About August 21

August 21, 2020 is the 234th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 132 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 175 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 21

  • 1331
    King Stephen Uroš III, after months of anarchy, surrenders to his son and rival Stephen Dušan, who succeeds as King of Serbia.
  • 1680
    Pueblo Indians capture Santa Fe from Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt.
  • 1689
    The Battle of Dunkeld in Scotland.
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: British forces begin besieging the French outpost at Pondicherry.
  • 1852
    Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory.
  • 1888
    The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
  • 1911
    The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee.
  • 1918
    World War I: The Second Battle of the Somme begins.
  • 1942
    World War II: the Guadalcanal campaign: American forces defeat an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru.
  • 1944
    Dumbarton Oaks Conference, prelude to the United Nations, begins.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    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
  • 1961
    Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1983
    Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. is assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport).
  • 1991
    Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
  • 1992
    Ruby Ridge Standoff in Idaho
  • 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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