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 - Peter Weir
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1944: Film director Peter Weir, best known for directing the Academy Award nominees "Witness," "Dead Poets Society," "Green Card," "The Truman Show" and "Master and Commander," is born in Sydney, Australia. He's also directed the movies "Gallipoli," "The Year of Living Dangerously" and "The Mosquito Coast."

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