October 20, 2021

2021 (MMXXI in Roman numerals) is a year of the 21st century.



1 January: Portugal takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) enters into force. Cuba unifies its monetary system after 27 years: the double circulation between the Cuban convertible peso and the Cuban peso is interrupted, making the first currency go out of circulation and making the second the only official currency. January 4th: the border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia is reopened following the conclusion of the diplomatic crisis with the Gulf monarchies. A British judge blocks Julian Assange's extradition to the United States of America, while Mexico offers him political asylum. January 6: In Washington D.C., demonstrators in favor of outgoing Republican President Donald Trump manage to raid the Capitol during the certification session of the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. The session was immediately interrupted, the MPs and Vice-President Mike Pence were evacuated and the building was armored; five people die in gunfights or crowds. Hong Kong police arrest 53 anti-government activists under national security law. January 9: A Boeing 737-500 with 62 people on board, departing from Jakarta and bound for the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, crashes into the Java Sea 4 minutes after take-off. All occupants are killed. January 13: the first transplant in the history of both upper limbs takes place in Lyon. January 14: the United States House of Representatives initiates the impeachment process against outgoing President Donald Trump, accused of inciting an insurrection during the assault on the Capitol. Trump is the first US President to have been indicted twice. January 15: A violent earthquake hits the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, killing over 105 people. January 20: Joe Biden is sworn in as 46th President of the United States of America. January 21: a kamikaze attack takes place in Baghdad, 35 people die while 80 are injured. January 24: presidential elections are held in Portugal. January 25: the World Economic Forum begins, for the first time virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. January 28: Large anti-government protests take place in the Lebanese capital Beirut. In clashes with the police, one person dies and another 200 are injured. January 29: in Cuba, between the provinces of Holguín and Guantánamo, a military plane crashes causing 5 deaths.


1 February: A military coup takes place in Burma: State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi is arrested and the President of the Republic is forcibly removed from office; Min Aung Hlaing becomes the leader of the state and Myint Swe the President. The internet is blocked, telephone lines are checked and flights are blocked. Kosovo establishes diplomatic reactions with Israel, recognizing Jerusalem as its capital. February 5: Libya's new transitional President and Prime Minister of Libya are elected in Geneva at the UN headquarters to lead the country to new elections, the result of an agreement between the various factions fighting in the civil war that lays the foundations for reconciliation. February 7: First round of general elections in Ecuador. Parliamentary elections in Liechtenstein. February 13: Former US President Donald Trump is acquitted by the Senate from his second impeachment. February 14: parliamentary elections in Kosovo. February 18: NASA's Perseverance rover, launched on July 30, 2020, successfully lands on Mars. The rover's mission is to search for primal signs of life on the planet and to experiment to prepare for future manned missions. February 19: the Sta

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