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This Day In History: Aug. 21

This Day in History

1831: Nat Turner, a Virginia slave, begins leading a local slave rebellion.
1858: The Lincoln - Douglas debates begin in Illinois.
1863: During the Civil War, Confederate William Clarke Quantrill launches a predawn raid on Lawrence, KS, killing 150 civilians and destroying much of the town.
1959: Hawaii is admitted to the Union as the 50th state.
1983: Benigno Aquino, the Philippine opposition leader, is shot and killed at the airport in Manila when he returns home after 3 years.
1993: NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer space probe as it nears Mars.
2002: President Bush publicly reiterates his support for "regime change" in Iraq .

Today's Birthdays

1872: Aubrey Beardsley, artist/illustrator (Brighton, England; died 1898)
1904: Count Basie, jazz musician/composer/bandleader (Red Bank, NJ; died 1984)
1923: Shimon Peres, former Israeli prime minister; 1994 Nobel laureate (Wolozyn, Poland). Chris Schenkel, sportscaster (Bippus, IN; died 2005)
1930: Princess Margaret, countess of Snowdon and sister of Queen Elizabeth II (Glamis, Scotland, d. 2002)
1936: Wilt Chamberlain, basketball player (Philadelphia, PA; died 1999)
1938: Kenny Rogers, singer/actor (Houston, TX)
1939: Clarence Williams III, actor (New York, NY)
1944: Jackie DeShannon, singer/songwriter (Hazel, KY)
1956: Kim Cattrall, actress (Liverpool, England)
1958: Steve Case, America Online executive (Honolulu, HI)
1967: Carrie-Ann Moss, actress (Vancouver, Canada)
1975: Alicia Witt, actress (Worcester, MA)


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