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This Day in History for August 21

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1841 – John Hampton patents venetian blinds.

1897 – Oldsmobile first manufactured by Olds Motor Vehicle Co. in Lansing, Michigan.

1901 – Baltimore Orioles pitcher Joe McGinnity is suspended from NL for punching & spitting on umpire Tom Connolly in previous day’s 5-2 loss to Detroit tigers; lifetime suspension reduced to 12 days.

1926 – Chicago White Sox pitcher Ted Lyon no hits Boston Red Sox, 6-0 in just 67 minutes at Fenway Park.

1942 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Bambi”, based on the book of Felix Salten, is released.

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

1952 – Baseball player representatives Ralph Kiner (NL) & Allie Reynolds (AL) hire labor leader John Norman Lewis at $15,000 to give legal advice to players in negotiations with team owners.

1959 – Hawaii becomes the 50th US state.

1962 – Verne Gagne beats Mister M (doctor X) in Minn, to become National Wrestling Association Champ.

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

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

1982 – Rollie Fingers (Brewers) becomes 1st pitcher to get save #300.

1987 – “Dirty Dancing” film directed by Emile Ardolino, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey opens in the US.

1989 – Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune.

1992 – US Marshals move in on Randy Weaver’s cabin in Ruby Ridge, Idaho to apprehend him on firearms charges; an 11 day stand-off ensues.

1995 – Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 crashes near Carrollton, Georgia, killing 9 crew and passengers.

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 products.

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.

2019 – US President Donald Trump says Danish PM Mette Frederiksen was ‘nasty’ to him over his interest in buying Greenland and cancels his trip to Denmark

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