On This Day

On This Day in History for August 21 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1987 Silke Horneer swims female world record 100m breaststroke (1:07.91)

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

1989 Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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BattleCoup d'état

1991 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
  • 1991 Latvia declares its independence from USSR
  • 1992 US Marshals move in on Randy Weaver's cabin in Ruby Ridge, Idaho to apprehend him on firearms charges; an 11 day stand-off ensues
  • 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 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 Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 crashes near Carrollton, Georgia, killing 9 crew and passengers
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 P. W. Botha found guilty of contempt for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas to testify before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha

  • 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
  • 2014 Israeli airstrike in Rafah kills Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al Atar and Mohammed Barhoum - 3 of Hamas's top commanders
  • 2015 Terrorist attack on train between Amsterdam and Paris thwarted by 4 passengers overpowering gunman
  • 2015 After 108 years a "message in a bottle" put in the sea by UK Marine Biological Association is announced found on a beach in Amrum, Germany
  • 2015 1st British unmanned drone hit on a UK citizen outside a conflict - ISIS fighter Reyaad Khan in Raqqa, Syria
  • 2015 European Refugee Crisis: Germany makes it easier for Syrian refugees to claim asylum by suspending their Dublin Regulations
  • 2017 Total solar eclipse visible from North America
  • 2017 London's parliament clock Big Ben chimes for the last time before a four-year restoration process for its tower starts
  • 2017 Destroyer USS John S McCain collides with an oil tanker near Singapore leaving 10 missing and 5 injured
  • 2017 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417m to woman who developed ovarian cancer after using their talc-based products
  • 2017 Chile's constitutional court approves bill to ease country's total abortion ban

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2018 Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer, pleads guilty to charges including illegal payment at direction of Trump to women Trump had affairs with

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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2018 Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull calls for and wins a leadership vote 43-35 over Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Turnbull
  • 2018 Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, is convicted on eight counts of fraud in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 2018 Water-ice first detected on the Moon by India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft (2008-9) in findings published by scientists
  • 2018 Californian Representative Duncan Hunter indicted for using campaign funds for personal expenses including holidays and flight for a pet rabbit

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2019 German Chancellor challenges British PM Boris Johnson to find a solution to a no-deal Brexit in 30 days at their meeting in Berlin

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • 2019 74,155 fires caused by land clearing are burning in the Amazon rain forest, the most ever recorded, according the Brazil's National Institute for Space Research
  • 2019 US President Donald Trump says Danish PM Mette Frederiksen was "nasty" to him over his interest in buying Greenland and cancels his trip to Denmark

Historic DiscoveryPolio

2019 Nigeria goes three years without a case of polio in landmark toward eradication of the disease

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Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
Children with polio in a US hospital, inside an iron lung. In about 0.5% of cases, patients suffered from paralysis, sometimes resulting in the inability to breathe. More often, limbs would be paralyzed.
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