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21st of August 1192 EVENT Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shogun and the de facto ruler of Japan. (Traditional Japanese date: July 12, 1192)
21st of August 1680 EVENT Pueblo Indians capture Santa Fe from Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt.
21st of August 1689 EVENT The Battle of Dunkeld in Scotland.
21st of August 1760 EVENT The church (later cathedral) of "Our Lady of Candlemas of Mayaguez (Puerto Rico)" is founded, establishing the basis for the founding of the city.
21st of August 1770 EVENT James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
21st of August 1772 EVENT King Gustav III completes his coup d'etat by adopting a new Constitution, ending half a century of parliamentary rule in Sweden and installing himself as an enlightened despot.
21st of August 1808 EVENT Battle of Vimeiro: British and Portuguese forces led by General Arthur Wellesley defeat French force under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot near the village of Vimeiro, Portugal, the first Anglo-Portuguese victory of the Peninsular War.
21st of August 1810 EVENT Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of France, is elected Crown Prince of Sweden by the Swedish Riksdag of the Estates.
21st of August 1821 EVENT Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
21st of August 1831 EVENT Nat Turner leads black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion.
21st of August 1852 EVENT Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory.
21st of August 1863 EVENT Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrill's Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
21st of August 1878 EVENT The American Bar Association is founded.
21st of August 1879 EVENT 1879 - The Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist, reportedly appears to the people of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.
21st of August 1888 EVENT The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
21st of August 1911 EVENT The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee.
21st of August 1918 EVENT World War I: The Second Battle of the Somme begins.
21st of August 1928 EVENT WRNY began regularly scheduled television broadcasts in New York City.
21st of August 1942 EVENT World War II: the Guadalcanal campaign: American forces defeat an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru.
21st of August 1942 EVENT World War II: a Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus.
21st of August 1944 EVENT Dumbarton Oaks Conference, prelude to the United Nations, begins.
21st of August 1945 EVENT Physicist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
21st of August 1959 EVENT President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii's admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day
21st of August 1963 EVENT Xa Loi Pagoda raids: the Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngo Dinh Nhu, brother of President Ngo Dinh Diem, vandalises Buddhist pagodas across the country, arresting thousands and leaving an estimated hundreds dead.
21st of August 1968 EVENT James Anderson, Jr. posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine.
21st of August 1968 EVENT Soviet Union-dominated Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring; on the same day, Nicolae Ceausescu, leader of Communist Romania, publicly condemns the Soviet maneuver, encouraging the Romanian population to arm itself against possible Soviet reprisals.
21st of August 1969 EVENT An Australian, Michael Dennis Rohan, sets the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire
21st of August 1971 EVENT A bomb exploded in the Liberal Party campaign rally in Plaza Miranda, Manila, Philippines with several anti-Marcos political candidates injured.
21st of August 1976 EVENT Operation Paul Bunyan at Panmunjeom, Korea.
21st of August 1983 EVENT Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. is assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport).
21st of August 1986 EVENT Carbon dioxide gas erupts from volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, killing up to 1,800 people within a 20-kilometer range.
21st of August 1991 EVENT Latvia declares renewal of its full independence after the occupation of Soviet Union.
21st of August 1991 EVENT Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
21st of August 1992 EVENT Ruby Ridge Standoff in Idaho
21st of August 1993 EVENT NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.
21st of August 2001 EVENT The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
21st of August 2001 EVENT NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
21st of August 2007 EVENT Hurricane Dean makes its first landfall in Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165 mph (266 km/h). Dean is the first storm since Hurricane Andrew to make landfall as a Category 5.
