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Friday August 21, 2020

August 21: Day of the Week

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

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.

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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

August 2020
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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)
  • 1689
    The Battle of Dunkeld in Scotland.
  • 1821
    Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1979
    Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.
  • 1992
    Ruby Ridge Standoff in Idaho

Who were born on August 21?

  • 1535
    Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1619)
  • 1816
    Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, French chemist (d. 1856)
  • 1891
    Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World’s oldest living man 2004-2007 (d. 2007)
  • 1912
    Hector “Toe” Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1995)
  • 1925
    Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (d. 2003)
  • 1940
    Endre Szemerédi, Hungarian mathematician
  • 1962
    Tsutomu Miyazaki Japanese Serial killer (d. 2008)
  • 1970
    Craig Counsell, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Jeff Cunningham, Jamaican American soccer player
  • 1976
    Ramón Vázquez, Puerto Rican baseball player

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