August 21, 1930 - HRH Princess Margaret, The Queens sister

August 21, 1904 - Count Baise, US bandleader and jazz player

August 21, 1754 - William Murdock, Scottish inventor

August 21, 1765 - King William IV

August 21, 1933 - Barry Norman, Television presenter

August 21, 1872 - Aubrey Beardsley, English illustrator

August 21, 1938 - Kenny Rogers, American singer/songwriter

August 21, 1991 - An attempted coup against Mikial Gorbachev was stopped by Boris Yeltsin

August 21, 1986 - A report on the Chernobyl disaster blamed 'human error'

August 21, 1984 - There were widespread arrests on the eve of South African coloured elections

August 21, 1963 - Martial law was imposed in South Vietnam

August 21, 1959 - Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States of America

August 21, 1939 - Civil Defence, because of the impending war, was started in Britain

August 21, 1915 - Italy declared war on Turkey

August 21, 1900 - Allied forces overan Peking's inner city