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Famous birthdays, deaths and events of August 21


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Birthdays
  • 1535 - Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1619)
  • 1597 - Roger Twysden, English antiquarian and royalist (d. 1672)
  • 1765 - William IV of the United Kingdom, (d. 1837)
  • 1826 - Karl Gegenbaur, German anatomist (d. 1903)
  • 1872 - Aubrey Beardsley, English illustrator (d. 1898)
  • 1891 - Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007 (d. 2007)
  • 1892 - Charles Vanel, French actor and director (d. 1989)
  • 1906 - Friz Freleng, American movie animator (d. 1995)
  • 1908 - M. M. Kaye, British writer (d. 2004)
  • 1915 - Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (d. 1998)
  • 1918 - Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
  • 1920 - Christopher Robin Milne, inspiration for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories (d. 1996)
  • 1924 - Jack Buck, American sports announcer (d. 2002)
  • 1924 - Jack Weston, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1925 - Judy Grable, American professional wrestler (d. 2008)
  • 1925 - Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (d. 2003)
  • 1925 - Jorge Rafael Videla, ex-dictator of Argentina
  • 1928 - Art Farmer, American trumpet player (d. 1999)
  • 1929 - X. J. Kennedy, American poet
  • 1930 - Frank Perry, American film director (d. 1995)
  • 1932 - Melvin Van Peebles, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1933 - Janet Baker, English mezzo-soprano
  • 1934 - Paul Panhuysen, Dutch composer
  • 1936 - Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player (d. 1999)
  • 1937 - Robert Stone, American novelist
  • 1938 - Kenny Rogers, American singer and actor
  • 1939 - James Burton, American guitarist
  • 1939 - Clarence Williams III, American actor
  • 1943 - Hugh Wilson, American director
  • 1944 - Jackie DeShannon, American singer
  • 1944 - Peter Weir, Australian film director
  • 1945 - Jerry DaVanon, baseball player
  • 1945 - Patty McCormack, American actress
  • 1945 - Basil Poledouris, American film score composer (d. 2006)
  • 1949 - Loretta Devine, American actress
  • 1950 - Patrick Juvet, Swiss singer
  • 1951 - Char Margolis, American medium
  • 1951 - Margo Kane, Canadian playwright.
  • 1952 - Keith Hart, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1952 - Glenn Hughes, British bassist and vocalist (Finders Keepers/Trapeze/Deep Purple)
  • 1952 - Joe Strummer, British musician and singer (The Clash) (d. 2002)
  • 1953 - Ivan Stang, American writer
  • 1954 - Archie Griffin, former American football player and only two-time Heisman Trophy winner.
  • 1956 - Kim Cattrall, English-born actress
  • 1959 - Jim McMahon, American football player
  • 1961 - David Morales, American disc jockey
  • 1961 - V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer
  • 1962 - Jeff Stryker, American actor
  • 1963 - Richmond Arquette, American actor
  • 1964 - Trinity Loren, American actress and model (d. 1998)
  • 1965 - Jim Bullinger, American baseball player
  • 1965 - Caryn Mower, American actress
  • 1966 - John Wetteland, Major League Baseball player
  • 1967 - Carrie-Anne Moss, Canadian actress
  • 1967 - Serj Tankian, Armenian-born singer (System of a Down)
  • 1967 - Darren Bewick, AFL footballer
  • 1969 - Josée Chouinard, Canadian figure skater
  • 1970 - Nathan Jones, American professional wrestler
  • 1970 - Erik Dekker, Dutch cyclist
  • 1971 - Liam Howlett, British musician (The Prodigy)
  • 1971 - Mamadou Diallo, Senegalese Soccer player
  • 1971 - Matthew Noonan, American Concert Organist
  • 1971 - Robert Harvey, Australian Rules Footballer (St Kilda Football Club)
  • 1973 - Steve McKenna, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1975 - Alicia Witt, American actress
  • 1975 - Simon Katich, Australian cricketer
  • 1976 - Alex Brooks, American ice hockey player
  • 1976 - Jeff Cunningham, Jamaican American soccer player
  • 1978 - Reuben Droughns, American football player
  • 1978 - Jason Marquis, American baseball player
  • 1978 - Alan Lee, Irish footballer
  • 1978 - Lee Gronkiewicz, American baseball player
  • 1978 - Peter Buxton, English rugby union player
  • 1979 - Kelis Rogers-Jones, American singer
  • 1980 - Burney Lamar, American race car driver
  • 1980 - Paul Menard, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver
  • 1981 - Jarrod Lyle, Australian Golfer
  • 1981 - Andreas Glyniadakis, Greek basketball player
  • 1983 - Josh Harrington, American professional BMX rider
  • 1983 - Chantelle Houghton, British TV personality
  • 1983 - Brody Jenner, American actor
  • 1983 - Scott McDonald, Australian footballer
  • 1984 - Neil Dexter, South African cricketer
  • 1984 - Alizée Jacotey, French singer
  • 1984 - Melissa Schuman, American actress
  • 1984 - B.J. Upton, American baseball player
  • 1985 - Melissa M, French singer
  • 1988 - Louise Setara, English singer-songwriter
  • 1988 - Paris Bennett, American singer and finalist on American Idol (season 5)
  • 1989 - Hayden Panettiere, American actress
  • 1992 - Brad Kavanagh,English songwriter and actor,
  • 1996 - Jamia Simone Nash, American singer and actress


