2021 History Events: What Happened in 2021

The world was still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic when the year 2021 began. The unique virus, which initially appeared in Wuhan in 2019, has already spread throughout the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) responded by issuing social separation and lockdown measures. The more contagious Delta variety appeared just as governments were easing their lock-down procedures. The Delta variety was first discovered in late 2020 in India and quickly moved to the United States, where it quickly grew in popularity. Vaccine distribution began in earnest in the end of 2020 and lasted into 2021. Vaccine reluctance, on the other hand, proved to be a factor in the pandemic’s continuous rise in death tolls around the world.

On January 6th, 2021, a crowd of pro-Trump fans attacked the US capital. They wanted to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. Five individuals died as a result of the pandemonium, including a Capitol Hill police officer. Members of Congress, including Vice President Mike Pence, left the chamber for safety reasons. On January 20th, 2021, Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Kamala Harris was elected as the United States’ first female, African-American, and South Asian vice president. Biden addressed at a ceremony commemorating 500,000 US deaths caused by COVID-19 shortly after becoming office.

US President Joe Biden ordered the total departure of US forces from Afghanistan in May 2021. The Taliban took control of the country as the evacuation progressed. When Kabul fell, tens of thousands of foreigners were stuck in the city. Americans who were stranded were evacuated by the US. The pullout was hailed as a triumph by the US President, but it was hailed as a fiasco by the American population, among other things.

Certain hedge funds had serious implications in the financial sector. This came after the GameStop stock and other securities were subjected to a short squeeze. Short selling accounted for about 140 percent of GameStop’s shares. As a result of the stampede to buy the shares, the price has risen. The company’s shares reached $500 per share as a result of the short squeeze. This was a 300% increase over the $17.25 valuation at the start of the month.

Unfortunately, we also received some discouraging news. Some well-known legends have perished at the hands of the Grim Reaper. DMX, Larry King, Cicely Tyson, Norm McDonald, and Michael K. Williams are among them. While few people are interested in who is the richest person on the planet, Elon Musk surpassed Jeff Bezos to become the richest man living in 2021. Musk has amassed a fortune of $200 billion, making him the third person to do so.

In the corporate sector, Jeff Bezos resigned as CEO of Amazon. He is still the executive chairman of the company’s board, despite losing his position as the world’s richest man. Andy Jassy, Bezos’ longtime deputy, took over after he stepped down.

In the world of entertainment, DC fans finally got their hands on Zack Synder’s Justice League film. This comes after years of online campaigning that culminated in the film’s HBO Max premiere. The film grossed $657 million against a budget of $300 million.

The Suez Canal blockade was the next important event. The large cargo ship Ever Given ran aground in the Suez Canal, closing the world’s busiest waterway. The disaster resulted in daily costs of up to $9.6 billion. The James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Telescope, was launched at the end of the year. The ESA, the Canadian Space Agency, and NASA collaborated on this project.

Continue reading to discover more about the events of 2021.


(January 01, 2021)
Dame Elmira Minita Gordon was the first Governor General of Belize from 1981 to 1993. As the first Belizean to get a Ph.D. in psychology. As a "double dame", she holds the Order of St Michael and St George and the Royal Victorian Order.


(January 03, 2021)
Eric Jerome Dickey was a writer from the United States. He wrote multiple criminal novels about swindlers, ex-convicts, and assassins, with more diversified locations ranging from Los Angeles to the United Kingdom to the West Indies, each with an international cast of characters. Dickey's novels were New York Times best-sellers. Dickey died of cancer on January 3, 2021, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 59. photo source:

(Died on January 04, 2021)
Tanya Roberts, American actress (b. 1955).

(Died on January 05, 2021)
John Georgiadis, English violinist and composer (b. 1939).

(January 06, 2021)
Five people were killed and the US Congress was evacuated after supporters of US President Donald Trump attacked the US Capitol to disrupt certification of the 2020 presidential election. photo source:

(Died on January 07, 2021)
Tommy Lasorda, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1927)[.

(Died on January 08, 2021)
Iancu Țucărman, Romanian Holocaust survivor (b. 1922).

(Died on January 09, 2021)
John Reilly, American actor (b. 1934).

