Failed marriage plans, a slave revolt and the death of Trotsky: 3 things that happened On This Day 21 August

What happened on this day in history? We round up three famous events, births, battles and deaths...

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21 August

1940: Leon Trotsky died of his injuries after being struck on the head with an ice pick by Soviet agent Ramon Mercader, who attacked him in his study.

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1612: Diego Sarmiento, 1st Count of Gondomar, was appointed Spanish ambassador to London. His plans to arrange a marriage between Prince Charles and the infanta Maria Anna of Spain eventually came to nothing.

1831: Outbreak in Southampton County, Virginia, of Nat Turner’s slave revolt: more than 50 whites were killed in the rebellion. In its suppression more than 100 enslaved Africans were killed and 16 more were hanged, including Turner himself.
 

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Compiled by Julian Humphrys – You can follow Julian on Twitter @GeneralJules