On this day: August 21

POSTED: 1:02 PM Aug 20 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 21 2015

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 - Randy Weaver
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1992: The Ruby Ridge Standoff begins near Randy Weaver's cabin in Idaho with a shootout between U.S. marshals and Weaver's son Sammy and Weaver's friend Kevin Harris. Weaver, a fugitive on an illegal weapon charge, would end up surrendering after an 11-day standoff that left his son, his wife Vicki, their family dog "Striker" and Deputy U.S. Marshal William Francis Degan dead. Weaver was ultimately acquitted of all charges except missing his original court date and violating his bail conditions, for which he was sentenced to 18 months and fined $10,000. Credited with time served, Weaver spent an additional four months in prison. Vicki Weaver is seen here in surveillance video taken during the first day of the standoff.


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