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Wednesday August 21, 2019

August 21: Day of the Week

August 21, 2019 is the 233rd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 132 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Leo is the zodiac 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.

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August 21 Historical Event(s)

  • 1192
    Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the de facto ruler of Japan. (Traditional Japanese date: July 12, 1192)
  • 1680
    Pueblo Indians capture Santa Fe from Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt.
  • 1863
    Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrill’s Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
  • 1942
    World War II: a Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1983
    Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. is assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport).
  • 1993
    NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.

Who were born on August 21?

  • 1597
    Roger Twysden, English antiquarian and royalist (d. 1672)
  • 1816
    Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, French chemist (d. 1856)
  • 1872
    Aubrey Beardsley, English illustrator (d. 1898)
  • 1891
    Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World’s oldest living man 2004-2007 (d. 2007)
  • 1906
    Friz Freleng, American movie animator (d. 1995)
  • 1945
    Patty McCormack, American actress
  • 1947
    Sándor Erdős, Hungarian fencer
  • 1961
    Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist
  • 1973
    Nikolay Valuev, Russian boxer
  • 1980
    Burney Lamar, American race car driver

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