On This Day

What Happened on August 21, 2008

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • After winning the event in Athens, Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown makes it consecutive 200m Olympic titles beating American Allyson Felix by 0.19 in Beijing
  • American pair Misty May-Treanor & Kerry Walsh dominate China's Tian Jiathe & Wang Jie 21-18, 21-18 in the beach volleyball final to repeat of their gold medal from Athens; don't lose a set in the competition
  • An American sweep of the 400m medals at the Beijing Olympics; LeShawn Merritt wins gold in 43.75 ahead of Jeremy Wariner and David Neville
  • DaniĆ«lle de Bruijn scores a match winning 7 goals as the Netherlands upset the United States 9-8 to take the women's water polo gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • Dutch swimmer and cancer survivor Maarten van der Weijden wins inaugural men's open water marathon (10k) in 1:51:51.6 at the Beijing Olympics
  • Japan edges the United States 3-1 for the gold medal in the final of the women's softball tournament at the Beijing Olympics

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Striker Carli Lloyd scores in extra time as the United States beat Brazil 1-0 to take the women's Football Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics

Football Star Hope Solo
Football Star
Hope Solo

Famous Deaths

  • Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79
  • Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)