21st of August 1165 BIRTHDAY King Philip II of France (d. 1223)
21st of August 1535 BIRTHDAY Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1619)
21st of August 1567 BIRTHDAY Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva and saint (d. 1622)
21st of August 1597 BIRTHDAY Roger Twysden, English antiquarian and royalist (d. 1672)
21st of August 1643 BIRTHDAY King Afonso VI of Portugal (d. 1683)
21st of August 1660 BIRTHDAY Hubert Gautier, French scientist and civil engineer (d. 1737)
21st of August 1665 BIRTHDAY Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer (d. 1729)
21st of August 1670 BIRTHDAY James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick, French military leader (d. 1734)
21st of August 1725 BIRTHDAY Jean-Baptiste Greuze, French painter (d. 1805)
21st of August 1754 BIRTHDAY William Murdoch, Scottish inventor (d. 1839)
21st of August 1754 BIRTHDAY Banastre Tarleton, British soldier and politician (d. 1833)
21st of August 1765 BIRTHDAY William IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1837)
21st of August 1789 BIRTHDAY Augustin Louis Cauchy, French mathematician (d. 1857)
21st of August 1798 BIRTHDAY Jules Michelet, French historian (d. 1874)
21st of August 1800 BIRTHDAY Hiram Walden, American politician (d. 1880)
21st of August 1801 BIRTHDAY Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, Dutch politician (d. 1876)
21st of August 1813 BIRTHDAY Jean Stas, Belgian chemist (d. 1891)
21st of August 1816 BIRTHDAY Charles Frederic Gerhardt, French chemist (d. 1856)
21st of August 1826 BIRTHDAY Karl Gegenbaur, German anatomist (d. 1903)
21st of August 1858 BIRTHDAY Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria (d. 1889)
21st of August 1869 BIRTHDAY William Henry Ogilvie, Scottish/Australian poet (d. 1963)
21st of August 1872 BIRTHDAY Aubrey Beardsley, English illustrator (d. 1898)
21st of August 1878 BIRTHDAY Richard Girulatis, German football manager (d. 1963)
21st of August 1891 BIRTHDAY Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007 (d. 2007)
21st of August 1892 BIRTHDAY Charles Vanel, French actor and director (d. 1989)
21st of August 1902 BIRTHDAY Angel Karaliychev, Bulgarian writer (d. 1972)
21st of August 1904 BIRTHDAY William "Count" Basie, American bandleader (d. 1984)
21st of August 1906 BIRTHDAY Friz Freleng, American movie animator (d. 1995)
21st of August 1908 BIRTHDAY M. M. Kaye, British writer (d. 2004)
21st of August 1909 BIRTHDAY Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician (d. 1992)
21st of August 1912 BIRTHDAY Toe Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1995)
21st of August 1915 BIRTHDAY Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (d. 1998)
21st of August 1918 BIRTHDAY Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
21st of August 1920 BIRTHDAY Christopher Robin Milne, inspiration for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories (d. 1996)
21st of August 1924 BIRTHDAY Jack Buck, American sports announcer (d. 2002)
21st of August 1924 BIRTHDAY Chris Schenkel, American sports journalist (d. 2005)
21st of August 1924 BIRTHDAY Jack Weston, American actor (d. 1996)
21st of August 1925 BIRTHDAY Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (d. 2003)
21st of August 1925 BIRTHDAY Judy Grable, American professional wrestler (d. 2008)
21st of August 1927 BIRTHDAY Thomas S. Monson, 16th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)
21st of August 1928 BIRTHDAY Bud McFadin, American football player (d. 2006)
21st of August 1928 BIRTHDAY Art Farmer, American trumpet player (d. 1999)
21st of August 1929 BIRTHDAY X. J. Kennedy, American poet
21st of August 1929 BIRTHDAY Marie Severin, American comic book artist and colorist
21st of August 1930 BIRTHDAY Frank Perry, American film director (d. 1995)
21st of August 1930 BIRTHDAY Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (d. 2002)
21st of August 1932 BIRTHDAY Melvin Van Peebles, American actor and screenwriter
21st of August 1933 BIRTHDAY Michael Dacher, German mountaineer (d. 1994)
21st of August 1933 BIRTHDAY Janet Baker, English mezzo-soprano
21st of August 1934 BIRTHDAY Sudhakarrao Naik, Indian politician( d. 2001)
21st of August 1934 BIRTHDAY Paul Panhuysen, Dutch composer, visual and sound artist
21st of August 1936 BIRTHDAY Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player (d. 1999)
21st of August 1936 BIRTHDAY Radish Tordia, painter of Figurative Art from Georgia
21st of August 1937 BIRTHDAY Robert Stone, American novelist
21st of August 1937 BIRTHDAY Gustavo Noboa, former President of Ecuador
21st of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Kenny Rogers, American singer and actor
21st of August 1939 BIRTHDAY Clarence Williams III, American actor
21st of August 1939 BIRTHDAY James Burton, American guitarist
21st of August 1939 BIRTHDAY Festus Mogae, president of Botswana
21st of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor
21st of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Jackie DeShannon, American singer
21st of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Peter Weir, Australian film director
21st of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Perry Christie, former prime minister of the Bahamas
21st of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Jerry DaVanon, baseball player
21st of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (d. 2006)
21st of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Patty McCormack, American actress
21st of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Loretta Devine, American actress
21st of August 1950 BIRTHDAY Patrick Juvet, Swiss singer
21st of August 1950 BIRTHDAY Arthur Bremer, American criminal, who shot George C Wallace in May 1972.
21st of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Eric Goles, Chilean mathematician and computer scientist
