On This Day

What Happened on August 21, 1991

Historical Events


BattleCoup d'├ętat

Conservative coup in the Soviet Union is crushed by popular resistance led by Boris Yeltsin in three days

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Latvia declares its independence from USSR

Famous Deaths

  • Oswald von Nell-Breuning, German theologist and philosopher, dies at 101
  • Richard Wilson, producer/writer/actor (Pay or Die), dies at 75
  • Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German-Swiss architect and writer (Mozart biog), dies at 74
1991 Highlights

About August 21, 1991

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 28 years, 11 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Leo