On This Day

What Happened on August 21, 1991

Day of the Week: Wednesday

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, dies