August 21: Day of the Week
August 21, 2018 is the 233rd day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 132 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kayōbi.
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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)
- 1331King Stephen Uroš III, after months of anarchy, surrenders to his son and rival Stephen Dušan, who succeeds as King of Serbia.
- 1852Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory.
- 1863Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrill’s Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
- 1945Physicist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- 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.
- 1991Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
- 2001NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
- 2001The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
- 2007Hurricane Dean makes its first landfall in Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165 mph. Dean is the first storm since Hurricane Andrew to make landfall as a Category 5.
Who were born on August 21?
- 1665Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer (d. 1729)
- 1816Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, French chemist (d. 1856)
- 1906Friz Freleng, American movie animator (d. 1995)
- 1912Hector “Toe” Blake, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1995)
- 1937Gustavo Noboa, former President of Ecuador
- 1939Festus Mogae, president of Botswana
- 1961Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist
- 1965Caryn Mower, American actress, stuntwoman and former professional wrestler
- 1970Craig Counsell, American baseball player
- 1978Peter Buxton, English rugby union player
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