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Saturday August 21, 2021

August 21: Day of the Week

August 21, 2021 is the 233rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 132 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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

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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)

  • 1770
    James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
  • 1810
    Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of France, is elected Crown Prince of Sweden by the Swedish Riksdag of the Estates.
  • 1863
    Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrill’s Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
  • 1918
    World War I: The Second Battle of the Somme begins.
  • 1944
    Dumbarton Oaks Conference, prelude to the United Nations, begins.
  • 1944
    World War II: Canadian and Polish units capture the strategically important town of Falaise, France.
  • 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.
  • 1971
    A bomb exploded in the Liberal Party campaign rally in Plaza Miranda, Manila, Philippines with several anti-Marcos political candidates injured.
  • 1979
    Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.
  • 1986
    Carbon dioxide gas erupts from volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, killing up to 1,800 people within a 20-kilometer range.

Who were born on August 21?

  • 1165
    King Philip II of France (d. 1223)
  • 1567
    Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva and saint (d. 1622)
  • 1928
    Art Farmer, American trumpet player (d. 1999)
  • 1929
    Marie Severin, American comic book artist and colorist
  • 1945
    Jerry DaVanon, baseball player
  • 1949
    Loretta Devine, American actress
  • 1951
    Margo Kane, Canadian playwright.
  • 1956
    Kim Cattrall, English-born actress
  • 1966
    John Wetteland, Major League Baseball player
  • 1975
    Simon Katich, Australian cricketer

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