August 21

This Day in History

1991

August Coup Ends in USSR

On August 21, 1991, the communist hard-liner coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev ends with the arrest of the seven living conspirators. On August 18, the coup leaders, who were critical of … (more...)

1982

World’s Longest Reigning Monarch Dies

On this day in 1982, the world's longest-ruling monarch, Sobhuza II, King of Swaziland, died. Sobhuza II was king of Swaziland for 82 years, 254 days—the longest precisely dated monarchical reign on … (more...)