Today in History - August 21

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Tuesday, Aug 21 2012 by

1933 – Lighthouse keeper Thomas J. Steinhise risks his life in the face of fifteen-foot seas and 90-mph winds to assist the sinking tugboat Point Breeze.

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse (Birds Eye)
Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

1944 – The USS Bowfin sinks Tsushima Maru, an evacuation ship for schoolchildren, on her way from Okinawa to Kagoshima on August 21, 1944 . 1,484 civilians including 767 schoolchildren are killed.

USS Bowfin (SS-287) (StreetView)
USS Bowfin (SS-287)