History of 21 October

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History of 21 October

1917 – The first U.S. soldiers entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France.

1918 – Margaret Owen set a typing speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter.

1925 – The photoelectric cell was first demonstrated at the Electric Show in New York City, NY.

1925 – The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations.

1927 – In New York City, construction began on the George Washington Bridge.

1944 – During World War II, the German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops.

1945 – Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.

1950 – Chinese forces invaded Tibet.

1959 – The Guggenheim Museum was opened to the public in New York. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

1967 – Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War.

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.

1991 – Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.

1993 – The play “The Twilight of the Golds” opened.

1994 – North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.

1998 – The New York Yankees set a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and postseason combined.

1998 – Cancer specialist Dr. Jane Henney became the FDA’s first female commissioner.

2003 – The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial-birth abortions.

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.

2005 – images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in documenting its discovery.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Martin Castrogiovanni, Argentinian-Italian rugby player
  • 1981 – Nemanja Vidić, Serbian footballer
  • 1982 – Matt Dallas, American actor
  • 1982 – Jim Henderson, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Antony Kay, English footballer
  • 1982 – Hari Kondabolu, American comedian, actor, and podcaster
  • 1982 – Ray Ventrone, American football player
  • 1982 – Lee Chong Wei, Malaysian badminton player
  • 1982 – James White, American basketball player
  • 1982 – Tim Wildsmith, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1983 – Casey Fien, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Zack Greinke, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Gonzalo Klusener, the Argentinian footballer
  • 1983 – Andy Marte, Dominican baseball player (d. 2017)
  • 1983 – Amber Rose, American model
  • 1983 – Chris Sherrington, English-Scottish martial artist
  • 1983 – Ninet Tayeb, Israeli singer
  • 1983 – Shelden Williams, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Anna Bogdanova, Russian heptathlete
  • 1984 – Tom Brandstater, American football player
  • 1984 – Kenny Cooper, American soccer player
  • 1984 – Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, Canadian speed skater
  • 1984 – José Lobatón, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1984 – Marvin Mitchell, American football player
  • 1984 – Kieran Richardson, English footballer
  • 1985 – Simone Bracalello, Italian footballer
  • 1985 – Dean Collis, Australian rugby league player
  • 1986 – Almen Abdi, Swiss footballer
  • 1986 – Chibuzor Chilaka, Nigerian footballer
  • 1986 – Scott Rendell, English footballer
  • 1987 – Justin De Fratus, American baseball player
  • 1987 – Andrey Grechin, Russian swimmer
  • 1988 – Ricki Olsen, Danish footballer
  • 1988 – Daniel Schorn, Austrian cyclist
  • 1989 – Mads Dahm, Norwegian footballer
  • 1989 – Luke Murphy, English footballer
  • 1989 – Jonathan Viera, Spanish footballer
  • 1989 – Sam Vokes, English-Welsh footballer
  • 1990 – Bengali-Fodé Koita, French footballer
  • 1990 – Mathieu Peybernes, French footballer
  • 1990 – Ricky Rubio, Spanish basketball player
  • 1991 – Tom Eastman, English footballer
  • 1991 – Geoffry Hairemans, Belgian footballer
  • 1991 – Rob Keogh, English cricketer
  • 1991 – Vadaine Oliver, English footballer
  • 1991 – Harry Pell, English footballer
  • 1992 – Marzia Bisognin, Italian businessperson and former YouTuber
  • 1992 – Bernard Tomic, German-Australian tennis player
  • 1995 – Cameron Burgess, Scottish-Australian footballer
  • 1995 – Antoinette Guedia Mouafo, Cameroonian swimmer

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