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Wednesday August 21, 2019

August 21: Day of the Week

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

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

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

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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.
  • 1810
    Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of France, is elected Crown Prince of Sweden by the Swedish Riksdag of the Estates.
  • 1852
    Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory.
  • 1863
    Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrill’s Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
  • 1959
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii’s admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day
  • 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.
  • 1968
    Soviet Union-dominated Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring; on the same day, Nicolae Ceauşescu, leader of Communist Romania, publicly condemns the Soviet maneuver, encouraging the Romanian population to arm itself against possible Soviet reprisals.
  • 1979
    Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.
  • 2001
    NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Who were born on August 21?

  • 1597
    Roger Twysden, English antiquarian and royalist (d. 1672)
  • 1665
    Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer (d. 1729)
  • 1813
    Jean Stas, Belgian chemist (d. 1891)
  • 1929
    X. J. Kennedy, American poet
  • 1950
    Arthur Bremer, American criminal, who shot George C Wallace in May 1972.
  • 1961
    David Morales, American disc jockey
  • 1961
    V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer
  • 1969
    Josée Chouinard, Canadian figure skater
  • 1978
    Alan Lee, Irish footballer
  • 1981
    Jarrod Lyle, Australian Golfer

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