#August21 Today In History

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*. 1911– The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee.
*.1936– Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa was born in Kaya, Kaduna. Musa was elected during Nigeria’s Second Republic as the first civilian governor of Kaduna state, on the platform of the People’s Redemption Party. His term commenced in 1979 and ended on June 23,1981 when he was impeached by the Kaduna state legislature. He was the first Nigerian governor to be impeached.
*. 1944– Dumbarton Oaks Conference, prelude to the United Nations, begins.
*.1944 – World War II: Canadian and Polish units capture the strategically important town of Falaise, Calvados, France.
*. 1945– Physicist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr.is fatally irradiated in a criticality  accident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos  National Laboratory.
*. 1959– United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. Hawaii's admission is currently commemorated by Hawaii  Admission Day
*. 1961– Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, " Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes.
*. 1963– Xá Lợi Pagoda raids: The Army  of the Republic of Vietnam Special  Forces loyal to Ngo Dinh Nhu, brother of President Ngo Dinh Diem, vandalizes Buddhist pagodas across the country, arresting thousands and leaving an estimated hundreds dead.
*.1968 – James Anderson, Jr.posthumously receives the first Medal  of Honor to be awarded to an African  American U.S. Marine.
*. 1969– An Australian, Denis Michael  Rohan, sets the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire, a major catalyst of the formation of the Organisation of Islamic  Cooperation.
*. 1983– Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr.is assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now renamed Ninoy Aquino International  Airport).
*. 1986– Carbon dioxide gas erupts from volcanic Lake Nyosin Cameroon, killing up to 1,800 people within a 20-kilometer range.
*. 1991– Latvia declares renewal of its full independence after the occupation of Soviet Union.
*.1991 – Coup attempt against Mikhail  Gorbachev collapses.
*. 2001– NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
*.2001 – The Red Cross announces that a famine is striking Tajikistan, and calls for international financial aid for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
*. 2013– Hundreds of people are reported killed by chemical attacks in the Ghouta region of Syria


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