August 21 – Voyager 2 begins the flyby of Neptune and more

History is something that illuminates the culture and its origin. It also forecasts the awareness and how and when everything evolved and fell into pl

History is something that illuminates the culture and its origin. It also forecasts the awareness and how and when everything evolved and fell into place. It not only helps us trace the origins of the past but also helps us understand it better which leads to an understanding of the present more desirably. We, at Brag Social, try to keep you updated with the happening of past and present through our today column. Let us now read the historical milestones of August 21.

1944: The Dumbarton Oaks conference, which lays the foundation for the establishment of the United Nations, is held in Washington, D.C.

Representatives from China, the Soviet Union, the United States and the United Kingdom formulated proposals for a world organization that became the foundation ground for the United Nations. The conference comprised of proposals for the establishment of a general international organization. Unfortunately, the Dumbarton Oaks conference failed to serve its purpose in establishing the UN. At the San Francisco conference, these proposals were drawn up again and negotiations were put forth which led to the formation of the charter of the United Nations in 1945.

1959: Hawaii becomes the 50th US state

The second world war ended in 1945, which led the States to embark upon a long journey towards Statehood. It was in 1959, August 21 when Hawaii was admitted to the union and became the 50th US state. Hawaii’s population and economy grew well, as their sugar and pineapple production was increased in order to satisfy the US mainland.

1972: US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched.

On 21st August, 1972, the astronomical observatory satellite, Copernicus was launched and continued observing until February 1981. The ultraviolet emissions from interstellar gas and stars that were located in the comprehensive Milky Way galaxy were deeply studied under this satellite. Several pulsars were detected by this satellite as it carried four X-ray detectors.

1976: Mary Langdon in Battle, East Sussex, becomes Britain’s first firewoman.

Mary Langdon was UK’s first female firefighter to be formally admitted in a brigade. While working on a farm in battle she had read about the drought that caused a strain on the fire brigade. Bottling up all her fear, she walked in for the entrance of battle fire station and on her very first day became the famous poster girl who was 25 years old and an inspiration to everyone.

1989: Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune.

Voyager 2, NASA’s human-made spacecraft made a close flyby of the planet Neptune which gave mankind it’s first close-up of the solar system’s eighth planet. The solar system’s four giant planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune were included in the Grand Tour marking the Voyager’s end mission

1996: The new Globe theater opens in England.

The new Globe theater also known as Shakespeare’s Globe was a reconstruction of the former Globe theater built in 1599 and rebuilt in 1614. William Shakespeare wrote plays for the former Globe theater which was an Elizabethan playhouse in London. With the modern safety requirements, the theatre accommodates 1,400 spectators while the former Globe accommodated 3,000 spectators.

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