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Tuesday 21 August 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Statehood Day (Hawai`i, 1959)

Events

  • 2017 – An eclipse traverses the continental United States.
  • 2000 - Tiger Woods, American professional golfer, wins the 82nd PGA Championship and becomes the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win 3 majors in a calendar year.
  • 1982 – Lebanese Civil War: The first troops of a multinational force lands in Beirut to oversee the Palestine Liberation Organization's withdrawal from Lebanon.
  • 1968 – James Anderson, Jr. posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine.
  • 1961 – American country music singer Patsy Cline returns to record producer Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville, Tennessee to record her vocals to Willie Nelson's "Crazy", which would become her signature song.
  • 1961 – Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes.
  • 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
  • 1957 – The Soviet Union successfully conducts a long-range test flight of the R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile.
  • 1942 – World War II: The Guadalcanal Campaign: American forces defeat an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru.
  • 1901 – Six hundred American school teachers, Thomasites, arrived in Manila on the USAT Thomas.
  • 1897 – Oldsmobile, a brand of American automobiles, is founded.
  • 1888 – The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
  • 1821 – Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
  • 1808 – Battle of Vimeiro: British and Portuguese forces led by General Arthur Wellesley defeat French force under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot near the village of Vimeiro, Portugal, the first Anglo-Portuguese victory of the Peninsular War.
  • 1778 – American Revolutionary War: British forces begin besieging the French outpost at Pondichéry.

Births

  • 1989 – Hayden Panettiere, American actress
  • 1988 – Kacey Musgraves, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1984 – Melvin Upton, Jr., American baseball player
  • 1981 – Cameron Winklevoss, American rower and businessman, co-founded ConnectU
  • 1981 – Tyler Winklevoss, American rower and businessman, co-founded ConnectU
  • 1980 – Burney Lamar, American race car driver
  • 1980 – Paul Menard, American race car driver
  • 1979 – Kelis, American singer-songwriter, producer, chef and author
  • 1978 – Jason Marquis, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Lee Gronkiewicz, American baseball player and coach
  • 1978 – Reuben Droughns, American football player and coach
  • 1976 – Alex Brooks, American ice hockey player and scout
  • 1976 – Jeff Cunningham, Jamaican-American soccer player
  • 1976 – Ramón Vázquez, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and coach
  • 1973 – Sergey Brin, Russian-American computer scientist and businessman, co-founded Google
  • 1970 – Craig Counsell, American baseball player and coach
  • 1967 – Serj Tankian, Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer
  • 1966 – John Wetteland, American baseball player and coach
  • 1965 – Jim Bullinger, American baseball player
  • 1962 – John Korfas, Greek-American basketball player and coach
  • 1961 – Stephen Hillenburg, American marine biologist, cartoonist, and animator
  • 1959 – Jim McMahon, American football player and coach
  • 1957 – Frank Pastore, American baseball player and radio host (d. 2012)
  • 1956 – Jon Tester, American farmer and politician
  • 1954 – Archie Griffin, American football player
  • 1954 – Steve Smith, American drummer (Journey)
  • 1953 – Ivan Stang, American author, publisher, and director
  • 1951 – Chesley V. Morton, American businessman and politician
  • 1949 – Loretta Devine, American actress and singer
  • 1947 – Carl Giammarese, American singer-songwriter and musician (The Buckinghams)
  • 1945 – Jerry DaVanon, American baseball player
  • 1945 – Patty McCormack, American actress
  • 1945 – Willie Lanier, American football player
  • 1944 – Jackie DeShannon, American singer-songwriter
  • 1943 – Hugh Wilson, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1943 – Jonathan Schell, American journalist and author (d. 2014)
  • 1943 – Lucius Shepard, American author and critic (d. 2014)
  • 1940 – Endre Szemerédi, Hungarian-American mathematician and computer scientist
  • 1939 – Clarence Williams III, American actor
  • 1939 – James Burton, American Hall of Fame guitarist
  • 1938 – Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
  • 1937 – Donald Dewar, Scottish lawyer and politician, 1st First Minister of Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 1937 – Robert Stone, American novelist and short story writer (d. 2015)
  • 1936 – Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player and coach (d. 1999)
  • 1932 – Melvin Van Peebles, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1930 – Frank Perry, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1995)
  • 1929 – Herman Badillo, Puerto Rican-American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1929 – X. J. Kennedy, American poet, translator, anthologist, editor
  • 1928 – Addison Farmer, American bassist (d. 1963)
  • 1928 – Art Farmer, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1999)
  • 1928 – Bud McFadin, American football player (d. 2006)
  • 1927 – Thomas S. Monson, American religious leader, 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • 1924 – Jack Buck, American sportscaster (d. 2002)
  • 1924 – Jack Weston, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1923 – Keith Allen, Canadian-American ice hockey player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)
  • 1918 – Billy Reay, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2004)
  • 1916 – Bill Lee, American actor and singer (d. 1980)
  • 1906 – Friz Freleng, American animator, director, and producer (d. 1995)
  • 1904 – Count Basie, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1984)
  • 1891 – Emiliano Mercado del Toro, Puerto Rican-American soldier (d. 2007)
  • 1884 – Chandler Egan, American golfer and architect (d. 1936)
  • 1800 – Hiram Walden, American general and politician (d. 1880)
  • 1754 – William Murdoch, Scottish engineer and inventor, created gas lighting (d. 1839)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Bajram Rexhepi, First Kosovan Prime Ministers of UN mission administration in Kosovo . (b. 1954)
  • 2015 – Jimmy Evert, American tennis player and coach (b. 1924)
  • 2014 – Steven R. Nagel, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1946)
  • 2013 – C. Gordon Fullerton, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – Jean Berkey, American lawyer and politician (b. 1938)
  • 2013 – Sid Bernstein, American record producer (b. 1918)
  • 2012 – J. Frank Raley Jr., American soldier and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – William Thurston, American mathematician and academic (b. 1946)
  • 2008 – Jerry Finn, American engineer and producer (b. 1969)
  • 2007 – Elizabeth P. Hoisington, American general (b. 1918)
  • 2005 – Martin Dillon, American tenor and educator (b. 1957)
  • 2005 – Robert Moog, American businessman, founded Moog Music (b. 1934)
  • 2000 – Tomata du Plenty, American singer-songwriter and playwright (b. 1948)
  • 1995 – Chuck Stevenson, American racing driver (b. 1919)
  • 1995 – Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Indian-American astrophysicist and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • 1993 – Tatiana Troyanos, American soprano and actress (b. 1938)
  • 1988 – Ray Eames, American architect, co-designed the Eames House (b. 1912)
  • 1978 – Charles Eames, American architect, co-designed the Eames House (b. 1907)
  • 1974 – Buford Pusser, American police officer (b. 1937)
  • 1971 – George Jackson, American activist and author, co-founded the Black Guerrilla Family (b. 1941)
  • 1960 – David B. Steinman, American engineer, designed the Mackinac Bridge (b. 1886)
  • 1947 – Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French engineer and businessman, founded Bugatti (b. 1881)
  • 1940 – Ernest Thayer, American poet and author (b. 1863)
  • 1940 – Leon Trotsky, Russian theorist and politician, founded the Red Army (b. 1879)
  • 1854 – Thomas Clayton, American lawyer and politician (b. 1777)
  • 1814 – Benjamin Thompson, American-English physicist and colonel (b. 1753)
  • 1796 – John McKinly, American physician and politician, 1st Governor of Delaware (b. 1721)
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