Deaths
  • 1271 - Alphonse of Toulouse, son of Louis VIII of France (b. 1220)
  • 1581 - Sakuma Nobumori, Japanese retainer and samurai (b. 1527)
  • 1627 - Jacques Mauduit, French composer (b. 1557)
  • 1762 - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer (b. 1689)
  • 1838 - Adelbert von Chamisso, German writer (b. 1781)
  • 1870 - Ma Xinyi Viceroy of Liangjiang of the late Qing Dynasty in China,, (b. 1821)
  • 1935 - John Hartley, English tennis player
  • 1940 - Ernest Lawrence Thayer, American poet (b. 1863)
  • 1943 - Henrik Pontoppidan, Danish writer
  • 1947 - Ettore Bugatti, Italian automobile manufacturer (b. 1881)
  • 1957 - Nels Stewart, professional ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 1971 - George Jackson, American prisoner
  • 1979 - Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer (b. 1910)
  • 1981 - Michael Devine, the last man to die in the 1981 Irish hunger strike (b. 1954)
  • 1983 - Benigno Aquino, Jr.
  • 1989 - Raul Seixas, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • 1992 - Dai Vernon, Canadian magician (b. 1894)
  • 1997 - Yuri Nikulin, Russian clown and actor (b. 1921)
  • 2001 - Calum MacKay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1927)
  • 2003 - Wesley Willis, American musician (b. 1963)
  • 2005 - Marcus Schmuck, Austrian mountaineer (b. 1925)
  • 2005 - Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (b. 1936)
  • 2006 - Ustad Bismillah Khan, Indian musician (b. 1916)
  • 2007 - Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
  • 2007 - Haley Paige, American pornographic actress (b. 1981)
  • 2008 - Gene Upshaw, NFL Player
  • 2008 - Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)

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.
  • 1760 - The church (later cathedral) of "Our Lady of Candlemas of Mayagüez (Puerto Rico)" is founded, establishing the basis for the founding of the city.
  • 1770 - James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
  • 1808 - Battle of Vimeiro: British and Portuguese forces led by General Arthur Wellesley defeat French force under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot near the village of Vimeiro, Portugal, the first Anglo-Portuguese victory of the Peninsular War.
  • 1810 - Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of France, is elected Crown Prince of Sweden by the Swedish Riksdag of the Estates.
  • 1821 - Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
  • 1831 - Nat Turner leads black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion.
  • 1842 - The city of Hobart, Tasmania, is founded.
  • 1852 - Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory.
  • 1856 - America's first consul to Japan, Townsend Harris, arrives in Shimoda. (Traditional Japanese date: July 21, 1856)
  • 1858 - The Lincoln-Douglas debates begin.
  • 1862 - The Vienna Stadtpark opens its gates.
  • 1863 - Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrill's Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
  • 1878 - The American Bar Association is founded.
  • 1879 - The Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist, reportedly appears to the people of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.
  • 1888 - The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
  • 1911 - The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee.
  • 1928 - WRNY began regularly scheduled television broadcasts in New York City.
  • 1942 - World War II: the Battle of Stalingrad begins.
  • 1942 - World War II: a Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus.
  • 1942 - World War II: Allied forces involved in the Guadalcanal campaign defeated an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru.
  • 1944 - Dumbarton Oaks Conference, prelude to the United Nations, begins.
  • 1959 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.
  • 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.
  • 1968 - Soviet Union-dominated Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring; on the same day, Nicolae Ceauşescu, leader of Communist Romania, publicly condemns the Soviet maneuver, encouraging the Romanian population to arm itself against possible Soviet reprisals.
  • 1968 - James Anderson, Jr. posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine.
  • 1969 - An Australian, Michael Dennis Rohan, sets the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire
  • 1971 - A bomb exploded in the Liberal Party campaign rally in Plaza Miranda, Manila, Philippines with several anti-Marcos political candidates injured.
  • 1976 - Operation Paul Bunyan at Panmunjeom, Korea.
  • 1983 - Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. is assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport).
  • 1986 - Carbon dioxide gas erupts from volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, killing up to 1,800 people within a 20-kilometer range.
  • 1991 - Latvia declares renewal of its full independence after the occupation of Soviet Union.
  • 1991 - Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
  • 1993 - NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.
  • 2001 - NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • 2001 - The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • 2007 - Hurricane 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.


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