August 21st – This Day in History

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August 21st – This Day in History

1897 Olds Motor Works founded—which will later become Oldsmobile


1911 Theft of “Mona Lisa” is discovered


1920 Christopher Robin’s birthday (Son to A.A. Milne, who immortalized Christopher in her Winnie-the-Pooh books) 


1944 The seeds of the United Nations are planted


1959 Hawaii becomes 50th state


1972 US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched


1974 The Equal Educational Opportunities Act takes effect


1976 Mary Langdon in Battle, East Sussex, becomes Britain’s first firewoman


1980 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is founded


1986 In Cameroon 2,000 die from poison gas from a volcanic eruption


1988 Ceasefire in the 8-year war between Iran and Iraq.


1991 Attempted coup against Gorbachev collapses


2004 Michael Phelps wins eighth medal