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21st August

1901 The Cadillac Motor Company was formed in Detroit, USA.

1904 * Count Basie, US jazz pianist and bandleader.

1911 Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris by an Italian waiter, Vicenzo Perruggia.

1930 * Princess Margaret Rose, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II.

1933 * Dame Janet Baker, English opera singer.

1933 * Barry Norman, English broadcaster and reviewer of films.

1940 Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City.

1959 Hawaii became the 50th state of the Union.

1968 Dozens were killed in a massive Soviet military clampdown in Czechoslovakia.

1973 The coroner presiding over the "Bloody Sunday" inquest accused the British army of "sheer unadulterated murder".

1983 Philippines opposition leader Benigno Aquino was assassinated minutes after returning home from exile.

1986 A huge glacier in Alaska was threatening to cause an ecological disaster in the region.

1986 At least 1,200 people were feared dead after volcanic gases escape from a lake in Cameroon.

1991 Mikhail Gorbachev returned as President of Russia as the rebel leaders were removed.

1991 Latvia declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

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