(January 13, 2021)
After the House of Representatives approved an article of impeachment accusing Trump of "incitement of insurrection" for allegedly encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Trump was defeated by Joe Biden, Trump became the first US president to be impeached twice. photo source:

(Died on January 16, 2021)
Phil Spector, American record producer, songwriter (b. 1939).

(January 20, 2021)
The 46th President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, is sworn in. He is the oldest person ever to be inaugurated, at the age of 78. Kamala Harris is elected as the United States' first female Vice President.

(Died on January 22, 2021)
Hank Aaron, American baseball player (b. 1934).

(Died on January 23, 2021)
Larry King, American journalist and talk show host (b. 1933).

(Died on January 27, 2021)
Cloris Leachman, American actress and comedian (b. 1926).


(January 28, 2021)
Cicely Tyson, an American actress known for her vivid depictions of powerful African American women, died at the age of 96.

(Died on January 30, 2021)
Sophie Xeon, Scottish musician (b. 1986).

(February 01, 2021)
Myanmar's military seized control, ousting Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's de facto leader.

(Died on February 01, 2021)
Temur Tsiklauri, Georgian pop singer and actor.

(Died on February 02, 2021)
Captain Sir Tom Moore, British Army officer and charity campaigner (b. 1920).

(Died on February 05, 2021)
Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor (b. 1929).

(Died on February 06, 2021)
George Shultz, American politician, Secretary of State (1982–1989), Secretary of the Treasury (1972–1974), Secretary of Labor (1969–1970) (b. 1920).

(Died on February 08, 2021)
Mary Wilson (singer), American singer, founding member of The Supremes (b. 1944).

(Died on February 09, 2021)
Chick Corea, American jazz composer (b. 1941).

(Died on February 10, 2021)
Larry Flynt, American publisher (b. 1942).

(Died on February 14, 2021)
William Meninger, an American Trappist monk and a principal developer of Centering Prayer (b. 1932).

(February 17, 2021)
Rush Limbaugh, an American radio personality and author noted for his ultraconservative and frequently divisive views, died at the age of 70.

(Died on February 17, 2021)
Rush Limbaugh, American talk show host and author (b. 1951).

(Died on February 21, 2021)
Kevin Dann, Australian rugby league player (b. 1958).

(February 22, 2021)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, an American poet and owner of the renowned City Lights bookstore, died at the age of 101. He was one of the pioneers of the Beat movement in San Francisco.

(Died on February 22, 2021)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, American poet, painter (b.1919).

(Died on February 23, 2021)
Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabian politician (b. 1930).

(Died on February 24, 2021)
Ronald Pickup, English actor (b. 1940).

(Died on March 06, 2021)
Graham Pink, British nurse (b. 1929).

(Died on March 09, 2021)
Roger Mudd, American journalist (b. 1928).


(March 13, 2021)
Marvin Hagler, a long-time middleweight champion and one of the best boxers of the 1970s and 1980s, died at the age of 66.

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(Died on March 13, 2021)
Murray Walker, English motorsport commentator and journalist (b.1923).

(Died on March 17, 2021)
John Magufuli, the fifth President of Tanzania (b. 1959).

(Died on March 19, 2021)
Glynn Lunney, American engineer (b. 1936).

(Died on March 21, 2021)
Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian secularist, feminist (b.1931).

(Died on March 23, 2021)
George Segal, American actor (b. 1934).

(Died on March 24, 2021)
Jessica Walter, American actress and voice artist (b. 1941).

(Died on March 25, 2021)
Beverly Cleary, American author (b. 1916).

(Died on March 28, 2021)
Didier Ratsiraka, Malagasy politician and naval officer (b. 1936).

(Died on March 30, 2021)
Myra Frances, British actress (b. 1942).

(Died on March 31, 2021)
Ken Reitz, American baseball player (b. 1951).

(Died on April 02, 2021)
Simon Bainbridge, British composer (b. 1952).

(Died on April 03, 2021)
Stan Stephens, Canadian-American politician, 20th Governor of Montana (b. 1929).

(Died on April 05, 2021)
Paul Ritter, English actor (b. 1966).

(Died on April 06, 2021)
Hans Küng, Swiss Catholic priest, theologian, and author.(b. 1928).

(Died on April 07, 2021)
Tommy Raudonikis, Australian rugby league player and coach (b. 1950).

