Today in History, English
Today in History, English

94831August 21Event1914 – World War I: The Battle of Charleroi, a successful German attack across the River Sambre which pre-empted a French offensive in the same area.
94832August 21Event1918 – World War I: The Second Battle of the Somme begins.
94833August 21Event1942 – World War II: The flag of Nazi Germany is installed atop the Mount Elbrus, the highest peak of the Caucasus mountain range.
94834August 21Event1942 – World War II: The Guadalcanal Campaign: American forces defeat an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru.
94835August 21Event1944 – Dumbarton Oaks Conference, prelude to the United Nations, begins.
94836August 21Event1944 – World War II: Canadian and Polish units capture the strategically important town of Falaise, Calvados, France.
94837August 21Event1945 – Physicist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. is fatally irradiated in a criticality accident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
94838August 21Event1957 – The Soviet Union successfully conducts a long-range test flight of the R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile.
94839August 21Event1959 – United States 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
94840August 21Event1961 – Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes.
94841August 21Event1963 – Xá Lợi Pagoda raids: The Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngô Đình Nhu, brother of President Ngo Dinh Diem, vandalizes Buddhist pagodas across the country, arresting thousands and leaving an estimated hundreds dead.
94842August 21Event1968 – Nicolae Ceaușescu, leader of Communist Romania, publicly condemns the Soviet led Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, encouraging the Romanian population to arm itself against possible Soviet reprisals.
94843August 21Event1968 – James Anderson, Jr. posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine.
94844August 21Event1969 – An Australian, Denis Michael Rohan, sets the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire, a major catalyst of the formation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
94845August 21Event1971 – A bomb exploded in the Liberal Party campaign rally in Plaza Miranda, Manila, Philippines with several anti-Marcos political candidates injured.
94846August 21Event1976 – Operation Paul Bunyan at Panmunjom, South Korea.
94847August 21Event1979 – Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.
94848August 21Event1982 – Lebanese Civil War: The first troops of a multinational force lands in Beirut to oversee the Palestine Liberation Organization's withdrawal from Lebanon.
94849August 21Event1983 – Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. is assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport in his honor).
94850August 21Event1986 – Carbon dioxide gas erupts from volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, killing up to 1,800 people within a 20-kilometer range.
94851August 21Event1991 – Latvia declares renewal of its full independence after the occupation of Soviet Union.
94852August 21Event1991 – Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
94853August 21Event1992 – Ruby Ridge Standoff in Idaho
94854August 21Event1993 – NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.
94855August 21Event2001 – NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
94856August 21Event2001 – The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
94857August 21Event2013 – Hundreds of people are reported killed by chemical attacks in the Ghouta region of Syria.
94858August 21Birth1165 – Philip II of France (d. 1223)
94859August 21Birth1535 – Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese general (d. 1619)
94860August 21Birth1567 – Francis de Sales, Swiss bishop and saint (d. 1622)

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