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.
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)
- 1192Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the de facto ruler of Japan. (Traditional Japanese date: July 12, 1192)
- 1689The Battle of Dunkeld in Scotland.
- 1821Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
- 1911The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee.
- 1918World War I: The Second Battle of the Somme begins.
- 1942World War II: a Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus.
- 1961Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes.
- 1963Xa 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.
- 1979Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.
- 1992Ruby Ridge Standoff in Idaho
Who were born on August 21?
- 1535Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1619)
- 1816Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, French chemist (d. 1856)
- 1891Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World’s oldest living man 2004-2007 (d. 2007)
- 1912Hector “Toe” Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1995)
- 1925Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (d. 2003)
- 1940Endre Szemerédi, Hungarian mathematician
- 1962Tsutomu Miyazaki Japanese Serial killer (d. 2008)
- 1970Craig Counsell, American baseball player
- 1976Jeff Cunningham, Jamaican American soccer player
- 1976Ramón Vázquez, Puerto Rican baseball player
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