What Happened on August 21


Historical Events

1821 – Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances
1944 – Germans storm up Hill 262 (Mont Ormel) Normandy
1975 – Rick and Paul Reuschel become 1st brothers to pitch a combined shut out
1995 – Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 crashes near Carrollton, Georgia, killing 9 crew and passengers
2013 – 21 people are killed in flash floods in Qinghai province, China
2015 – Terrorist attack on train between Amsterdam and Paris thwarted by 4 passengers overpowering gunman

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Famous Birthdays

1670 – James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick, French military leader, born in Moulins, France (d. 1734)
1821 – William Barksdale, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Smyrna, Tennessee (d. 1863)
1825 – Kate Loder, British composer and pianist, born in Bathwick Street, Bathwick, England (d. 1904)
1927 – Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, born in Munich, Germany (d. 2017)
1941 – Jackie DeShannon [Sharon Lee Myers], American singer-songwriter (“What the World Needs Now Is Love”; “When You Walk In The Room”), born in Hazel, Kentucky
1951 – Bernhard Germeshausen, German bobsledder (Olympic gold x 4 GDR 1976, 80), born in Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Germany (d. 2022)

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Famous Deaths

1905 – Mary Mapes Dodge, American children’s author (St. Nicholas Magazine), editor and writer (Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates), dies at 74
1943 – (Abraham) A. Merritt, American magazine editor and sci-fi author (The Moon Pool; Burn, Witch, Burn!), dies from a heart attack at 59
1960 – David Barnard Steinman, American civil engineer and bridge designer (Hudson, Triborough), dies at 74
1977 – Danny Lockin, American actor and dancer (Hello Dolly), dies after being stabbed at 34
2005 – Robert Moog, American engineer (Moog synthesizer, Moog Music), dies of a brain tumor at 71
2005 – Martin Dillon, American opera singer, dies of cardiac arrest at 48

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