August 21

1680

Pueblo Indians drove out the Spanish and took possession of Santa Fe, N.M.

1831

Nat Turner led an insurrection of slaves in Virginia.

1858

The famous debates between Senator Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln began in Illinois.

1911

The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre museum in France by an Italian waiter, Vicenzo Perruggia.

1940

Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City.

1945

Harry S. Truman announced the end of the Lend-Lease Program.

1959

Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States.

1983

Corazon Aquino's husband Benigno, who was Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos's chief political opponent, was assassinated.

1991

Latvia declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

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