On this day: August 21

POSTED: 12:02 PM PDT Aug 20, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 20, 2014 

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 - Joe Strummer
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1952: Joe Strummer, the lead singer of the British punk band The Clash, is born under the birth name John Graham Mellor in Ankara, Turkey. He died from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect at age 50 on Dec. 22, 2002. Strummer and The Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 2003.

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