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On This Day in History - 21st August


1754William Murdock, Scottish inventor
1765King William IV
1872Aubrey Beardsley, English illustrator
1904Count Baise, US bandleader and jazz player
1930HRH Princess Margaret, The Queens sister
1933Barry Norman, Television presenter
1938Kenny Rogers, American singer/songwriter


1900Allied forces overan Peking's inner city
1915Italy declared war on Turkey
1939Civil Defence, because of the impending war, was started in Britain
1959Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States of America
1963Martial law was imposed in South Vietnam
1984There were widespread arrests on the eve of South African coloured elections
1986A report on the Chernobyl disaster blamed 'human error'
1991An attempted coup against Mikial Gorbachev was stopped by Boris Yeltsin