On This Day..... August 21

 

AUGUST 21ST

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SENIOR CITIZENS DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SPUMONI DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • COUNT BASIE (1904-1984)
  • CHRISTOPHER ROBIN MILNE (1920-1996)
 
  • JACK BUCK (1924-2002)
  • WILT CHAMBERLAIN (1936-1999)
 
  • KENNY ROGERS (1938, 80)
  • LORETTA DEVINE (1949, 69)
 
  • KIM CATTRALL (1956, 62)
  • CARRIE ANNE MOSS (1967, 51)
 
  • SERGEY BRIN (1973, 45)
  • AMY FISHER (1974, 44)
 
  • BRODY JENNER (1983, 35)
  • USAIN BOLT (1986, 32)
 
  • HAYDEN PANETTIERE (1989, 29)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1614, SERIAL KILLER ELIZABETH BATHORY DIES IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AT 54
  • IN 1745, PETER III MARRIES CATHERINE THE GREAT
  • IN 1831, NAT TURNER, HIMSELF A FREED SLAVE, LEADS AN UPRISING AGAINST SLAVERY
  • IN 1841, JOHN HAMPTON PATENTS THE VENETIAN BLIND
  • IN 1858, ABRAHAM LINCOLN DEBATES STEPHEN DOUGLAS FOR THE FIRST TIME
 
  • IN 1863, 450 SOUTHERN REBELS, LED BY A SOLDIER THROWN OUT OF THE CONFEDERATE ARMY FOR BEING TOO BARBARIC, RAID THE TOWN OF LAWRENCE, KANSAS AND KILL 150 PEOPLE WHILE DESTROYING THE TOWN
  • IN 1864, THE CIVIL WAR BATTLE OF GLOBE TAVERN IN VIRGINIA ENDS AFTER 2,500 SOLDIERS DIE
  • IN 1878, THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION INCORPORATES IN SARASOTA, NEW YORK
  • IN 1888, WILLIAM SEWARD BURROUGHS PATENTS THE ADDING MACHINE
  • IN 1897, GENERAL MOTORS OPENS THE OLDSMOBILE DIVISION OF OPERATIONS
 
  • IN 1911, THE MONA LISA IS STOLEN FROM THE LOUVRE BUT RECOVERED AFTER 2 YEARS
  • IN 1915, ITALY DECLARES WAR ON TURKEY IN WORLD WAR I
  • IN 1940, LEON TROTSKY IS ASSASSINATED AT 62
  • IN 1942, WALT DISNEY RELEASES “BAMBI”
 
  • IN 1945, PRESIDENT TRUMAN ENDS THE “LEND-LEASE PROGRAM” WHICH ALLOWED FOR UNLIMITED LOANS AND GRANTS TO WORLD WAR II ALLIES
  • IN 1947, THE FIRST LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES IS HELD IN WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA. THE WINNERS ARE THE MAYNARD MIDGETS
  • IN 1955, EMMETT TILL ARRIVES IN MISSISSIPPI ONE WEEK BEFORE BEING MURDERED
  • IN 1959, HAWAII BECOMES THE 50TH STATE
  • IN 1961, ELVIS PRESLEY GOES TO #1 WITH “SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY”
 
  • IN 1961, PATSY CLINE RECORDS “CRAZY”, EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS STILL RECOVERING FROM A CAR CRASH TWO WEEKS EARLIER THAT SENT HER THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD
  • IN 1961, THE MARVELETTES RELEASE “PLEASE MR. POSTMAN”, THE FIRST MOTOWN SONG TO TOP THE BILLBOARD POP SINGLES CHART
  • IN 1963, SOUTH VIETNAM DECLARES MARSHALL LAW AFTER ITS BUDDHIST PAGODAS ARE RAIDED
 
  • IN 1965, THE ROLLING STONES HAVE THEIR FIRST U.S. #1 ALBUM, “OUT OF OUR HEADS”
  • IN 1968, THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION OPENS IN CHICAGO
  • IN 1972, A MEMBER OF THE BAND MANAGEMENT OF JEFFERSON AIRPLANE CALLS POLICE OFFICERS PIGS LEADING TO LEAD SINGER GRACE SLICK BEING MACED
  • IN 1976, THE UNITED NATIONS ACTIVATES “OPERATION PAUL BUNYON” TO DEPLOY TROOPS IN THE KOREAN DEMILITARIZED ZONE, CUTTING DOWN TREES WHICH WERE STRATEGICALLY PLANTED TO BLOCK THE VIEW OF U.N. OBSERVERS
 
  • IN 1982, BONO MARRIES HIS WIFE ALI
  • IN 1983, “LA CAGE AUX FOLLES” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1986, 2,000 PEOPLE DIE WHEN A VOLCANO ERUPTS IN CAMEROON AND SPEWS POISON GAS INTO THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
 
  • IN 1991, BORIS YELTSIN SUCCESSFULLY PUTS DOWN A THREE DAY CONSERVATIVE COUP
  • IN 1993, NASA LOSES CONTACT WITH THE MARS OBSERVER
  • IN 1995, FEDERAL MARSHALS AND THE FAMILY OF RANDY WEAVER GET INTO A GUNFIGHT OUTSIDE HIS CABIN IN IDAHO IN THE “RUBY RIDGE INCIDENT”
 
  • IN 1997, OASIS RELEASES THEIR THIRD ALBUM “BE HERE NOW” WHICH SELLS 350,000 COPIES IN ITS FIRST DAY
  • IN 2001, NICKELBACK RELEASES “HOW YOU REMIND ME”
  • IN 2005, HBO AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “SIX FEET UNDER”
 
  • IN 2006, PRESIDENT BUSH ADMITS THAT IRAQ HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE 9/11 ATTACKS AFTER BEING QUESTIONED BY REPORTERS
  • IN 2010, “TRUE BLOOD” STARS ANNA PAQUIN AND STEPHEN MOYER MARRY
  • IN 2015, THREE AMERICANS ON A TRAIN FROM AMSTERDAM TO PARIS STOP AN ARMED TERRORIST ATTACK BY OVERPOWERING THE GUNMEN, LEADING TO THE 2018 FILM “THE 15:17 TO PARIS”
 
  • IN 2015, A “MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE” PLACED IN THE SEA IN 1907 BY THE BRITISH MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION IS FOUND ON A BEACH IN GERMANY
  • IN 2016, THE U.S. MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM WINS GOLD AT THE RIO GAMES
  • IN 2017, A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE IS VISIBLE ACROSS VARIOUS PARTS OF AMERICA
  • IN 2017, THE U.S.S. JOHN MCCAIN COLLIDES WITH AN OIL TANKER OFF THE COAST OF SINGAPORE LEAVING TEN PEOPLE MISSING
 

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