What Happened on August 21

Significant Events

  • 1192 Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the de facto ruler of Japan. (Traditional Japanese date: July 12, 1192)
  • 1703 The Edirne Event: Turkish army removes Sultan Mustafa II, lessening the power of the sultans
  • 1772 King Gustav III of Sweden completes coup d'etat by adopting a new Constitution and installing himself as an enlightened despot - ends 50 years of parliamentary rule
  • 1888 American inventor William Seward Burroughs patents the adding machine
  • 1911 "Mona Lisa" stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Perugia (Recovered in 1913)
  • 1959 Hawaii becomes the 50th US state
  • 1991 Conservative coup in the Soviet Union is crushed by popular resistance led by Boris Yeltsin in three days
  • 2000 82nd PGA Championship: Tiger Woods 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
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Did You Know?

1st British unmanned drone hit on UK citizen outside a conflict - ISIS fighter Reyaad Khan in Raqqa, Syria

On August 21, 2015

Would You Believe?

Oldest "message in a bottle" - more than 108 years after put in sea by UK Marine Biological Association announced found on beach in Amrum, Germany

On August 21, 2015

Famous Weddings

  • 1745 Future Russian Tsar Peter III marries Ekaterina Alexeievna later Catherine II (Catherine the Great)
  • 1929 Painter Diego Rivera (42) weds fellow artist Frida Kahlo (22)
  • 1956 Boxing champ Archie Moore (42) weds model Joan Hardy in Ensenada, Mexico
  • 1976 Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (33) weds Althea Leasure (23)
  • 1982 U2 lead singer Bono (22) weds activist and businesswoman Ali Hewson (21)
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