About August 21

August 21, 2024 is the 234th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 132 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Leo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 161 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 21

  • 1192
    Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the de facto ruler of Japan. (Traditional Japanese date: July 12, 1192)
  • 1821
    Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
  • 1831
    Nat Turner leads black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion.
  • 1852
    Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory.
  • 1879
    The Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist, reportedly appears at Knock Shrine in Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.
  • 1911
    The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee.
  • 1944
    World War II: Canadian and Polish units capture the strategically important town of Falaise, France.
  • 1945
    Physicist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
  • 1963
    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.
  • 1968
    James Anderson, Jr. posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine.
  • 1968
    Soviet Union-dominated Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring; on the same day, Nicolae Ceauşescu, leader of Communist Romania, publicly condemns the Soviet maneuver, encouraging the Romanian population to arm itself against possible Soviet reprisals.
  • 1969
    An Australian, Michael Dennis Rohan, sets the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire, a major catalyst of the formation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
  • 1976
    Operation Paul Bunyan at Panmunjeom, Korea.
  • 1979
    Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.
  • 1982
    Lebanese Civil War: The first troops of a multinational force lands in Beirut to oversee the Palestine Liberation Organization’s withdrawal from Lebanon.
  • 1983
    Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. is assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport).
  • 1992
    Ruby Ridge Standoff in Idaho
  • 1993
    NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.
  • 2001
    NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • 2007
    Hurricane 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.

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