What happend on 21.08 in history
2005Pope Benedict XVI concludes World Youth Day with a mass. Over 800,000 people attended the closing liturgy.
2004A grenade attack on Bangladesh Awamee League, the bigest political party in Bangladesh kills 22 and injures more than a thousand, including party president Sheikh Hasina.
2002Jean ChrÃ©tien, Prime Minister of Canada, announces that he will not seek re-election and would resign within eighteen months.
2001NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
2001A sixth-century temple is discovered in central Mexico.
2001The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
1998The United States destroys a pharmaceutical plant (erroneously believed to be a chemical weapons plant) in Sudan.
1997The British Rock Group Oasis release album, Be Here Now.
1993NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.
1991Latvia declares its full independence from the Soviet Union.
1991Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.
1987Hard rock band Guns 'N Roses release their classic debut Appetite for Destruction.
1986Toxic gas erupts from volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, killing over 1700 people.
1976Operation Paul Bunyan at Panmunjeom, Korea
1971Black Panther George Jackson is shot and killed in the prison yard at California's San Quentin prison.
1968Soviet Union-dominated Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia.
1959President Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union.
1944Dumbarton Oaks Conference, prelude to the United Nations, begins.
1911The Mona Lisa was stolen by a Louvre employee.
1888The first successful adding machine in the United States was patented by William Seward Burroughs.
1879The Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist reportedly appear to the people of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.
1878The American Bar Association is founded
1863Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerillas Quantrill's Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.
1862The Vienna Stadtpark opens its gates.
1858The Lincoln-Douglas debates begin
1856America's first consul to Japan, Townsend Harris, arrives in Shimoda. (Traditional Japanese date: July 21, 1856)
1852Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory
1842The city of Hobart, Tasmania, is founded.
1841The venetian blind is first patented in the United States by John Hampson.
1831Nat Turner leads slave revolt in Southampton County, Virginia
1772King Gustav III completes his coup d'etat by adopting a new Constitution, ending half a century of parliamentary rule in Sweden and installing him as an enlightened despot.
1770James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
1680Pueblo Indians capture Santa Fe from Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt
1192Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai ShÅgun and the de facto ruler of Japan. (Traditional Japanese date: July 12, 1192)