21st of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Harry Smith, American television journalist
21st of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Char Margolis, American medium
21st of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Margo Kane, Canadian playwright.
21st of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Glenn Hughes, British bassist and vocalist (Finders Keepers/Trapeze/Deep Purple)
21st of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Keith Hart, Canadian professional wrestler
21st of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Joe Strummer, British musician and singer (The Clash) (d. 2002)
21st of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Jiri Paroubek, former Czech prime minister
21st of August 1953 BIRTHDAY Ivan Stang, American writer
21st of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Archie Griffin, former American football player and only two-time Heisman Trophy winner.
21st of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Chip Coffey, American psychic, medium and television personality.
21st of August 1956 BIRTHDAY Kim Cattrall, English-born actress
21st of August 1956 BIRTHDAY John Tester, US Senator from Montana
21st of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Jim McMahon, American football player
21st of August 1961 BIRTHDAY David Morales, American disc jockey
21st of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist
21st of August 1961 BIRTHDAY V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer
21st of August 1962 BIRTHDAY John Korfas, Greek basketball player
21st of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Jeff Stryker, American actor
21st of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Richmond Arquette, American actor
21st of August 1963 BIRTHDAY King Mohammed VI of Morocco
21st of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Trinity Loren, American actress and model (d. 1998)
21st of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Jim Bullinger, American baseball player
21st of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Caryn Mower, American actress, stuntwoman and former professional wrestler
21st of August 1966 BIRTHDAY John Wetteland, Major League Baseball player
21st of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Serj Tankian, Armenian-born singer (System of a Down)
21st of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Carrie-Anne Moss, Canadian actress
21st of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Darren Bewick, AFL footballer
21st of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Josee Chouinard, Canadian figure skater
21st of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Nathan Jones, American professional wrestler
21st of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Erik Dekker, Dutch cyclist
21st of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Liam Howlett, British musician (The Prodigy)
21st of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Mamadou Diallo, Senegalese Soccer player
21st of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Robert Harvey, Australian Rules Footballer (St Kilda Football Club)
21st of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Steve McKenna, Canadian ice hockey player
21st of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Nikolay Valuev, Russian boxer
21st of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Sergey Brin, Co-founder of Google
21st of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Simon Katich, Australian cricketer
21st of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Alicia Witt, American actress
21st of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Alex Brooks, American ice hockey player
21st of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Jeff Cunningham, Jamaican American soccer player
21st of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Ramon Vazquez, Puerto Rican baseball player
21st of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Nikos Vertis, Greek singer
21st of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Annie Wu, Taiwanese Actress
21st of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Peter Buxton, English rugby union player
21st of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Bhumika Chawla, Indian Actress
21st of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Reuben Droughns, American football player
21st of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Lee Gronkiewicz, American baseball player
21st of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Jason Marquis, American baseball player
21st of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Alan Lee, Irish footballer
21st of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Kelis Rogers-Jones, American singer
21st of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Paul Menard, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver
21st of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Burney Lamar, American race car driver
21st of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Jarrod Lyle, Australian Golfer
21st of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Collie Buddz, (Colin Harper) Reggae & Dancehall artist
21st of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Jason Eaton, New Zealand All Black rugby player
21st of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Josh Harrington, American professional BMX rider
21st of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Chantelle Houghton, British TV personality
21st of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Brody Jenner, American actor
21st of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Scott McDonald, Australian footballer (Celtic F.C.)
