Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/August 21

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This is a list of selected August 21 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only five to six events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article, featured list or picture of the day.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Youth Day and King Mohammed's Birthday in Morocco; Morocco: refimprove; Mohammed VI: refimprove section
Ninoy Aquino Day in the Philippines refimprove
1680 – Several tribes of Pueblo Indians captured the town of Santa Fe in Nuevo México. unreferenced section
1772 – A bloodless coup d'état led by Gustav III was completed with the adoption of a new Swedish Constitution. unreferenced section
1791 – A slave rebellion erupted in the French colony of Saint-Domingue, starting the Haitian Revolution. refimprove section
1944 – Delegations from Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States, met at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. to discuss the formation of the United Nations. unreferenced section
1959 – Under the terms of the Hawaii Admission Act and a subsequent plebiscite, the Territory of Hawaii was officially admitted as the 50th U.S. state. lots of CN tags
1968 – The Prague Spring, a period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia, abruptly ended after Warsaw Pact troops invaded the country, killing 72 Czechoslovaks and arresting their leader Alexander Dubček. refimprove section
1968Private First Class James Anderson Jr. of the U.S. Marine Corps became the first African-American Marine Corps recipient of the Medal of Honor. kind of short
1982Lebanese Civil War: The first troops of a multinational force landed in Beirut to oversee the Palestine Liberation Organization withdrawal from Lebanon. unreferenced sections
1983 – Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino Jr. was assassinated moments after stepping off a plane at the Manila International Airport from his self-imposed exile in the United States. Aquino: unreferenced section; Assassination: unreferenced section, refimprove section



  • Cable 243 appears on August 24, so Xá Lợi Pagoda raids should not appear in the same year

August 21

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas

Baldwin II of Jerusalem (d. 1131) · Emily Tinne (b. 1886) · Emma Mashinini (b. 1929)

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