Wars, earthquakes, leaks, bombings and more have happened on September 21sts of history, and in turn, it gets named International Day of Peace.

The Naturals

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.

In 1948, an earthquake hit Iran on the same day, leaving 16,000 people dead on that year’s September 21st. In 1989, hurricane Hugo landed in South Carolina with winds of 135 mph, killing at least three and causing significant damage to property in the area. 

Hurricane Hugo devastating lands…

More natural disasters came in the form of Haiti tropical storm Jeanne (2004), an earthquake in Taiwan with a magnitude of 7.6 (1999) and Australian wheat crops failing to produce due to severe drought and several crop diseases (2007).

The Man-Made

The most iconic moment would probably go to the telecast of Bill Clinton’s testimony about his possible affair with Monica Lewinsky on national television for the first time.

Although his testimony was on August 17th, the telecast came on September 21st, 1998, and funnily enough, the people, although they considered it to be unethical, did not think it to be worthy of impeachment or resignation.

President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky…

One of the most defining moments would be the acceptance of Germany’s invasion of Poland. Following the policy of appeasement, France and England were accepting the price of peace and allowed Germany to take control of Czechoslovakia. This, in turn, gave Hitler an ambition to conquer the rest of Europe, and eventually led to another World War.


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Besides the world geopolitical scenarios changing, other disasters include the chemical plant explosion in Oppau, Germany (1921), the Philippines declaring martial law in 1972 due to a series of bombing and terrorist strikes against the government and suicide bombing in Iraq at 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.

Some Moments Of Happiness

1st aerobatic manoeuvre sustained inverted flight, performed in France
J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ is published by George Allen and Unwin in London
Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly

In the end, September 21st, which is called the International Day Of Peace, is highly ironic, and one can only hope for this peace in the upcoming aeons to come.


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Sources: On This Day, History, People History

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This post is tagged under: disaster management, natural disaster, what is a disaster, disaster recovery, disaster payment, disaster meaning, Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, Hurricane Hugo, September 21, United Nations, International Day of Peace


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