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Notable Historical Events on August 21st

1961Kenyan political activist Jomo Kenyatta released from jail after 9 years. Imprisoned during 1952 Mau Mau rebellion with other nationalist leaders by British authorities

1922Curly Lambeau & Green Bay Football Club granted NFL franchise

1986Ian Botham takes world-record 356th Test Cricket wkt (v NZ, The Oval)

1560Tycho Brahe becomes interested in astronomy

1994Jane Geddes wins LPGA Chicago Golf Challenge

1931Babe Ruth hits his 600th HR, off George Blaeholder of Browns

191420th US Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 290 at Midlothian CC Ill

1808Battle 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.

2000Tiger Woods wins golf's PGA Championship to become the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win 3 majors in a calendar year. He ties the to-par record for the PGA (-18) with Bob May, and wins in a playoff

1955Emmett Till arrives in Money, Mississippi, a week before he is murdered

1966Mickey Wright wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open

1831Nat Turner slave revolt kills 55 (Southampton County, Virginia)

August 21st Historical Events
Date Event
959
Erachus becomes bishop of Luik 
1192
Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the de facto ruler of Japan. (Traditional Japanese date: July 12, 1192) 
1321
160 Jews of Chincon France, burned at stake 
1541
Ottoman Turks under Suleiman the Magnificent capture Buda, the capital of the Hungarian Kingdom. Dominate central Hungary for 150 years 
1560
Tycho Brahe becomes interested in astronomy 
1598
-22] Deed of Transfers proclaims Netherlands independence 
1673
Sea battle at Kijkduin: De Ruyter defeats English & French fleet 
1680
Pueblo Indians takes possession of Santa Fé from Spanish 
1689
The Battle of Dunkeld in Scotland. 
1703
Turkish army removes Sultan Mustafa II in The Edirne Event, lessening the power of the sultans 
1718
Emperor Karel VI, Turkey & Venice sign peace treaty 
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. 
1772
King Gustav III completes his coup d'etat by adopting a new Constitution, ending half a century of parliamentary rule in Sweden and installing himself as an enlightened despot. 
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 slave revolt kills 55 (Southampton County, Virginia) 
1841
John Hampton patents venetian blind 
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
1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois) 
1862
The Vienna Stadtpark opens its gates. 
1863
Raid at Lawrence KS by William Quantrill 
1864
BBT Charleston, SC [->DEC 31] 
1864
Battle at Globe Tavern, Virginia, ends after 2500 casualties 
1864
Battle of Grubbs Crossroads, KY 
1864
Battle of Summit Point, VA 
1864
Major Gen Nathan B Forrests assault on Memphis, Tennessee 
1878
American Bar Association organizes at Sarasota, NY 
1878
Edward Pooley completes record 8 stumpings in a cricket match 
1879
The Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist, reportedly appears to the people of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland. 
1883
Providence shuts out Phillies 28-0 
1887
Mighty (Dan) Casey struck-out in a game with NY Giants 
1888
William Seward Burroughs patents adding machine 
1891
Dutch Mackay government resigns 
1897
Oldsmobile begins operation as a General Motors Corp division 
1901
21st US Men's Tennis: William Larned beats Beals C Wright (6-2 6-8 6-4 6-4) 
1901
Joe McGinnity, suspended from NL for punching & spitting on an umpire 
1912
Mr Carter-Cotton chosen 1st chancellor of Univ of British Columbia 
1914
20th US Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 290 at Midlothian CC Ill 
1914
Belgium: German troops occupy Tamines 
1914
French offensive in the Ardennen/Sambre 
1915
Italy declares war on Turkey in World War One 
1916
Sir Roger Casement, an Ulster Protestant and ardent Irish nationalist, arrested by the British 
