August 21: Day of the Week
August 21, 2018 was the 233rd day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 132 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is martes.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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)
- 1689The Battle of Dunkeld in Scotland.
- 1770James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
- 1772King 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.
- 1821Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
- 1863Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrill’s Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
- 1888The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
- 1911The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee.
- 1942World War II: the Guadalcanal campaign: American forces defeat an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru.
- 1991Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
- 1991Latvia declares renewal of its full independence after the occupation of Soviet Union.
Who were born on August 21?
- 1892Charles Vanel, French actor and director (d. 1989)
- 1912Hector “Toe” Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1995)
- 1933Janet Baker, English mezzo-soprano
- 1944Peter Weir, Australian film director
- 1951Eric Goles, Chilean mathematician and computer scientist
- 1954Chip Coffey, American psychic, medium and television personality.
- 1967Carrie-Anne Moss, Canadian actress
- 1976Alex Brooks, American ice hockey player
- 1983Josh Harrington, American professional BMX rider
- 1984B.J. Upton, American baseball player
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