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21 Sept, 1948 - West Germany Berlin Blockade
1948 : The death toll in the area hit by an earthquake which hit Tabas and the surrounding villages on Saturday has now reached 16,000 and Iranian aircraft are spraying areas effected with disinfectant in a hope to keep diseases from spreading. The smell of death still pervades through the smell of disinfectant as there are still large numbers of dead who have not been buried. Iran has asked the world for help and medical supplies and staff as many wounded men and women are still untreated due to the small hospital in the area.

21 Sept, 1998 - Clinton Grand Jury Testimony Shown On TV
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.

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

21 Sept, 1922 - Canada Harvest Returns To Pre-War Levels
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.

21 Sept, 1931 - US Banking System Problems
1931 : As well as being the low point in the 1930s 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.


21 Sept, 1931 - Great Britain Abandons Gold Standard
1931 : Great Britain decides to abandon the Gold Standard causing a minor panic in the American banking System.
Gold Bar Image

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

21 Sept, 1938 - U.S.A. Hurricane
1938 : A hurricane with winds reaching 185 miles per hour often known as the 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. 1938 Great New England Hurricane Timeline
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21 Sept, 1938 - Europe Accepts Germany Invasion of Poland
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.

21 Sept, 1939 - U.S.A. Neutrality Acts
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.

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

21 Sept, 1949 - China Mao Tse Tung
1949 : The Communist People’s Republic of China is proclaimed under Mao Tse Tung.
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21 Sept, 1958 - Iceland Cod War
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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21 Sept, 1969 - UK Squatters Evicted
September 21st, 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.

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

21 Sept, 1978 - U.S.A. Housing Market
September 21st, 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.
For Sale Sign

21 Sept, 1979 - Harrier Jump Jet Crash
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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21 Sept, 1989 - Nigeria Terrorist Bombing Aircraft
September 21st, 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 Muslim extremist group Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility.

21 Sept, 1989 - U.S.A. Colin Powell
1989 : Colin Powell the first African American is appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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21 Sept, 1989 - U.S.A. Hurricane Hugo
September 21st, 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.

21 Sept, 1998 - Greece Possible War With Turkey
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.

21 Sept, 1999 - Taiwan Earthquake
September 21st, 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.

21 Sept, 2004 - Haiti Tropical Storm Jeanne
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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21 Sept, 2007 - Australia Wheat Crop Fails
September 21st, 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.

21 Sept, 2008 - Lesotho Massive Diamond Found
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.

21 Sept, 2011 - Iran Frees US Hikers
September 21st, 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.

21 Sept, 2011 - U.S.A. Google+
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.

21 Sept, 2011 - Rock Band R.E.M. Announce Breakup
September 21st, 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 1990s and went on to become popular international musicians. They apologized to fans stating that they were ready to end their band.

21 Sept, 2011 - Troy Davis Executed in Georgia
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.

21 Sept, 2012 - Ethiopia New Prime Minister Sworn In
September 21st, 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.

21 Sept, 2013 - Iraq Suicide Bombing at Funeral
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.

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Stephen King
Born: September 21st, 1947, Portland, Maine, US
Known For : Best Known as a writer of horror fiction, but also writes science fiction. His Books include Carrie, Dreamcatcher, Desperation, Hearts In Atlantis, Misery, Pet Sematary, The Tommyknockers, The Shining and many many more.

Faith Hill
Born: Audrey Faith Perry, September 21st, 1967, Ridgeland, Mississippi
Known For : Country Singer with multiple awards including the Academy of Country Music, the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards and the People's Choice Awards. Some of her hits include Mississippi Girl, The Way You Love Me, Let Me Let Go, Piece of My Heart, Wild One just to name a few. Married to Tim McGraw.