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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

  • 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.
  • 1959
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii’s admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii Admission Day
  • 1991
    Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
  • 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?

  • 1932
    Melvin Van Peebles, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1936
    Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player (d. 1999)
  • 1956
    Jon Tester, US Senator from Montana
  • 1956
    Kim Cattrall, English-born actress
  • 1967
    Carrie-Anne Moss, Canadian actress

Who died on August 21?

  • 1673
    Henry Grey, 1st Earl of Stamford, English soldier
  • 1926
    Ugyen Wangchuck, first king of Bhutan (b.1862)
  • 1943
    Henrik Pontoppidan, Danish writer, Nobel Prize (b. 1857)
  • 1983
    Benigno Aquino, Jr., Philippine opposition leader (b. 1932)
  • 2007
    Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)

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