in Iran after spending two years in detention after being convicted of spying. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were released on bail and immediately flown to Oman. The two men and Sarah Shroud who had been released in 2010 were arrested by authorities along the Iraq-Iran border while hiking through the region during a vacation.

U.S. 2011 U.S.A. Google+ 21st Sept. 2011 : Google+, social network service is released to the general public. Up to this point it had been by invite only, Google+ was released on June 28th via invite only and over the next 3 months additional features are added and bugs were fixed .

United States 2011 United States Rock Band R.E.M. Announce Breakup 21st September, 2011 : Popular US rock band R.E.M. announced the band would be splitting up after 31 years. The band had gained popularity in the early 1990's and went on to become popular international musicians. They apologized to fans stating that they were ready to end their band.

United States 2011 United States Troy Davis Executed in Georgia 21st September, 2011 : Death row inmate Troy Davis was executed in the US state of Georgia after the US Supreme Court denied an appeal for clemency. Davis and his attorneys maintained his innocence until the last minute despite being convicted for the murder of Mark MacPhail, a police man, in 1989. His case had been disputed due to the fact that many of the witnesses recanted or changed their testimony after his trial.

Ethiopia 2012 Ethiopia New Prime Minister Sworn In
21st September, 2012 : New Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn is sworn in after the death of Meles Zenawi in August after twenty-one years in power. Desalegn had been the foreign minister and deputy prime minister.


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2013 Iraq Suicide Bombing at Funeral

21st September, 2013 : Over sixty people are killed and another 120 people are injured after suicide bombers attack a funeral in Baghdad. Two explosions hit mourners who had been in a tent and then a third explosion was set off as the police and ambulances gathered to help. The explosions started fires in the surrounding areas. No particular group claimed responsibility for the attacks.