Thursday 21 October 2010
It was Thursday, under the sign of Libra. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of October people in US were listening to Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars.
Ip Man, directed by Wilson Yip, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2010
while The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson was one of the best selling books.
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- Republic of China - Overseas Chinese Day
- French Republican Calendar - Tonneau (Barrel) Day, thirtieth day in the Month of VendTmiaire
- In the comic novel Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the Earth was born on this day in 4004 BC, within a quarter of an hour of 9 in the morning. This was supposedly because God liked to get things over with early.
- R.C. saints - Saint Ursula and her 11 (or 11000) virgins; Saint Hilarion
- Trafalgar Day ? celebrated throughout much of the British Empire in the 19th and early 20th Century.
- Also see October 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
- International Day of the Nacho ? celebrated in the United States and Mexico since the early 1990s.
- Diwali in India (2006)
Famous Birthdays:See famous people born on 21 October
- A bomb attack on a bus on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao kills at least seven people. (BBC)
- Suspected Taliban militants kill an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier and five Afghan policeman in attacks in Afghanistan. (AFP)
- Biochemist Nick Lane wins the Royal Society Science Book Prize for ''Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution''. (BBC)
- French protests
- France faces another day of strikes with a quarter of petrol stations not having any fuel. (Reuters)
- Activists block access to the Marseille Provence Airport, the fifth biggest airport in France. (BBC)
- Toyota orders a recall of 1.5 million vehicles, including various Lexus models and Toyota Avalon models, due to brake fluid and fuel pump problems. (AP via MSNBC)
- A powerful 6.9 magnitude occurs off the coast of Baja California Sur in Mexico. (''Economic Times'')
- At least 50 people die as an outbreak of an as-of-yet unidentified disease occurs in Haiti. (BBC)
- The African Union calls on the United Nations Security Council to impose an air and naval blockade of Somalia to counter an Islamist Al-Shabaab militant insurgency and piracy. (AFP)
- Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas, who has has staged more than 20 hunger strikes, is awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament. (''The Telegraph'')
- China condemns a United Nations report that says Chinese bullets were used in attacks on international peacekeeping forces in the Darfur region of Sudan. (BBC)
- President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez finishes a two-day visit to Iran, signing agreements on oil, energy and commerce. (CNN)
- Jewish settlers have started building more than 600 homes in the West Bank since a building freeze expired last month. (''The Jerusalem Post'')
- Belgian woman Els Clottemans is sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for murdering her love rival Els Van Doren by sabotaging her parachute so neither it nor a safety chute would open during a November 18, 2006 parachute jump. (Fox News)
- Russell Williams escalated to sexual assaults and culminated in the brutal sex killings of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 37, and Jessica Lloyd, 27. Canadian Air Force Colonel Russell Williams is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for two murders, several sexual assaults and dozens of fetish burglaries. (Chronicle Herald)
- Tibetan students protest Chinese government education policies that limit the teaching of Tibetan language. (CNN)
- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir retracts an earlier remark and says there will be no return to civil war with the south if the referendum on South Sudanese self determination results in a vote for independence. (Africa News)
- Myanmar changes its name from Union of Myanmar to Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and also changes the design of the national flag. (Reuters)
- Thousands of people protest in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, after a left-wing activist is killed in a dispute between two labor unions. (BBC)
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