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August 21 in History

Update: August, 21/2012 - 10:45

 

1165

Birth of Philip II, King of France; he was one of the chief consolidators of the early French monarchy.

1911

Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre in Paris by an Italian waiter, Vicenzo Perruggia. It was recovered in 1913.

1941

Death of Vietnamese revolutionary Phung Chi Kien (born 1901). Together with Le Hong Phong and Ha Huy Tap, he organised the Indochinese Communist Party's Congress in 1934 and was elected to the Party Central Committee during the congress. Kien was arrested and executed by the French in 1941.

1944

Representatives of the US, Britain, Russia and China meet at Dumbarton Oaks near Washington to plan for the formation of the United Nations.

1959

Hawaii is admitted as the 50th state of the United States.

1973

The Democratic Republic of Viet Nam and Canada set up ambassadorial level diplomatic relations.

1990

The first pictures from Venus by the space probe Magellan show features similar to volcanoes and valleys on Earth.

2000

Efforts to reach the sunken Russian nuclear submarine Kursk end when divers say none of the 118 sailors on aboard survived the catastrophic explosion on the Barents Sea.

2007

Saddam Hussein's cousin known as "Chemical Ali" and 14 others go on trial on charges of crimes against humanity in the brutal suppression of a Shiite uprising that killed tens of thousands after the 1991 Gulf War. — AP/REUTERS

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