On this day

In 1982, Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first pitcher to record 300 saves on this day. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 21 April?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 1982, Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first pitcher to record 300 saves on this day. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 21 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 21 APRIL

1989 | Tiananmen Square protest: In Beijing, nearly 100 000 students gathered at Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese revolutionary leader Hu Yaobang.

1987 | The Tamil Tigers were blamed for a car bomb that detonated in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo, at least 106 people were killed.

1985 | The compound of the militant group The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord surrendered to federal authorities in Arkansas after a two-day siege by the government.

1982 | Baseball: Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first pitcher to record 300 saves.

1975 | Vietnam War: President of South Vietnam Nguyỿn VĿn Thiỿu fled Saigon, as Xuân Lỿc, the last South Vietnamese outpost blocked a direct North Vietnamese assault on Saigon, falls.

1967 | A few days before the general election in Greece, Colonel George Papadopoulos led a coup d’état, establishing a seven-year military rule.

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BIRTHDAYS

1962 | American baseball player and coach, Les Lancaster.

1947 | American baseball player, Al Bumbry.

1986 | Italian football player, Mirko Valdifiori.

1933 | Iraqi patriarch, Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, died in 2014.

1978 | Russian hurdler, Yuliya Pechonkina.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2014 | Burmese journalist and politician, co-founded the National League for Democracy, Win Tin, 84.

2012 | American author and academic, Doris Betts, 80.

2015 | American sportscaster and producer, Steve Byrnes, 56

2006 | Indian politician, T. K. Ramakrishnan, 84.

1986 | American painter and actress, Marjorie Eaton, 85.

SPORTS

2013 | On this day in a Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez bit Chelsea’s defender Branislav Ivanovich at Anfield.

ENTERTAINMENT

1995 | The Basketball Diaries was widely released in theaters on this day in the U.S. It premiered for the first tin on January 27, 1995.

AFRICA FACT

The largest city in Nigeria is Lagos but it’s not the capital city. Its capital city is Abuja.