On this day: August 21

Published On: Aug 20 2012 02:02:16 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 21 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Count Basie
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1904: Jazz musician, composer and bandleader William "Count" Basie, who introduced several generations of listeners to the Big Band sound and recorded an influential catalog, is born in Red Bank, New Jersey. He died of pancreatic cancer at age 79 on April 26, 1984.

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