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