21st of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Alizee Jacotey, French singer
21st of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Neil Dexter, South African cricketer
21st of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Melissa Schuman, American actress
21st of August 1984 BIRTHDAY B.J. Upton, American baseball player
21st of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Melissa M, French singer
21st of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Kevin Nee, American strongman
21st of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter
21st of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Wout Brama, Dutch international footballer (FC Twente)
21st of August 1987 BIRTHDAY Kim Kibum, a member of Korean boy band Super junior. actor and singer
21st of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Louise Setara, English singer-songwriter
21st of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Paris Bennett, American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5)
21st of August 1989 BIRTHDAY Hayden Panettiere, American actress, model and singer
21st of August 1989 BIRTHDAY Judd Trump, English snooker player
21st of August 1990 BIRTHDAY Cameron Argon, American electronic and death metal musician
21st of August 1990 BIRTHDAY Fabian Heimpel, German rugby player
21st of August 1990 BIRTHDAY Bo Burnham, American comedic singer-songwriter and Internet Celebrity
21st of August 1992 BIRTHDAY Brad Kavanagh, English songwriter and actor
21st of August 1996 BIRTHDAY Jamia Simone Nash, American singer and actress
21st of August 1153 DEATH Bernard of Clairvaux, French theologian (Born 1090)
21st of August 1157 DEATH King Alfonso VII of Castile (Born 1104/1105)
21st of August 1271 DEATH Alphonse of Toulouse, son of Louis VIII of France (Born 1220)
21st of August 1581 DEATH Sakuma Nobumori, Japanese retainer and samurai (Born 1527)
21st of August 1614 DEATH Elizabeth Bathory, Hungarian noble and alleged serial killer (Born 1560)
21st of August 1627 DEATH Jacques Mauduit, French composer (Born 1557)
21st of August 1673 DEATH Henry Grey, 1st Earl of Stamford, English soldier
21st of August 1689 DEATH William Cleland, Scottish poet and soldier
21st of August 1762 DEATH Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer (Born 1689)
21st of August 1763 DEATH Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, British statesman (Born 1710)
21st of August 1796 DEATH John McKinly, American physician and President of Delaware (Born 1721)
21st of August 1814 DEATH Benjamin Thompson, American physicist and inventor (Born 1753)
21st of August 1836 DEATH Claude-Louis Navier, French physicist (Born 1785)
21st of August 1838 DEATH Adelbert von Chamisso, German writer (Born 1781)
21st of August 1854 DEATH Thomas Clayton, American lawyer and politician (Born 1777)
21st of August 1870 DEATH Ma Xinyi, Chinese Viceroy of Liangjiang and statesman (Born 1821)
21st of August 1926 DEATH Ugyen Wangchuck, first king of Bhutan (Born1862)
21st of August 1935 DEATH John Hartley, English tennis player (Born 1849)
21st of August 1940 DEATH Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary (Born 1879)
21st of August 1940 DEATH Ernest Lawrence Thayer, American poet (Born 1863)
21st of August 1940 DEATH Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist (Born 1882)
21st of August 1943 DEATH Henrik Pontoppidan, Danish writer, Nobel Prize (Born 1857)
