As you may be aware, today's date, January 21st, 2021, is pretty spectacular - and, not only is it a special one, but the last of it's kind for a very long time.
Here's the full story...
Now, January has already been a whirlwind of a month.
So much has happened, and we're not even a quarter of the way into 2021.
We all woke up on January 1st with some admittedly sore heads...
But also with high hopes that this month would signal the definitive end of the abysmal events of 2020.
Of course, that was never going to be the case...
As the clock struck midnight, the world continued spinning on its axis so, therefore, the world carried on as normal - despite the change of calendar.
However, that didn't deter our hopes.
A new year always signals a new start so, of course, there is plenty to be hopeful about for the upcoming year.
1. A fresh start for the United States.
Yesterday, we watched on as President Joe Biden was sworn into office - this was a huge moment for many Americans, and signalled a new era for our country.
2. Waves within the climate change movement.
The EU has put a seal on plans to reduce carbon emissions and pour billions into clean energy alternatives. China, the world's biggest polluter, has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2060. Japan, South Korea, and Canada have all made similar promises for fossil fuel reduction.
Oh, and just yesterday, President Biden signed an order to reenter the U.S into the Paris Agreement. Yay!
3. The birth of 6G.
Japan and Korea are already hard at work on 6G capabilities - this next generation will help improve things like teleworking and distance learning, as well as more futuristic pursuits like holograms as well as virtual and augmented reality.
Okay, this won't be good news for all the 5G conspiracy theorists out there...
4. The rise of drone delivery.
As the pandemic wages on, Walmart, Amazon, UPS, and other companies are stepping up their drone game, so don't be surprised if packages start literally falling from the sky at your doorstep very soon.
Amazon's drone delivery service, Prime Air, also got the go-ahead from the FAA earlier in 2020.
5. Millions of COVID-19 vaccines will be rolled out this year.
This one should be music to all of our ears.
2020 was a tough year for all of us but, with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines being churned out across the globe, we can remain hopeful that, in 2021, life will start to regain some normality.
Experts say we may not see some semblance of "normal" until the back half of the year, but, oh, it will be worth the wait.
6. Face masks may no longer be necessary.
Given the high rate of people getting vaccinated against COVID-19, there's likely to be a lot of the virus in circulation over the coming months. But, once we reach herd immunity, when between fifty percent and seventy percent of the population is vaccinated, experts say that masks will no longer be recommended.
7. Travel could very well be back on the cards.
With the initial success of the vaccine, many are optimistic that vacations could be making a much-needed comeback at some point this year.
8. Disney World will be turning fifty this year.
Speaking of milestones, October 1st 2021 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Walt Disney World. The park will also be unveiling lots of new things to do, including a Ratatouille attraction, a Guardians of the Galaxy ride, and a Tron ride.
See, this year won't be all doom and gloom.
8. The 2021 "Blood Moon."
The next total lunar eclipse is scheduled for May 26th, 2021, over the skies of Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and the western U.S.
If the weather allows, the moon will turn a deep orange and stay that way for about fifteen minutes - it will be a beautiful sight, and it can't come soon enough!
9. The summer Olympics in Tokyo will finally take place.
The Summer Olympics in Tokyo is now scheduled to run from July 23rd to August 8th, a year after it was initially supposed to take place.
Better late than never, right?
10. Mars landing.
On February 18th, a small spacecraft will streak across the skies of Mars, where it will deploy a parachute, slow to two-hundred miles per hour, and then disgorge a smaller, box-like device, which will continue the journey downward on 8 retro-rockets.
Remarkably, you will be able to watch it all live on NASA's YouTube channel.
11. Plastic is on it's way out.
This year, the European Union's ban on single-use plastic items is set to go into effect.
The idea is to halt the use of a lot of the throw-away goods that have a way of ultimately winding up in the world's oceans, among them: disposable plastic cutlery, plates, straws, polystyrene cups, food containers, and cotton swabs made with plastic.
12. Broadway is coming back.
At some point in the second half of 2021, the show will (hopefully) go on.
Rumor has it that Hamilton may kick off the return on July 4th. Also on the bill: the world premiere of MJ the Musical and revivals of The Music Man and Caroline, or Change.
13. A big year for the movies.
Among the biggest releases: Dune, an adaptation of the sci-fi classic, Steven Spielberg's West Side Story; and The Matrix 4, the first new release in the franchise in seventeen years.
Plus, for action fans, in April, there's the 9th installment of Fast and Furious and No Time to Die, the twenty-fifth Bond film, with Daniel Craig starring, presumably for the last time as 007 (not so good news, I know).
14. A Friends reunion will finally be happening.
Could we be any more excited?
The Friends reunion special, originally scheduled to air last May, will finally tape this March, according to a November tweet by actor, Matthew Perry.
15. Eurovision will be back.
Yep, the most chaotic music contest to ever exist - and the birthplace of ABBA - will be going ahead at some point this year after being cancelled last year, organizers have confirmed.
16. A whole host of spectacular music is set to be released this year, too.
A number of tours are due to resume next year, including Shawn Colvin, Chris Stapleton, Queen, featuring Adam Lambert on vocals, and Justin Bieber.
17. Recreational marijuana is set to be legalized in more states across the U.S.
Montana, New Jersey, Arizona, and South Dakota will thereby join their brothers and sisters in Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington in the move to legalize the drug.
18. Thanksgiving 2021.
Family gatherings will be allowed by then, surely!
19. Tom Cruise will perform his biggest stunt yet.
The daring actor is known for performing his own stunts but, this year, he is set to actually go up into space to film a movie aboard the International Space Station.
20. A milestone birthday for Queen Elizabeth.
The Queen of England is set to turn ninety-five in April, which is always a cause for celebration - and a traditional English street party, of course.
But, if you're feeling impatient?
Well, there's something you can enjoy today, instead.
Today is the twenty-first day of the twenty-first year of the twenty-first century.
Today, we are witness to 21st day of 21st year of 21st century.— Nickgle Chong (@Nickgle Chong)1611229134.0
Okay, it isn't as exciting as the prospect of mask-free shopping or the return of Eurovision, but still.
However, this exciting date comes with a bit of division as there is some dispute as to whether the new millennium began on January 1st, 2000, or January 1st, 2001.
woah, today is actually the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century 😳— Myrtle (@Myrtle)1611234032.0
Very complicated, I know.
But, if you believe it began in 2000 then I'm afraid you're not allowed to join in with today's festivities, as this would be the twenty-second year.
And to make this date even more exciting?
Guys, today is the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century. This won't happen again until January 22 2122. https://t.co/rYwmksBBM3— Real Captain™ (@Real Captain™)1611219511.0
Well, this type of date won't happen again until January 22nd, 2122.
So, let's try and enjoy it!