1920
3rd PGA Championship: Jock Hutchison at Flossmoor CC Flossmoor Ill 
1922
Curly Lambeau & Green Bay Football Club granted NFL franchise 
1925
BV Emmen soccer team forms 
1926
-22] Uprising against Greek president/dictator Pangalos 
1926
White Sox Ted Lyons no hits Red Sox 6-0 in just 67 minutes at Fenway 
1927
4th Pan-African Congress meets (NYC) 
1929
Chicago Cardinals become 1st pro football team to train out of town 
1930
Prohibition of Wieringermeer finished 
1931
Babe Ruth hits his 600th HR, off George Blaeholder of Browns 
1932
Wes Ferrell is 1st to win 20 games in each of his 1st 4 seasons 
1936
Red Sox Wes Ferrell, walks off mound when he feels he did no get good feilding, Sox suspend him 
1938
Italy bars all Jewish teachers in Public & High School 
1942
Alpine hunters plant German flag on Elbroezgebergte, Kaukasus 
1942
Transport nr 22 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany 
1942
World War II: a Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus. 
1943
Gromyko named USSR-ambassador in Washington 
1943
Japan leaves Aleutian Islands 
1944
Germans storm up Hill 262 (Mont Ormel) Normandy 
1944
Grieg/Work/Forest's musical "Song of Norway" premieres in NYC 
1944
Raid on Jewish childrens house in Secrétan/St-Mandé 
1944
US 12nd Army Corps occupies Sens 
1945
US President Harry Truman ends Lend-Lease program 
1947
1st Little League World Series Maynard Midgets of Williamsport PA win 
1948
Indians 47-inning scoreless streak broken by White Sox Aaron Robinson 
1949
Phila fans cause A's to forfeit game when they riot over a trapped line drive by Rich Ashburn, Giants leading 4-2 in 9th declared winners 
1953
Baseball player reps Ralph Kiner (NL) & Allie Reynolds (AL) hire John Norman Lewis at $15,000 to give legal advice to players in negotiation 
1953
Marion Carl in Douglas Skyrocket reaches record 25,370 m 
1953
Sultan Sidi Mohammed Am Joessoef V of Morocco deposed 
1955
Emmett Till arrives in Money, Mississippi, a week before he is murdered 
1956
WTVW TV channel 7 in Evansville, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1957
1st launching in Baikonur, Kazachstan (R7 "Semiorka"-rocket) 
1958
KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions 
1959
Hawaii becomes 50th US state 
1961
Kenyan political activist Jomo Kenyatta released from jail after 9 years. Imprisoned during 1952 Mau Mau rebellion with other nationalist leaders by British authorities 
1962
Verne Gagne beats Mister M (doctor X) in Minn, to become NWA champ 
1963
Jerry Lynch's record 15th pinch-hit HR gives Pirates a 7-6 win 
1963
Martial law declared in S Vietnam, following raids on Buddhist pagodas 
1965
Gemini 5 launched into Earth orbit (2 astronauts) 
1965
Romania adopts constitution 
1965
The Crusher beats Mad Dog Vachon in St Paul, to become NWA champ 
1966
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open 
1967
China reports downing of 2 US bombers 
1967
Ken Harrelson becomes baseball's 1st free agent 
1967
Liquid gas tanker explodes in Martelange Belgium, 22 killed 
1967
Mikis Theodorakis arrested in Greece 
1968
After 5 years Russia once again jams Voice of America radio 
1968
Democratic Convention opens in Chicago 
1968
Marine James Anderson Jr is 1st African American to win Medal of Honor 
1968
Radio Prague (Czechoslovakia) at 12:50 AM announces a Soviet led invasion 
1968
Warsaw Pact forces contnue their invasion of Czechoslovakia to end the reform movement known as the Prague Spring 
1968
William Dana reaches 80 km (last high-altitude X-15 flight) 
1969
Fire in Al-Aksa-mosque in Jerusalem 
1970
The Social and Democratic Labour Party (SDLP) is established with Gerry Fitt as the first leader of the party 
1972
1st hot air balloon flight over Alps 
1972
British dock strike ends 
1972
Grace Slick maced by police when a band official called cops, pigs 
1972
Republican convention opens in Miami Beach 
1972
US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched 
1975
