Biggest records of 2021: From the hottest month to biggest airlift

From sizzling temperatures to biggest airlift, here are some of the most significant records reached in 2021

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Suez Canal blocked, March 2021

The 400-metre-long container vessel, MV Ever Given, blocked Egypt’s Suez Canal, bringing a halt to shipping for six days in one of the world's busiest waterways. The ship caused a record traffic jam of 422 ships loaded with 26 million tones goods.

It caused a record traffic jam of 422 ships loaded with 26 million tonnes goods.


Hottest Month, July 2021

Since 1880, the month of July 2021 was the hottest on Earth. US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its report has said that the global land-only surface temperature for July was 1.40 degrees Celsius above the 20th-century average, making it the highest July land-only surface temperature on record. The previous record was held by Julys in 2017 and 2020.

July temperature was 1.40 degrees Celsius above 20th-century average.

Biggest airlift, August 2021

In August this year, the United States carried out its biggest airlift in the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, bigger even than the evacuation of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. It airlifted more than 123,000 people out of Kabul, including US citizens and others who supported the US mission. Some 55,000 people were evacuated from southern Vietnam in 1975.

Airlifted more than 123,000 people out of Kabul.

Bitcoin soars, November

Cryptocurrency Bitcoin soared to an all-time-high to USD65778 on November 9. Other cryptocurrencies have also risen to record highs, such as Ethereum, which soared to USD 4,837. Bitcoin soared to an all-time-high to USD 65778.

The value of Bitcoin makes up around 45 percent of total crypto market cap.

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