August 21 – On This Day In History

21 August

What happened today in history?

  • 1770 – James Cook claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, calling it New South Wales.
  • 1959 – Hawaii is admitted to the United States as the 50th state of the union.

Who was born today?

  • 1936 – Wilt Chamberlain –  American basketball player.
  • 1952 – Joe Strummer – English singer-songwriter (The Clash).
  • 1986 – Usain Bolt – Jamaican sprinter.

 

Who died today?

  • 1940 – Leon Trotsky –  Russian politician.
  • 1988 – Ray Eames – American architect (the Eames House).

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