2021: On This Year


2021 (MMXXI in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2021th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 2021 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 2021 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 2021, who was Time's Person of the Year in 2021, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 2021, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 2021, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 2021.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 2021 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 2021 known for ?

  • The year 2021 began with the world still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The novel virus that first emerged in Wuhan in 2019 had now spread globally. This prompted WHO to issue social distancing and lockdown measures.
  • While countries were loosening the lock-down measures, the more contagious Delta variant arrived. First identified in late 2020 in India, the Delta variant spread rapidly reaching the US, where it quickly surged.
  • The major rollout of vaccines that began at the end of 2020 continued in 2021. However, vaccine hesitancy proved a factor in the steady growth of the pandemic death toll worldwide.
  • In politics, a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the US capital on January 6th, 2021. They aimed to stop lawmakers from certifying the 2020 presidential election results. During the chaos, five people died, including a Capitol Hill police officer. Lawmakers, including Vice President Mike Pence, fled the congressional chamber for safety.
  • A fortnight later, Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the US on January 6th, 2021. Kamala Harris became the US first female, Black and South Asian vice president. After taking office, Biden spoke at a ceremony to mark 500,000 US deaths from COVID-19.
  • In May 2021, US President Biden ordered the complete withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan. As the withdrawal proceeded, the Taliban overran the country. Kabul fell and trapped thousands of foreigners in the city. The US evacuated stranded Americans. While the US President called the withdrawal a success, the American public called it a debacle, among other things.
  • In the financial world, there were major consequences for certain hedge funds. This was after a short squeeze of the GameStop stock, and other securities took place. About 140% of GameStop's stock got sold short.
  • The rush to buy the stock resulted in the price rising higher. As a result of the short squeeze, the company's stock reached $500 per share. This was 30 times more than the $17.25 valuation at the beginning of the month.
  • Unfortunately, we also got some sad news. The Grim Reaper claimed the lives of some beloved legends. They include DMX, Larry King, Cicely Tyson, Norm McDonald, and Michael K. Williams.
  • While not many people care who is the richest globally, the year 2021 saw Elon Musk supersede Jeff Bezos to become the richest man alive. Musk became the third person to amass a fortune worth $200 billion.
  • In the business world, Jeff Bezos stepped down as Amazon's CEO. While losing his position as the richest man globally was not the reason, he is still the executive chairman of the company's board. After stepping down, Andy Jassy, Bezos' longtime deputy, took the reins.
  • In the entertainment world, DC Fanboys got their much-awaited Zack Synder's Justice League movie. This is after years of online campaigning which resulted in the premiering of the movie on HBO Max. The movie grossed $657 million against an estimated $300 million budget.
  • The next big thing was the blocking of the Suez Canal. The massive Ever Given cargo ship ran aground in the Suez Canal and blocked the world's major waterway. The accident generated costs of up to $9.6 billion a day.
  • The year ended with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor of the Hubble Telescope. This was a collaboration between the ESA, the Canadian Space Agency, and NASA.

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2021: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 2021 were:

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

The Last Thing He Told Me


Owen Michaels, a husband of one year, disappears and leaves a note for his wife, Hannah, asking her to protect his 16-year-old daughter, Bailey, who lost her mother as a child and is reluctant to accept Hannah as her new …

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

The Love Hypothesis


Olive Smith, a third-year Ph.D. candidate, doesn't believe in lasting romantic relationships, but her best friend does. To convince her friend, Olive panics and kisses a man, who turns out to be Adam Carlsen, a young professor, and they agree …

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu Rising


The Riva family, known for their fame and talent, gathers for Nina's annual end-of-summer party, where secrets, loves, and the family's history come to light, leading to a night of chaos and a morning of devastation at the Riva mansion.

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds


The Dust Bowl era has arrived, leaving millions out of work and farmers struggling to keep their land and livelihoods. Elsa Martinelli, like many others, must make a difficult decision: fight for the land she loves or seek a better …

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary


Ryland Grace, the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission, must solve an impossible scientific mystery and confront an extinction-level threat to humanity, all while grappling with his own memory loss and the loss of his crewmates. Despite the daunting …

Ox chinese zodiac sign

2021: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 2021?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 2021 was the Year of the Ox.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Ox sign.

2021: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 2021 were:

Legends of the Hidden Temple

Release year: 2021

Starring: Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker

Country: United States of America

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Release year: 2021

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Country: United States of America

Good Sam

Release year: 2021

Directed by: Leo McCarey

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ann Sheridan, Ray Collins, Edmund Lowe

Turner & Hooch

Release year: 2021

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

Starring: Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Reginald VelJohnson


Release year: 2021

Directed by: Mark Dindal

world population

2021: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 2021 was 7,794,798,739 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 56.0% of the total population, which is roughly 4.4 billion individuals.The average population density in 2021 was 32 persons per square mile (or 52 persons per square kilometer).


What happened in 2021?

Here's what happened in 2021:

  • Jan 8, 2021: Twenty-three people are killed in what is described as a police ″massacre″ in La Vega, Caracas, Venezuela.


What does the year 2021 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 2021 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 122nd year of the 21st century and the 1st year of the 2020s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 2020 and precedes 2022.

calendars for year 2021

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