August 21st Events

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August 21st, 2007 (August 21 2007)EventHurricane Dean makes its first landfall in Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165 mph. Dean is the first storm since Hurricane Andrew to make landfall as a Category 5.
August 21st, 2001 (August 21 2001)EventNATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
August 21st, 2001 (August 21 2001)EventThe Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
August 21st, 1993 (August 21 1993)EventNASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.
August 21st, 1991 (August 21 1991)EventLatvia declares renewal of its full independence after the occupation of Soviet Union.
August 21st, 1991 (August 21 1991)EventCoup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
August 21st, 1986 (August 21 1986)EventCarbon dioxide gas erupts from volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, killing up to 1,800 people within a 20-kilometer range.
August 21st, 1983 (August 21 1983)EventPhilippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. was assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport).
August 21st, 1976 (August 21 1976)EventOperation Paul Bunyan at Panmunjeom, Korea.
August 21st, 1971 (August 21 1971)EventA bomb exploded in the Liberal Party campaign rally in Plaza Miranda, Manila, Philippines with several anti-Marcos political candidates injured.
August 21st, 1969 (August 21 1969)EventAn Australian, Michael Dennis Rohan, sets the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire
August 21st, 1968 (August 21 1968)EventSoviet 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.
August 21st, 1968 (August 21 1968)EventJames Anderson, Jr. posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine.
August 21st, 1963 (August 21 1963)EventXa 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.
August 21st, 1959 (August 21 1959)EventPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
August 21st, 1944 (August 21 1944)EventDumbarton Oaks Conference, prelude to the United Nations, begins.
August 21st, 1942 (August 21 1942)EventWorld War II: The Battle of Stalingrad began.
August 21st, 1942 (August 21 1942)EventWorld War II: A Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus.
August 21st, 1942 (August 21 1942)EventWorld War II: Allied forces involved in the Guadalcanal campaign defeated an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru.
August 21st, 1911 (August 21 1911)EventThe Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee.
August 21st, 1888 (August 21 1888)EventThe first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
August 21st, 1879 (August 21 1879)EventThe Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist reportedly appear to the people of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.
August 21st, 1878 (August 21 1878)EventThe American Bar Association is founded.
August 21st, 1863 (August 21 1863)EventLawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerillas Quantrill s Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
August 21st, 1862 (August 21 1862)EventThe Vienna Stadtpark opens its gates.
August 21st, 1858 (August 21 1858)EventThe Lincoln-Douglas debates begin.
August 21st, 1856 (August 21 1856)EventAmerica s first consul to Japan, Townsend Harris, arrives in Shimoda. (Traditional Japanese date: July 21, 1856)
August 21st, 1852 (August 21 1852)EventTlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory.
August 21st, 1842 (August 21 1842)EventThe city of Hobart, Tasmania, is founded.
August 21st, 1831 (August 21 1831)EventNat Turner leads black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion.
August 21st, 1821 (August 21 1821)EventJarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the Eliza Frances.
August 21st, 1810 (August 21 1810)EventJean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of France, is elected Crown Prince of Sweden by the Swedish Riksdag of the Estates.
August 21st, 1772 (August 21 1772)EventKing 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.
August 21st, 1770 (August 21 1770)EventJames Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
August 21st, 1760 (August 21 1760)EventThe church (later cathedral) of "Our Lady of Candlemas of Mayaguez (Puerto Rico)" is founded, establishing the basis for the founding of the city.
August 21st, 1689 (August 21 1689)EventThe Battle of Dunkeld in Scotland.
August 21st, 1680 (August 21 1680)EventPueblo Indians capture Santa Fe from Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt.
August 21st, 1192 (August 21 1192)EventMinamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shogun and the de facto ruler of Japan. (Traditional Japanese date: July 12, 1192)

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