(Died on April 09, 2021)
Ramsey Clark, American lawyer (b. 1927).

(Died on April 12, 2021)
Shirley Williams, British politician and academic. (b. 1930).

(Died on April 16, 2021)
John Dawes, Welsh rugby union player (b. 1940).

(Died on April 19, 2021)
Jim Steinman, American composer, lyricist (b. 1947).

(Died on April 20, 2021)
Les McKeown, Scottish pop singer (b. 1955).

(Died on April 22, 2021)
Adrian Garrett, American professional baseball player (b. 1943).

(Died on April 23, 2021)
Dan Kaminsky, 42, American internet security researcher, of diabetic ketoacidosis (1979 - 2021).

(Died on April 27, 2021)
Manoj Das, Indian writer (b. 1934).

(Died on April 28, 2021)
Michael Collins, American astronaut (b. 1930).

(Died on April 29, 2021)
Cate Haste, English author (b. 1945).

(Died on April 30, 2021)
Anthony Payne, English composer (b. 1936).

(Died on May 01, 2021)
Olympia Dukakis, American actress (b. 1931).

(Died on May 02, 2021)
Marcel Stellman, Belgian record producer and lyricist (b. 1925).

(Died on May 03, 2021)
Lloyd Price, an American R&B vocalist (b. 1933).

(Died on May 04, 2021)
Nick Kamen, English model, songwriter (b. 1962).

(Died on May 08, 2021)
Helmut Jahn, German-American architect (b. 1940).

(Died on May 10, 2021)
Pauline Tinsley, British soprano (b. 1928).

(Died on May 11, 2021)
Norman Lloyd, American actor, producer and director (b. 1914).

(Died on May 15, 2021)
Oliver Gillie, British journalist and scientist (b. 1937).

(Died on May 16, 2021)
Bruno Covas, Brazilian lawyer, politician (b.1980).

(Died on May 18, 2021)
Charles Grodin, American actor and talk show host (b. 1935).

(Died on May 19, 2021)
Paul Mooney, American Comedian (b. 1941).

(Died on May 23, 2021)
Eric Carle, American children's book designer, illustrator, and writer best known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar (b. 1929).

(Died on May 25, 2021)
Lois Ehlert, American author and illustrator (b. 1934).

(Died on May 27, 2021)
Poul Schlüter, former Prime Minister of Denmark (b. 1929).

(Died on May 29, 2021)
B. J. Thomas, American singer (b. 1942).

(Died on June 03, 2021)
F. Lee Bailey, American attorney (b. 1933).

(Died on June 04, 2021)
Clarence Williams III, American actor (b. 1939).

(Died on June 13, 2021)
Ned Beatty, American actor (b. 1937).

(Died on June 17, 2021)
Kenneth Kaunda, Zambian educator and politician, first president of Zambia (b. 1924).

(Died on June 26, 2021)
Mike Gravel, American politician (b. 1930).

(Died on June 23, 2021)
John McAfee, British-American computer programmer and businessman, founded McAfee (b. 1945).

(Died on June 24, 2021)
Benigno Aquino III, 15th President of the Philippines (b. 1960).

(Died on June 29, 2021)
Donald Rumsfeld, American captain and politician, 13th United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1932).

(Died on June 30, 2021)
Raj Kaushal, Indian Film Director and Producer (b. 1971).

(Died on July 01, 2021)
Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (b. 1939).

(Died on July 04, 2021)
Harmoko, Indonesian politician, former parliament speaker and government minister (b. 1939).

(Died on July 05, 2021)
Richard Donner, American film director (b. 1930).

(Died on July 07, 2021)
Jovenel Moïse, Haitian entrepreneur and politician, President of Haiti from 2017 until July 7 2021, when he was assasinated. (b. 1968).

(Died on July 11, 2021)
Charlie Robinson, American actor (b. 1945).

(Died on July 16, 2021)
Biz Markie, American rapper (b. 1964).

(Died on July 18, 2021)
Tom O'Connor, English comedian (b. 1939).

(August 24, 2021)
English drummer Charlie Watts, an integral member of the iconic rock band the Rolling Stones, died at age 80.

(October 18, 2021)
Colin L. Powell, the nation's top soldier, diplomat, and national security adviser throughout his four decades in public life, passed away on Monday. He was 84 years old when he passed away. photo source:

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