August 21

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August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. There are 132 days remaining.


  • 1959: Hawaii becomes the 50th state of the United States of America.
  • 1998: The United States destroys a pharmaceutical plant (erroneously believed to be a chemical weapons plant) in Sudan with cruise missiles in response to the August 7 embassy bombings, and tries to kill Osama bin Laden in a cruise missile attack on his camp in Afghanistan, during a meeting of "terrorist leaders". But the participants had dispersed by the time the missiles struck, and bin Laden was unharmed.
  • 2001: The NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to Macedonia.
  • 2001: A sixth-century temple is discovered in central Mexico.
  • 2001: The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.


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