About August 21

August 21, 2022 is the 233rd day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 132 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 154 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1808
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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: a Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 1979
    Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.
  • 1992
    Ruby Ridge Standoff in Idaho
  • 2001
    The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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