On This Day — August 21st
August 21st is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 132 days remaining until the end of the year.
1140 – Song dynasty general Yue Fei defeated an army led by Jin dynasty general Wuzhu at the Battle of Yancheng during the Jin–Song Wars.
1831 – Nat Turner led a slave revolt in Southampton County, Virginia, U.S., which was suppressed about 48 hours later.
1944 – World War II: A combined Canadian–Polish force captured the strategically important town of Falaise, France, in the final offensive of the Battle of Normandy.
1993 – NASA lost contact with its Mars Observer spacecraft, three days before orbital insertion.
2015 – Passengers subdued an attacker in a train heading from Amsterdam to Paris, resulting in four injuries, including the attacker himself.
Kim Cattrall turns 62
Carrie-Anne Moss turns 51
Usain Bolt turns 32
Hayden Panettiere turns 29
Bo Burnham turns 28