(Saturday, August 21, 1993) — “Few and Far Between” by 10,000 Maniacs peaked at #95 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, August 21, 1943) — “In the Blue of Evening” by Tommy Dorsey (with Frank Sinatra on vocals) was the #1 song on today’s Billboard National List of Best Selling Retail Records chart for the first of three weeks (August 21/28, September 4, 1943).
(Friday, August 21, 1863; during the American Civil War) — The pro-Union town of Lawrence, Kansas, was attacked today by William Quantrill’s pro-Confederate raiders, who killed an estimated 200 men and boys. The raid became notorious in the North as one of the most vicious atrocities of the Civil War.
Video: 'The Assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr.' (parts 1-6)
(Sunday, August 21, 1983, just after 1:05 p.m. local time) — Filipino opposition leader Benigno Aquino, regarded as the strongest challenger to President Ferdinand E. Marcos, was assassinated today as he stepped off a plane at Manila International Airport, returning from three years’ self-exile in the United States.