April 21

This Day in History

1997

First Space Funeral

On this day in 1997, the world's first space funeral took place when a rocket ship blasted into space carrying the ashes of 1960s icon Timothy Leary, the creator of Star Trek Gene Roddenberry, … (more...)

1526

First Battle of Panipat

On this day in 1526, Turkic-Mongol Muslim conqueror Babur routed the Lodi dynasty in North India in the First Battle of Panipat, marking the beginning of the Mughal Empire. It was one of the first … (more...)

753 B.C.

Rome founded

According to legend, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother Remus found Rome on the site where the twins were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. They soon became involved in a … (more...)