1791 ~ The Haitian Revolution began on the 21st August 1791.
1821 – Jarvis Island was discovered on the 21st August 1821, by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
1858 ~ Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria the Archduke of Austria and Crown Prince of Austria–Hungary was born at Schloss Laxenburg, a castle near Vienna, on the 21st August 1858 (died 30 January 1889 aged 30). Rudolf’s suicide death with his mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera, at his Mayerling hunting lodge in 1889 made international headlines.
1897 – Oldsmobile, a brand of American automobiles was founded on the 21st August 1897..
1904 – William “Count” Basie the American bandleader was born on the 21st August 1904 (died 1984).
1905 – Friz Freleng the American animator, director, and producer was born on the 21st August 1905 (died 1995)
1911 – The Mona Lisa was stolen by a Louvre employee on the 21st August 1911.
1920 – Christopher Robin Milne the British soldier and bookseller was born on the 21st August 1920 (died 1996).
1928 – Art Farmer the American trumpet player was born on the 21st August 1928 (died 1999)
1930 – Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was born on the 21st August 1930 (died 2002).
1944 – Jackie DeShannon the American singer-songwriter was born on the 21st August 1944.
1938 – Kenny Rogers the American singer and actor was born on the 21st August 1938.
1940 – Leon Trotsky the Russian politician and theorist died on the 21st August 1940 (born 1879).
1956 – Kim Cattrall the British-born Canadian actress was born on the 21st August 1956.
1991 – Latvia declared renewal of its full independence on the 21st August 1991, after the occupation of Soviet Union.
2013 ~ The Ghouta alleged chemical attacks on the 21st August 2013, with approximately 1300 people killed, when a series of alleged chemical attacks in the Ghouta region of the Rif Dimashq Governorate of Syria occurred, although the Syrian government and Army deny that chemical attacks occurred. The Syrian government prevented United Nations investigators from reaching the sites of the attacks, despite their accommodations being only a few kilometers away.
Today in History for August 21st ~ video presented by the Associated Press…