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On This Day In History for August 21, 2019
This is the 233rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 132 days remaining in 2019.
- It was on this date in 1770, that James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
- 198 years ago today, Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
- That same date in 1883, An F5 tornado struck Rochester, Minnesota, leading to the creation of the Mayo Clinic.
- Also today in 1888, The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
- It was on this date in 1897, that Oldsmobile, an American automobile manufacturer and marque, is founded.
- 108 years ago today, The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincenzo Perugia, a Louvre employee.
- That same date in 1945, Physicist Harry Daghlian is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
- It was 62 years ago today, that The Soviet Union successfully conducts a long-range test flight of the R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile.
- August 21, 1961, Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit (in America), “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes.
- It was also this date in 1993 that NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.
- Also on August 21, 2017, A solar eclipse traverses the continental United States.
Happy birthday goes out on this date to:
- French mathematician and engineer, Hubert Gautier, born on this date in 1660.
- Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer and mathematician was born on that same date in 1665.
- Scottish engineer and inventor, created gas lighting, William Murdoch was born 265 years ago today.
- Jean Stas, the Belgian chemist and physician was born 206 years ago today.
- French chemist and academic, Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, born on this date in 1816.
- Nathaniel Everett Green, the English painter and astronomer was born 196 years ago today.
- Friz Freleng, American animator, director, and producer was born on that same date in 1906.
- Russian mathematician and physicist, Nikolay Bogolyubov was born 110 years ago today.
- Also born on that same date in 1938, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor, Kenny Rogers.
- Hungarian-American mathematician and computer scientist, Endre Szemerédi, born on this date in 1940.
- Also born on that same date in 1951, Chilean mathematician and computer scientist, Eric Goles.
- English-Canadian actress, Kim Cattrall, born on this date in 1956.
- Canadian actress, Carrie-Anne Moss is 52 today.
- Russian-American computer scientist and businessman, co-founded Google, Sergey Brin, born on this date in 1973.
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- 22 – Kyle Slingo
- 22 – AlchemyDragon
- 24 – Kira Fiore (Krazy Joe & Christine’s daughter)
- 25 – David “Grizzly” Smith from Grizzly’s Growls podcasts
- 27 – Chuck’s forgotten iPod
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And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for August 21, 2019
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