21 August

21 August

August 21 is the 233rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 132 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about August 21st, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 21st in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Poet’s Day
  • National Spumoni Day
  • National Senior Citizens Day
  • World Honey Bee Day
  • Break the Monotony Day
  • International Geocaching Day
  • International Homeless Animal’s Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – August 21

1993: NASA loses communication with the Mars Observer almost a year after its launch

The robotic space probe was tasked with exploring and studying the Red Planet.

1991: Latvia gains full independence from the Soviet Union

Founded in 1918, the Republic of Latvia was fully incorporated as a Soviet republic after the Second World War. Independence for the Baltic state was achieved after a peaceful revolution known as the Singing Revolution, which began in Estonia.

1986: Limnic eruption in Lake Nyos in Cameroon kills about 1700 people

A high amount of carbon dioxide was released by the underwater volcanic eruption.

1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen

The famed Leonardo da Vinci painting was stolen by a Louvre employee. It was recovered 2 years later in Italy.

1879: Oldsmobile is founded by Ransom Eli Olds of Olds Motor Works

The popular brand of car was first manufactured in Lansing, Michigan. The company was purchased by GM in 1908 and closed its doors in 2004.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, August 21

1986: Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter

1984: Eve Torres, American wrestler, model, dancer

1952: Joe Strummer, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor

1936: Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player

1765: William IV of the United Kingdom

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, August 21

1993: Tatiana Troyanos, American soprano

1983: Benigno Aquino, Jr., Filipino politician

1979: Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer

1940: Leon Trotsky, Russian theorist, politician, founded the Red Army

1762: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English author


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