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 This day in History - August 21
328 Historic Events for August 21
1961

Lance Earl Deal, Riverton Wyoming, hammer thrower (Olympics-silver-96)

Birth
1962

Verne Gagne beats Mister M (doctor X) in Minn, to become NWA champ

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1963

Martial law declared in S Vietnam, following raids on Buddhist pagodas

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1963

John Gunn, cricketer (England all-rounder in 6 Tests 1901-05), dies

Death
1963

Jerry Lynch's record 15th pinch-hit HR gives Pirates a 7-6 win

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1963

Melvin Douglas, Topeka KS, 198 lbs/90 kg freestyle wrestler (Oly-96)

Birth
1964

Palmiro Togliatti, founder (Communist Italian Party)/min of Just, dies

Death
1965

Jim Bullinger, New Orleans LA, pitcher (Chic Cubs)

Birth
1965

Gemini 5 launched into Earth orbit (2 astronauts)

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1965

Romania adopts constitution

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1965

The Crusher beats Mad Dog Vachon in St Paul, to become NWA champ

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1966

Mickey Wright wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open

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1966

John Wetteland, San Mateo CA, pitcher (NY Yanks, Rangers, Expos)

Birth
1967

Tuineau Alipate, NLF/WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy, Minn Vikings)

Birth
1967

Michael Bendetti, actor (Officer Tony McCann-21 Jump Street)

Birth
1967

Mikis Theodorakis arrested in Greece

Event
1967

Liquid gas tanker explodes in Martelange Belgium, 22 killed

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1967

Ken Harrelson becomes baseball's 1st free agent

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1967

China reports downing of 2 US bombers

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1968

Barbara Ann Moore, Spokane WA, playmate (Dec, 1992)

Birth
1968

Shinichi Iwasaki, hockey goaltender (Team Japan 1998)

Birth
1968

Vladimir Boudnik, Czech sculptor, commits suicide at about 45

Death
1968

William Dana reaches 80 km (last high-altitude X-15 flight)

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1968

Warsaw Pact forces enter Czechoslovakia to end reform movement

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1968

After 5 years Russia once again jams Voice of America radio

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