3 truck pile up kills 10, injures 26 on French highway 
1975
Rick & Paul Reuschel become 1st brothers to pitch a combined shut out 
1975
US lightens trade embargo against Cuba 
1976
Al Bumbry hits 17th inside-the-park HR in Oriole history 
1976
Battle, East Sussex: Mary Langdon becomes 1st British firewoman 
1976
Operation Paul Bunyan at Panmunjeom, Korea. 
1977
Debbie Austin wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic 
1977
Donna Patterson Brice sets high speed water skiing rec (111.11 mph) 
1978
1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs US Air Force 
1979
Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0 
1980
Linda Ronstadt opens in "Pirates of Penzance" on Broadway 
1982
Palestinian terrorists are dispersed from Beirut 
1982
Rollie Fingers (Brewers) becomes 1st pitcher to get save #300 
1983
"La Cage aux Folles" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 1761 performances 
1983
110°F (43°C) at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record) 
1983
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women's Golf 
1985
Mary Decker Slaney runs mile in world record 4:16.71 
1985
NY Lotto pays $41 million to three winner (#s are 14-17-22-23-30-47) 
1986
"Rags" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 4 performances 
1986
Ian Botham takes world-record 356th Test Cricket wkt (v NZ, The Oval) 
1986
Lake Nios Volcano in Cameroon kills 1,746 
1986
Red Sox Spike Owens scores 6 runs in a 24-5 rout of Cleve Indians 
1986
Surinames Ronnie Brunswijks Jungle commandos kill 2 government officials 
1986
Volcanic eruption in Cameroon releases poison gas, killing 2,000 
1986
With 2 outs in 6th inning, Red Sox score 11 runs 
1987
"Mack Lobell" set harness racing's trotting mil (1:52) 
1987
Clayton Lonetree, 1st US marine court-martialed for spying, convicted 
1987
Silke Horneer swims female world record 100m breaststroke (1:07.91) 
1988
Juli Inkster wins LPGA Atlantic City Golf Classic 
1989
Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune 
1991
Communist coup is crushed in USSR in 2 days 
1991
Latvia declares its independence from USSR 
1993
NASA loses contact with Mars Observer 
1994
-23] Typhoon Fred ravages Chinese county Zhejiang, 700+ killed 
1994
Ernesto Zedillo wins Mexican presidential election 
1994
Jane Geddes wins LPGA Chicago Golf Challenge 
1994
Royal Air Maroc ATR-42 crash down at Agadir, 44 killed 
1994
The last French troops pull out of Rwanda, ending their highly controversial mission there 
1995
US marshals move in on Randy Weaver's cabin in Idaho 
1996
"Hughie" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC 
1996
Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA 
1996
Netscape Browser 3.0 is released 
1996
In Venezuela, a subsidiary of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PdVSA), Corpoven, signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with U.S.-based ARCO 
1997
Typhoon Winnie kills 140, injures 3,000 in East China 
1997
US government forces closure of Hudson Foods due to E Coli break out 
1998
P.W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 
2000
Tiger Woods wins golf's PGA Championship to become the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win 3 majors in a calendar year. He ties the to-par record for the PGA (-18) with Bob May, and wins in a playoff 
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. 
2012
20 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo die from the Ebola virus 
2013
37 people are killed and 16 are injured in a bus crash near Chin Swee Temple, Malaysia 
2013
21 people are killed in flash floods in Qinghai province, China 
2016
Olympics-Basketball-US rolls past Spain to sixth straight gold 
2017
Next total solar eclipse visible from North America 
2017
Ten sailors missing after US warship collides with tanker near Singapore 
2017
Yankees' Aaron Judge extends record strikeout streak to 37 games 
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