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What are the important events that happened on August 21? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 21: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 21 is the 233rd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 132 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 8, 2017 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 25,054,560 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatriacontatrigon’ day.

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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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 182 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,704 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 21 Historical Events

  • 1331
    King Stephen Uroš III, after months of anarchy, surrenders to his son and rival Stephen Dušan, who succeeds as King of Serbia.
  • 1968
    James Anderson, Jr. posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine.
  • 1971
    A bomb exploded in the Liberal Party campaign rally in Plaza Miranda, Manila, Philippines with several anti-Marcos political candidates injured.
  • 1982
    Lebanese Civil War: The first troops of a multinational force lands in Beirut to oversee the Palestine Liberation Organization’s withdrawal from Lebanon.
  • 2001
    The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Who were born on August 21?

  • 1937
    Robert Stone, American novelist
  • 1952
    Joe Strummer, British musician and singer (The Clash) (d. 2002)
  • 1959
    Jim McMahon, American football player
  • 1961
    Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist
  • 1988
    Paris Bennett, American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5)

Who died on August 21?

  • 1763
    Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, British statesman (b. 1710)
  • 1981
    Michael Devine, 1981 Irish hunger strike figure (b. 1954)
  • 1983
    Benigno Aquino, Jr., Philippine opposition leader (b. 1932)
  • 2005
    Martin Dillon, American opera singer (b. 1957)
  • 2006
    Ustad Bismillah Khan, Indian musician (b. 1916)

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