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This Day in History for August 21

1841 – John Hampton patents venetian blind.

1878 – American Bar Association organizes at Sarasota, NY.

1888 – American inventor William Seward Burroughs patents the adding machine.

1897 – Oldsmobile begins operation as a General Motors Corp. division.

1929 – Chicago Cardinals become 1st pro football team to train out of town.

1932 – Wes Ferrell is 1st to win 20 games in each of his 1st 4 seasons.

1945 – US President Harry Truman ends Lend-Lease program.

1959 – Hawaii becomes the 50th state.

1965 – Gemini 5 launched into Earth orbit (2 astronauts)

1967 – China reports downing of 2 US bombers.

1968 – Marine James Atkinson, Jr. is 1st African American to win Medal of Honor.

1975 – US lightens trade embargo against Cuba.

1983 – 110 degrees F at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record)

1987 – Clayton Lonetree, 1st US marine court-martialed for spying, convicted.

1995 – US marshals move in on Randy Weaver’s cabin in Idaho.

1997 – US government forces closure of Hudson Foods due to E Coli break out.

2007 – Hurricane Dean makes its first landfall in Costa Maya, Mexico with winds at 165 mph. Dean is the first storm since Hurricane Andrew to make landfall as a Category 5.

2017 – Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417M to woman who developed ovarian cancer after using their talc-based product.

2018 – Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, pleads guilty to charges including illegal payment at direction of Trump to women Trump had affairs with.

2018 – Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, is convicted on eight counts of fraud in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

2018 – Californian Representative Duncan Hunter indicted for using campaign funds for personal expenses including holidays and flight for a pet rabbit.

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