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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, 417,576 hours 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

  • 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.
  • 1689
    The Battle of Dunkeld in Scotland.
  • 1772
    King Gustav III completes his coup d'état by adopting a new Constitution, ending half a century of parliamentary rule in Sweden and installing himself as an enlightened despot.
  • 1888
    The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.

Who were born on August 21?

  • 1891
    Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World’s oldest living man 2004-2007 (d. 2007)
  • 1944
    Jackie DeShannon, American singer
  • 1969
    Josée Chouinard, Canadian figure skater
  • 1978
    Alan Lee, Irish footballer
  • 1984
    Alizée Jacotey, French singer

Who died on August 21?

  • 1947
    Ettore Bugatti, Italian automobile manufacturer (b. 1881)
  • 1979
    Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer (b. 1910)
  • 1988
    Teddy Diaz, Filipino rock guitarist (The Dawn) (b. 1963)
  • 2003
    Wesley Willis, American musician (b. 1963)
  • 2006
    S. Yizhar (aka Yizhar Smilansky), Israeli author (b. 1916)

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