August 21

August 21 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on August 21, include:

  • God's Preeminence Day - August 21, 2016 (Third Sunday in August)
  • National Hug Your Boss Day - August 21, 2015 (Third Friday in August) 2016 - TBD
  • National Pecan Torte Day 
  • Poet's Day 
  • Senior Citizen's Day 

2016 Weekly Holidays that include August 21, are:

  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over - August 19 - September 5, 2016
  • Minority Enterprise Development Week - August 18-24
  • National Aviation Week - August 15-21 (Always during the week of Orville Wright's Birthday on August 19)
  • North American Organic Brewers Week - August 18-21, 2016

2016 Monthly Holidays that include August 21, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our August Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of August.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events

  • XXXI Summer Olympic Games 2016 - August 5-August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 21 is Leo.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of August are:

  • Gladiolus - Strength, moral integrity, remembrance, infatuation. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange.  It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.


The Birthstone(s) for August is:

  • Peridot which is known for its shimmering yellow-green color and the peace and good luck it brings to its wearer.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1754 - William Murdoch, Scottish engineer and inventor who created gas lighting (d. 1839)
  • 1930 - Princess Margaret, countess of Snowdon and Sister of Queen Elizabeth II (d. 2002)
  • 1938 - Kenny Rogers, American country singer, songwriter, actor
  • 1956 - Kim Cattrall, English-American actress (Sex and the City)
  • 1989 - Hayden Panettiere, American actress and singer (Heroes, Nashville)

Famous Deaths

  • 1796 - John McKinly, American physician and politician who was the 1st Governor of Deleware (b. 1721)
  • 2005 - Robert Moog, American businessman who was the pioneer of electronic music and founder of Moog Music (b. 1934)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1745 - Peter III, (Future Russian Czar) marries Ekaterina Alexeivna who is later known as Catherine the Great
  • 1982 - Singer Bono (Lead singer of U2) marries businesswoman and activist Alison "Ali" Stewart
  • 2010 - Actor and director Stephen Moyer marries actress Anna Paquin (both stars of True Blood)

Quote of the Day

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

Kiwi and Pomegranate

Planning allows you to take a poor habit, and develop a plan to change that habit, and then develop a healthy diet habit that works for you.

We have all heard the saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. What that means is that success belongs to those who plan. If you cruise along with no plans, you will likely fail. You will have no measurable goal to shoot for. Everyone needs goals related to weight control, and these goals should be planned.

Find out more tips on Planning to Change a Habit from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits.  (link goes to her website)

This Day in History

  • 1770 - James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, and names it New South Wales (See our Holidays in Australia page)
  • 1831 - Nat Turn leads black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion in Southampton Country in Virginia that kills 55
  • 1883 - The Mayo Clinic is started when an F5 tornado strikes Rochester, Minnesota
  • 1888 - The adding machine is patented in the United States by William Seward Burroughs
  • 1897 - Oldsmobile begins production as a General Motors Corp. division in America
  • 1911 - The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee
  • 1942 - During World War II a Nazi flag is installed atop the Mount Elbrus, the highest peak of the Caucasus mountain range
  • 1944 - The Dumbarton Oaks Conference which is the prelude to the United Nations, begins
  • 1959 - United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii as the 50th state of the union.
  • 1972 - The 1st hot air balloon flight over the Alps
  • 1979 - Russian dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States
  • 1986 - A volcanic eruption in Lake Nyos in Cameroon releases poison gas that kills over 1,800 people
  • 1987 - The movie Dirty Dancing starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey premieres
  • 2013 - In the Ghouta region of Syria, hundreds of people are killed by chemical attacks

This Day in Music

  • 1961 - Please Mr. Postman by the Marvelettes is released by Motown and would become their #1 hit
  • 1961 - Crazy by Patsy Cline is recorded
  • 1961 - The album Something For Everybody by Elvis Presley hits #1
  • 1965 - The album Out of Our Heads by the Rolling Stones hits #1
  • 1965 - Do You Believe in Magic? by the Lovin' Spoonful is released
  • 1968 - Sexy Sadie by The Beatles is recorded
  • 1976 - Elvis Presley records pass the 400 million mark in worldwide sales
  • 1980 - Pirates of Penzance staring Linda Rondstadt opens on Broadway
  • 1991 - Pearl Jam releases their debut album named Ten
  • 2012 - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift becomes the single with the biggest digital sales record (623,000 copies) for a female recording artist.

The Lovin' Spoonful released Do You Believe in Magic? on August 21, 1965. It was just one of those feel good songs with catchy words.

Please check out our Music Holidays page!

This Day in Sports

  • 1931 - Babe Ruth hits his 600th HR
  • 1932 - Wes Ferrell is the 1st to win 20 games in each of his 1st 4 seasons
  • 1966 - Mickey Wright wins the LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
  • 1977 - Donna Patterson Brice sets the high speed water skiing record at 111.11 mph
  • 1985 - Mary Decker Slaney set a new world record for a mile run at 4:16.71
  • 1986 - Spike Owens of the Red Sox scores 6 runs in a 24-5 game with the Cleveland Indians
  • 1986 - With 2 outs in the 6th inning, the Red Sox score 11 runs
  • 1987 - A new harness racing mile was set by Mack Lobell at 1:52

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

 Eunoia (noun)

1. (rhetoric) Goodwill towards an audience, either perceived or real; the perception that the speaker has the audience's interest at heart.
2. (medicine, psychology) A state of normal adult mental health.

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