Many readers ask The Old Farmer's Almanac what happened on their birthday--or the birthday of a loved one.. To help out, we've put together an everything-birthdays page! Find fun birthday facts, birthday history, folklore, and more!
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Weather History for August 21
1888: Deadly tornado hit Wilmington Delaware
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Birthday Lore for August 21
With your magnetic and strong personality, you have great powers for good or evil; people instinctively follow your lead. You are critical, rather opinionated, aggressive, and adaptable, and your judgment is usually accurate. You enjoy music and strive to make your home pleasant and attractive.
Who Else Shares This Birthday?
Born 1959: Jim McMahon (football player)
Born 1936: Wilt Chamberlain (basketball player)
Born 1904: Count Basie (bandleader)
On This Day in History
1976: Four men possibly abducted by UFO, Allagash waterway, Maine
1888: William S. Burroughs received a patent for an adding machine
1965: Gemini 5 was launched and went on to break a record, spending eight days in space
Signs of the Zodiac
LEO (July 23-August 22)
The Lion. Ruling planet: Sun. Element: Fire. Quality: Dramatic. Ability: Natural leadership.You are the naturals of the zodiac. Unusually talented, you possess inherent abilities for which even you can’t account. Often dazzlingly charming, you light up a room with your presence, and all in attendance know where you are. Your broad smile and bright eyes make others feel warm and welcome.You always play to the audience. With dramatic effect, you tell your stories, pausing at the right places, occasionally gesturing for emphasis. You need to see a response. Some form of acknowledgment such as a pat on the back is as important to you as the air you breathe. You need to be noticed.