Friday, October 21, 2016
History for October 21 - On-This-Day.com:
Alfred Nobel 1833 - Chemist, inventor of dynamite, his will created the Nobel Prizes, Whitey Ford 1928 - Baseball player, Judy Sheindlin 1942 - TV personality ("Judge Judy")
Benjamin Netanyahu 1949 - Prime Minister of Israel, Carrie Fisher 1956 - Actress ("Star Wars" movies), Kim Kardashian 1980 - TV personality
1797 - "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston's harbor.
1805 - The Battle of Trafalgar occurred off the coast of Spain. The British defeated the French and Spanish fleet.
1879 - Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out.
1950 - Chinese forces invaded Tibet.
1967 - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War.
1983 - The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there.
1994 - North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.
2003 - The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions.