On This Day In History, 21 August

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World Events Today

  • The American worldwide clothing and accessories retailer the Gap was formed today in 1969, the first store opened on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco
  • Latvia, officially known as the Republic of Latvia, restored its independence from the Soviet Union today in 1991
  • London’s iconic Big Ben chimed for the last time today in 2017, it would be silent for 4 years due to a planned renovation project on the Elizabeth Tower

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Walt Disney animated movie Bambi went on general release in the United States today in 1942
  • The England cricket legend Sir Ian Botham took his 356th Test Cricket wicket at The Oval today in 1986
  • The American dance movie Dirty Dancing, starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, went on general release in the United States today in 1987

Family Events Today

  • The American singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers, who sold over 100 million records worldwide, was born today in 1938 in Texas
  • The British actress Kim Cattrall, famed for her role as Samantha Jones in Sex and the City, was born today in 1956 in Liverpool
  • The Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, one of the greatest sprinters of all time, was born today in 1986

Main Event Today

  • The Italian thief Vincenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre today in 1911, it was returned 2 years later

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Spumoni Day

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