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On this day: August 21

POSTED: 01:02 PM MDT Aug 20, 2012    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MDT Aug 21, 2013 

Lincoln and Douglas square off for the first time, Oldsmobile begins production, Hawaii becomes a state, and The Mona Lisa and the Mars Observer go missing, all on this day.

OTD August 21 - James Cook
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1770: James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.

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