According to the Gregory calendar, August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in a leap year). There are 132 more days left in the year.
Important events of 21 August
1790 – Dindigul is captured by British forces led by General Meadows.
1915 – Italy declares war against Turkey during the First World War.
1959 – Hawaii becomes the 50th province of the United States.
1965 – Constitution adopted in European country Romania.
1972 – Wildlife Protection Act passed in Parliament.
1972 – Wildlife Protection Act passed in India.
1997 – 140 people died and three thousand people were injured by cyclone Vinny in eastern China.
1983 – Opposition leader of the Philippines Benigro S. Aquino returns after voluntary deportation, shot dead as he steps on land.
1988 – Thousands of people died in the earthquake that struck the Indo-Nepal border.
1991 – President Gorbachov ousted in Soviet Union, curfew in Moscow, revolution failed and Gorbachov again in power.
1993 – President Boris Yeltsin dissolves the Russian Parliament.
2000 – Forest fire over 1600 hectares destroyed by fire in southeastern Ardek province, confirming the death of all 118 members of the Russian submarine.
2003 – United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan rejects the proposal to send a joint peacekeeping force to Iraq.
2005 – Ceasefire agreement between Bangladesh and India’s Border Security Forces concluded.
2006 – Iraq’s ousted president Saddam Hussein refuses to participate in the genocide trial.
2008 – The Caravan-e-Aman bus service plying between Muzaffarabad, the capital of Srinagar and ‘Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’, resumed. India joined hands with NASA on moon mission.
2009 – The Indian Navy’s fighter aircraft ‘Sea Harrier’ crashes into the Arabian Sea after taking off from Goa. Take the pilot. Commander Saurabh Saxena died.
2012 – 20 people died due to Ebola virus infection in the African country Democratic Republic of Congo.
2013 – 37 people were killed and 16 injured in a bus accident near Chin Swee Temple in Malaysia.
2014 – Israeli airstrikes in Rafah kill three top Hamas commanders.
Born on 21 august
1871 – Gopal Krishna Deodhar – Famous social worker and servant of India.
1927 – B.B. Satya Narayan Reddy – A freedom fighter, socialist leader and former governor of Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
1934 – Sudhakarrao Naik – Indian National Congress politician.
1979 – Pema Khandu – India’s youngest and the current Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
1915 – Ismat Chughtai – Famous in Indian literature as a famous and powerful storyteller.
1910 – Narayan Sridhar Bendre – was a famous Indian painter.
Died on 21 August
2009 – Babulal Gaur – Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
2007 – Qurratulain Hyder – Famous Urdu writer.
2006 – Ustad Bismillah Khan – Eminent shehnai player awarded ‘Bharat Ratna’.
1995 – Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar – Astrophysicist.
1981 – Kaka Kalelkar – India’s famous Gandhian freedom fighter, educationist, journalist and writer.
1978 – Veenu Mankad – was one of the greatest cricketers of India. His name is counted among the best all-rounders in the world.
1948 – Vamanrao Baliram Lakhe – One of the freedom fighters of Chhattisgarh who fought for India’s independence.
1931 – Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, famous classical singer