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Saturday, October 21th 2017

Today is the 294th day of 2017.  There are 71 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1797 The U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, was launched in Boston's harbor.
1805 A British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French and Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however, was killed.
1849 The first tattooed man, James F. O’Connell, was put on exhibition at the Franklin Theatre in New York City, NY
1879 Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out.
1917 Members of the First Division of the U.S. Army training in Luneville, France, became the first Americans to see action on the front lines of World War I.
1918 Margaret Owen set a typing speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter.
1925 The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations.
1925 The photoelectric cell was first demonstrated at the Electric Show in New York City, NY.
1944 U.S. troops captured the German city of Aachen during World War II.
1945 Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.
1950 Chinese forces invaded Tibet.
1959 The Guggenheim Museum opened to the public in New York. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
1960 Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon clashed in their fourth and final presidential debate.
1966 More than 140 people, mostly children, were killed when a coal waste landslide engulfed a school and several houses in south Wales.
1967 Tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters marched in Washington, D.C.
1971 President Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court.
1975 In one of the most dramatic home runs in World Series history, Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hit a ball that struck the left field foul pole in Boston's Fenway Park, giving the Red Sox a 7-6 victory in 12 innings over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 6
1980 The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series.
1983 The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there.
1986 The U.S. ordered 55 Soviet diplomats to leave. The action was in reaction to the Soviet Union expelling five American diplomats.
1986 Pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon claimed that they had abducted American writer Edward Tracy. He was not released until August of 1991
1988 A federal grand jury in New York indicted former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, on charges of fraud and racketeering. Marcos died before he could be brought to trial; his widow, Imelda, was acquitted in 1990.
1991 Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.
1994 Rosario Ames, the wife of CIA agent Aldrich Ames, was sentenced to five years in prison for her role in her husband's espionage.
1994 North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.
1998 Cancer specialist Dr. Jane Henney became the FDA's first female commissioner.
1998 The New York Yankees set a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and postseason combined.
1998 68 people were arrested in Indonesia for the killing spree that left nine suspected murderers dead.
2003 North Korea rejected U.S. President George W. Bush's offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.
2003 The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions.

Born on this day

1917 Dizzy Gillespie, [John B], jazz trumpeter, a creator of modern jazz
1928 Edward "Whitey" Ford, hall of fame pitcher (NY Yankees)
1949 Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister
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