21st of August 1947 DEATH Ettore Bugatti, Italian automobile manufacturer (Born 1881)
21st of August 1951 DEATH Constant Lambert, British composer and conductor (Born 1905)
21st of August 1957 DEATH Nels Stewart, Canadian ice hockey player (Born 1902)
21st of August 1957 DEATH Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, Norwegian meteorologist and oceanographer (Born 1888)
21st of August 1960 DEATH David Barnard Steinman, American civil engineer and bridge designer (Born 1886)
21st of August 1964 DEATH Palmiro Togliatti, Italian communist leader (Born 1893)
21st of August 1971 DEATH George Jackson, American Black Panther Party figure (Born 1941)
21st of August 1974 DEATH Buford Pusser, American law enforcement official (Born 1937)
21st of August 1978 DEATH Charles Eames, American designer and architect (Born 1907)
21st of August 1979 DEATH Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer (Born 1910)
21st of August 1981 DEATH Michael Devine, 1981 Irish hunger strike figure (Born 1954)
21st of August 1982 DEATH Sobhuza II, King of Swaziland (Born 1899)
21st of August 1983 DEATH Benigno Aquino, Jr., Philippine opposition leader (Born 1932)
21st of August 1988 DEATH Ray Eames, American designer, artist and architect (Born 1912)
21st of August 1988 DEATH Teddy Diaz, Filipino rock guitarist (The Dawn) (Born 1963)
21st of August 1989 DEATH Raul Seixas, Brazilian singer (Born 1945)
21st of August 1992 DEATH Dai Vernon, Canadian magician (Born 1894)
21st of August 1995 DEATH Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Indian-born astrophysicist, Nobel laureate (Born 1910)
21st of August 1997 DEATH Yuri Nikulin, Russian clown and actor (Born 1921)
21st of August 2000 DEATH Andrzej Zawada, Polish mountaineer (Born 1928)
21st of August 2000 DEATH Daniel Lisulo, Prime Minister of Zambia (Born 1930)
21st of August 2000 DEATH Tomata du Plenty, artist and lead singer of The Screamers. (Born 1948)
21st of August 2001 DEATH Calum MacKay, Canadian ice hockey player (Born 1927)
21st of August 2003 DEATH Wesley Willis, American musician (Born 1963)
21st of August 2003 DEATH Kathy Wilkes, English philosopher and aid worker (Born 1946)
21st of August 2005 DEATH Marcus Schmuck, Austrian mountaineer (Born 1925)
21st of August 2005 DEATH Robert Moog, American inventor (Born 1934)
21st of August 2005 DEATH Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (Born 1936)
21st of August 2005 DEATH Martin Dillon, American opera singer (Born 1957)
21st of August 2006 DEATH Ustad Bismillah Khan, Indian musician (Born 1916)
21st of August 2006 DEATH S. Yizhar (aka Yizhar Smilansky), Israeli author (Born 1916)
21st of August 2006 DEATH Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Dutch businessman and philanthropist (Born 1941)
21st of August 2007 DEATH Elizabeth P. Hoisington, American Brigadier General (Born 1918)
21st of August 2007 DEATH Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (Born 1960)
21st of August 2007 DEATH Haley Paige, American pornographic actress (Born 1981)
21st of August 2008 DEATH Jerry Finn, American record producer (Born 1969)
21st of August 2009 DEATH Rex Shelley, Singaporean author (Born 1930)
21st of August 2009 DEATH Dean Turner, Australian musician (Born 1972)
21st of August 2010 DEATH Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill, Argentinean writer (Born 1941)
21st of August 2010 DEATH Nancy Dolman, Canadian actress and comedienne (Born 1950)

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