August 21: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on August 21 throughout history. The Gregorian calendar’s 233rd day is August 21. On this day, a Louvre employee stole the Mona Lisa, Motown released its first #1 single in the United States, and Tiger Woods won the 82nd PGA Championship.

Leo is the zodiac sign for August 21. Usain Bolt, Hayden Panettiere, and Kenny Rogers all have famous birthdays. The Day of Arafah, National Senior Citizens Day, and Ninoy Aquino Day all fall on August 21.


Happy Birthday! (August 21, 1765)
William IV of the United Kingdom. photo source:


(August 21, 1911)
On this day in 1911, three Italian handymen stole Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa from the Louvre; it was not discovered until 1913, and the media frenzy helped make it one of the world's most famous paintings.

(August 21, 1942)
The animated film Bambi was released in theatres in the United States, and it quickly became a Disney classic, notable for its beautiful hand-drawn animation and sensitive affective narrative.

(August 21, 1991)
Latvia proclaimed independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

(August 21, 2017)
The continental United States witnessed a total solar eclipse for the first time in nearly 40 years, which was visible from Oregon to South Carolina.

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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