About August 21

August 21, 2021 is the 233rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 132 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 164 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)
  • 1770
    James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
  • 1772
    King Gustav III completes his coup d'état by adopting a new Constitution, ending half a century of parliamentary rule in Sweden and installing himself as an enlightened despot.
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: British forces begin besieging the French outpost at Pondicherry.
  • 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.
  • 1863
    Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrill’s Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
  • 1888
    The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
  • 1918
    World War I: The Second Battle of the Somme begins.
  • 1942
    World War II: a Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus.
  • 1942
    World War II: the Guadalcanal campaign: American forces defeat an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru.
  • 1968
    James Anderson, Jr. posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    A bomb exploded in the Liberal Party campaign rally in Plaza Miranda, Manila, Philippines with several anti-Marcos political candidates injured.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
  • 1992
    Ruby Ridge Standoff in Idaho
  • 2001
    NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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