Berlin (dpa) - The current calendar for September 21, 2019:
38th calendar week
264th day of the year
101 days left until the end of the year
Star sign: Virgo Name day: Matthew
2014 - Afghan Electoral Commission declares former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani successor to President Hamid Karzai.
1999 - A magnitude 7.6 earthquake devastates the Taiwanese Nantou region in the center of the island. At least 2,400 people die.
1984 - The Islamic Sultanate of Brunei is admitted as a 159th member of the United Nations.
1979 - The Central African Emperor Bokassa I is overthrown during a Libyan stay with the help of France. Ex-president David Dacko becomes head of state again and proclaims the republic.
1964 - Malta becomes independent from Great Britain.
1949 - A new press law enters into force in the Federal Republic of Germany. The publication of press products is no longer subject to the special permission and censorship of the Allies.
1937 - The book "The Little Hobbit" by JRR Tolkien is published in Great Britain.
1869 - A fire destroys the Dresden Semperoper. The architect Gottfried Semper had built the Royal Court Theater from 1838 to 1841.
1899 - The sports club Stuttgarter Kickers is founded in Cannstatt.
1989 - Jason Derulo (30), American singer («Colors»)
1954 - Shinzo Abe (65), Japanese politician, Prime Minister 2006-2007 and since 2012
1947 - Stephen King (72), American writer ("Cemetery of cuddly animals")
1944 - Roland Mader (75), German sports official, President of the German Volleyball Federation 1979-90
1934 - Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer-songwriter («Suzanne») and writer («Favorite Game»), d. 2016
2014 - Paul Tiedemann, German handball player and coach, Olympic champion 1980 as coach of the GDR national team, born. 1935
1964 - Otto Grotewohl, German politician, Prime Minister of the GDR 1949-1964, born. 1894