21 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Philip II Augustus (France), 1165
  • Saint Francis de Sales, 1567
  • King William IV, 1765
  • Aubrey Beardsley, 1872
  • 'Count Basie', 1904
  • Friz Freleng, 1906
  • Princess Margaret, 1930
  • Melvin Van Peebles, 1932
  • Wilt Chamberlain, 1936
  • Kenny Rogers, 1938
  • Jackie DeShannon, 1944
  • Patty McCormick, 1945
  • Kim Cattrall, 1956
  • Steve Case, 1958
  • Jim McMahon, 1959

Died On This Day:

  • Leon Trotsky succumbs to assassination, 1940
  • Jacob Epstein, 1959
  • Charles Eames, 1978
  • Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino murdered, 1983
  • Robert A. Moog, 2005

Today's Events:

  • 1821 - Saturday Evening Post first published.
  • 1831 - Black slave-prophet Nat Turner launches rebellion in VA leaving 50 Whites and 120 Blacks dead.
  • 1841 - John Hampson of New Orleans patents the venetian blind.
  • 1856 - The Charter Oak in Hartford , where Connecticut colonial charter hidden in 1687, falls to ground.
  • 1858 - Lincoln Douglas debates begin in Illinois.
  • 1858 - Sam Browne of the 2nd Punjab Cavalry invents the belt that would bear his name.
  • 1878 - American Bar Association organized in Saratoga, NY.
  • 1888 - William Seward Burroughs of St. Louis, MO. patents his version of the adding machine.
  • 1903 - Model F. Packard arrives in N.Y. after 52 days on road from S.F.
  • 1912 - Boy Scouts of America name first Eagle Scout-Arthur Rose Eldred of Oceanside LI, NY.
  • 1950 - Althea Gibson admitted to U.S. Lawn Tennis Assn.; will become first Black to compete.
  • 1959 - Hawaii becomes 50th state admitted to Union.
  • 1968 - Soviet troops and tanks continue their push into Czechoslovakia.
  • 1991 - Coup in Soviet Union fails; Gorbachev freed and returned to power in Moscow.
  • 1996 - The new Globe Theatre opens in London the inspiration of the late American actor Sam Wanamaker.
  • 2013 - Government of Syria attacks civilians with chemical weapons; 1,400+ dead including 400 children.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Jane Frances de Chantal
  • Abraham of Smolensk
  • Sidonius Apollinaris

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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