Wednesday August 21, 2024
A date scroll with Latin text from “The Extremes of Good and Evil” by Cicero, written in 45 BC.

August 21: Day of the Week

August 21, 2024 is the 234th day of the year 2024 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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.

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

August 2024

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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.

August 21 Historical Event(s)

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.
Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of France, is elected Crown Prince of Sweden by the Swedish Riksdag of the Estates.
Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrill’s Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
World War II: the Guadalcanal campaign: American forces defeat an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru.
Physicist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
A bomb exploded in the Liberal Party campaign rally in Plaza Miranda, Manila, Philippines with several anti-Marcos political candidates injured.
Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
Latvia declares renewal of its full independence after the occupation of Soviet Union.
NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.
The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Who were born on August 21?

Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer (d. 1729)
William IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1837)
Jean Stas, Belgian chemist (d. 1891)
Richard Girulatis, German football manager (d. 1963)
Kenny Rogers, American singer and actor
Sándor Erdős, Hungarian fencer
Caryn Mower, American actress, stuntwoman and former professional wrestler
Jarrod Lyle, Australian Golfer
Jason Eaton, New Zealand All Black rugby player
Aleksandra Kiryashova, Russian pole vaulter

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