Today in History

What happened on the 21st of August in history?

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  • 1560
    Tycho Brahe becomes interested in astronomy
  • 1680
    Pueblo Indians took possession of Santa Fe
  • 1831
    Former slave Nat Turner led a violent insurrection against slavery
  • 1841
    John Hampson patents the venetian blind
  • 1858
    1st Lincoln-Douglas debate in Illinois
  • 1878
    American Bar Association organized at Sarasota N.Y
  • 1933
    Ruth homer leads the AL to a 4-2 win in the 1st All Star Game
  • 1940
    Leon Trotsky died of wounds inflicted by an assailant the day before
  • 1945
    Pres Truman ended the Lend-Lease program
  • 1959
    Hawaii becomes 50th US state
  • 1963
    Martial law declared in S Vietnam
  • 1965
    Gemini 5 launched into earth orbit (2 astronauts)
  • 1968
    William Dana reaches 80 km (last high-altitude X-15 flight)
  • 1972
    US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus is launched
  • 1982
    Palestinian terrorists are dispersed from Beirut
  • 1983
    Opposition leader Begnigno S. Aquino Jr. assassinated in Manila
  • 1986
    Volcanic eruption in Cameroon releases poison gas killing 2000
  • 2017
    Next total solar eclipse visible from North America