Today in History: Today is Thursday, October 21, the 294th day of 2021.
The highlight of today’s history:
On October 21, 1966, 144 people, including 116 children, were killed when a landslide of waste coal engulfed a school and some 20 homes in Aberfan, Wales.
To this date :
In 1797, the US Navy frigate Constitution, also known as the “Old Ironsides”, was christened in Boston Harbor.
In 1805, a British fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated a Franco-Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however, was killed.
In 1879, Thomas Edison developed an electric light for use in his laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ
In 1944, during World War II, American troops captured the German city of Aachen (AH’-kuhn).
In 1945, women in France were allowed to vote in parliamentary elections for the first time.
In 1967, the Israeli destroyer INS Eilat (ay-LAHT ‘) was sunk by Egyptian missile boats near Port-Said (sah-EED’); 47 Israeli crew members were lost. Tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters began two days of protests in Washington, DC
In 1969, poet and author Jack Kerouac died in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 47.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the Supreme Court of the United States. (Both nominees have been confirmed.)
In 2001 in Washington, DC, postman Thomas L. Morris Jr. died of inhalation anthrax as authorities began testing thousands of postal workers.
In 2012, former Senator and 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern, 90, died in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
In 2014, North Korea brutally released Jeffrey Fowle, an American, nearly six months after his arrest for leaving a Bible in a nightclub. Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, 93, has died in Washington.
In 2015, Vice President Joe Biden announced he would not run for the White House campaign in 2016, further strengthening Hillary Rodham Clinton’s status as Democratic leader.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama declared that the long and deeply unpopular US war in Iraq would be over by the end of 2011 and that all US troops “will definitely be home for the holidays” .
Five years ago: Cyber attacks on the server farms of a key Internet company repeatedly interrupted access to major websites and online services, including Twitter, Netflix and PayPal across the United States.
A year ago: Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, the party’s 2012 presidential candidate, told CNN he voted in the Nov. 3 election, but not for Donald Trump. Former President Barack Obama made his first in-person campaign pitch for Joe Biden, urging Philadelphia voters, especially black men, not to stay out of the election and risk having Trump re-elected. Spain became the first country in Western Europe to reach more than one million confirmed cases of coronavirus. The Justice Department said drugmaker Purdue Pharma, the company behind the potent prescription pain reliever OxyContin that experts said helped spark an opioid epidemic, would plead guilty to federal criminal charges in a settlement of over $ 8 billion. At least 10 bodies were found in an anonymous mass grave in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where investigators were looking for the remains of victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Joyce Randolph is 97 years old. Rock singer Manfred Mann is 81 years old. Musician Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the MG’s) is 80 years old.
Singer Elvin Bishop is 79 years old. Television judge Judy Sheindlin is 79 years old. Actor Everett McGill is 76 years old. Musician Lee Loughnane (LAHK’-nayn) (Chicago) is 75 years old. Actor Dick Christie is 73 years old. Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is 72 years old. Actor LaTanya Richardson Jackson is 72 years old. Musician Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go’s) is 68 years old. Director Catherine Hardwicke is 66 years old. Singer Julian Cope is 64 years old. Rock musician Steve Lukather (Toto) is 64 years old. Actor Ken Watanabe (wah-tah-NAH’-bee) is 62 years old. Actress Melora Walters is 61. Rock singer-musician Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator) is 50 years old. Christian rock musician Charlie Lowell (Jars of Clay) is 48 years old. Actor Jeremy Miller is 45 years old. Country singer Matthew Ramsey (Old Dominion) is 44 years old. Actor Will Estes is 43 years old. Actor Michael McMillian is 43 years old. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian (kahr-DASH’-ee-uhn) West is 41 years old. Actor Matt Dallas is 39 years old. Actor Charlotte Sullivan is 38 years old. Actor Aaron Tveit (tuh-VAYT ‘) is 38 years old. Actor Glenn Powell is 33 years old. Country singer Kane Brown is 28 years old.