August 21: This Day In History

Count BasieAugust 21, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc talks about what happened on this day in history, including the day the Tlingit Indians destroyed Fort Selkirk, the day the Ruby Ridge Standoff began in Idaho, and the birthday of Count Basie.


Today is

Nino Aquino Day, (Philippines)

On This Day

1770- James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales

1831 –Nat Turner leads black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion

1843 –Henry Highland Garnet delivers his “Call to Rebellion” speech at the National Negro Convention. Called for enslaved blacks to act for themselves to achieve total emancipation.

1852 –Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory

1863 –Lawrence, Kansas is destroyed by Confederate guerrillas

1878 –The American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga, N.Y

1888 –The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroghs

1897 –Oldsmobile Automobiles founded today

1910 –George Franklin Gran. Pioneering dentist and inventor of the golf tee, died.

1911 –The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee

1918 –World War I: The Second Battle of the Somme begins

1959 –Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th State of the Union.

1963 – XaLoi Pagoda raids: Republic of Vietnam Speial Forces loyal to brother of President Ngo Dinh Diem. Vandalies Buddhist Pagodas across the country arresting thousands and leaving hundreds day

1968 –The family of James Anderson, Jr. Is presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor, making him the first African American United States Marine to receive the honor.

1969 – Denis Michael Rohan, sets the Al-Aqsa Mosque on fire, a major catalyst of the formation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

1983 –Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. is assassinated at the Manila International Airports

1987 –Sgt. Clayton Lonetree, the first Marine ever court-martialed for, spying was convicted in Quantico, VA., of passing secrets to the KGB

1991 –Latvia declares renewal of its full independence after the occupation of Soviet Union

1992 –Ruby Ridge Standoff in Idaho, 11 day siege began at the cabin of white separatist Randy Weaver

1998 –Juanita Kidd Stout, the first African American woman elected to judge and the first to serve on a state Supreme court, died.

2001 –NATO send a peace-keeping force to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

2002 – Jury in San Diego convicted David Westerfield of kidnapping and killing, 7-year-old Danielle van Dam

2006 –British prosecutors announced that 11 people had been charged in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners bound for the United States.

2009 –Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to lift a ban that prohibited sexually active gays and lesbians from serving as ministers.

2013 – Hundreds are reported killed by chemical attacks in the Ghouta region of Syria


1725 –Jean-Baptiste Greuze, French painter

1854 –Frank Andrew Munsey, American newspaper and magazine publisher

1872 –Audrey Beardsley, English illustrator; leader in the Aestheticism movement

1896 –Roark Bradford, American novelist and shorty story writer

1904 –Count Basie, American pianist and Composer

1936 –Wilton Norman “Wilt “Chamberlain, hall of fame basketball player, was born in Philadelphia, PA.

1939 –Festus Gontebanye Mogae, former president of the Republic of Botswana, born in Serowe, Botswana.

1986 -Usain six-time Olympic gold medalist, born on this day in Trelawney Jamaica

Sources: The People History; This Day in Labor History; Wikipedia List of Historical Anniversaries; This Day in Women’s History; This Day in African History;; History Orb; Yenoba; Selected Black Facts; Phil Konstantin’s North American Indian History; and This Day in Music