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October 21st, 2007 (October 21 2007)EventSan Diego County has its worst wildfire disaster in San Diegan history as the Harris and Witch Fires blazed across the county. Together, they have burned at least 200,000 acres (810 km?) of landied in Only one casualty has been reported.
October 21st, 2007 (October 21 2007)DeathPaul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts) (born in 1951)
October 21st, 2005 (October 21 2005)DeathTara Correa-McMullen, American actress (born in 1989)
October 21st, 2003 (October 21 2003)EventImages of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.
October 21st, 2003 (October 21 2003)DeathFred Berry, American actor (born in 1951)
October 21st, 2003 (October 21 2003)DeathLuis A. Ferre, Governor of Puerto Rico (born in 1940)
October 21st, 2003 (October 21 2003)DeathLouise Day Hicks, American politician (born in 1916)
October 21st, 2003 (October 21 2003)DeathElliott Smith, American musician (born in 1969)Elliott Smith Quotes
October 21st, 2001 (October 21 2001)Event"United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. Event organized and headlined by Michael Jackson, also featuring pop stars Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, The Backstreet Boys, and others.Michael Jackson Quotes
October 21st, 1998 (October 21 1998)DeathFrancis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (born in 1915)
October 21st, 1995 (October 21 1995)EventDayton Agreement The General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
October 21st, 1995 (October 21 1995)DeathShannon Hoon, American singer (Blind Melon) (born in 1967)
October 21st, 1995 (October 21 1995)DeathJesus Blasco, Spanish comic book author (born in 1919)
October 21st, 1995 (October 21 1995)DeathMaxene Andrews, American singer (The Andrews Sisters) (born in 1916)
October 21st, 1994 (October 21 1994)EventNorth Korea nuclear weapons program: North Korea and the United States sign an agreement that requires North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons program and agree to inspections.
October 21st, 1994 (October 21 1994)EventIn Seoul, 32 people are killed when the Seongsu Bridge collapses.
October 21st, 1992 (October 21 1992)DeathJim Garrison, American attorney (born in 1921)
October 21st, 1990 (October 21 1990)EventThe first Apple Day, is held in Covent Garden, London.
October 21st, 1990 (October 21 1990)BirthRicky Rubio, Spanish basketball player
October 21st, 1990 (October 21 1990)DeathPrabhat Ranjan Sarkar, Indian spiritual leader (born in 1921)
October 21st, 1989 (October 21 1989)DeathJean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (born in 1910)
October 21st, 1987 (October 21 1987)EventFormer Miss America Bess Myerson is arrested on charges of bribery, conspiracy, and mail fraud, all involving an alimony-fixing scandal. She is later found not guilty.
October 21st, 1986 (October 21 1986)EventIn Lebanon, pro-Iranian kidnappers claim to have abducted American writer Edward Tracy (he was released in August 1991).
October 21st, 1986 (October 21 1986)BirthAlex Kew, British actor
October 21st, 1986 (October 21 1986)BirthChristopher Uckermann, Mexican actor and singer in the Latin pop group RBD
October 21st, 1986 (October 21 1986)DeathLionel Murphy, Australian politician and judge (born in 1922)
October 21st, 1984 (October 21 1984)BirthAnouk Leblanc-Boucher, French Canadian short track speed skater
October 21st, 1984 (October 21 1984)BirthKenny Cooper, American soccer player
October 21st, 1984 (October 21 1984)BirthMarvin Mitchell, American football player
October 21st, 1984 (October 21 1984)BirthKieran Richardson, English footballer
October 21st, 1984 (October 21 1984)DeathFrancois Truffaut, French film director (born in 1932)
October 21st, 1983 (October 21 1983)EventThe metre is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures in terms of the speed of light as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.
October 21st, 1983 (October 21 1983)BirthZack Greinke, American baseball player
October 21st, 1983 (October 21 1983)BirthNinette Tayeb, Israeli singer
October 21st, 1983 (October 21 1983)BirthAndy Marte, Dominican baseball player
October 21st, 1982 (October 21 1982)BirthJames White, American basketball player
October 21st, 1982 (October 21 1982)BirthMatt Dallas, American Actor
October 21st, 1981 (October 21 1981)BirthNemanja Vidic, Serbian footballer
October 21st, 1980 (October 21 1980)BirthKim Kardashian, American socialite
October 21st, 1980 (October 21 1980)BirthBrian Pittman, American musician (Relient K)
October 21st, 1980 (October 21 1980)DeathHans Asperger, Austrian psychologist (born in 1906)
October 21st, 1979 (October 21 1979)BirthKhalil Greene, American baseball player
October 21st, 1979 (October 21 1979)BirthGabe Gross, American baseball player
October 21st, 1978 (October 21 1978)EventAustralian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
October 21st, 1978 (October 21 1978)BirthWill Estes, American actor
October 21st, 1978 (October 21 1978)BirthJoey Harrington, American football player
October 21st, 1978 (October 21 1978)DeathAnastas Mikoyan, Soviet politician (born in 1895)Anastas Mikoyan Quotes
October 21st, 1977 (October 21 1977)EventThe European Patent Institute is founded.
October 21st, 1976 (October 21 1976)BirthJeremy Miller, American TV actor
October 21st, 1976 (October 21 1976)BirthLavinia Milosovici, Romanian gymnast
October 21st, 1976 (October 21 1976)BirthJosh Ritter, American musician
October 21st, 1976 (October 21 1976)BirthMelanie Turgeon, French Canadian alpine skier
October 21st, 1975 (October 21 1975)BirthToby Hall, American baseball player
October 21st, 1975 (October 21 1975)BirthHenrique Hilario, Portuguese footballer
October 21st, 1975 (October 21 1975)DeathCharles Reidpath, American athlete (born in 1887)
October 21st, 1973 (October 21 1973)EventJohn Paul Getty III s ear is cut off by his kidnappers and sent to a newspaper in Rome; it doesn t arrive until November 8.
October 21st, 1973 (October 21 1973)EventFred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
October 21st, 1973 (October 21 1973)BirthLera Auerbach, Russian composer
October 21st, 1973 (October 21 1973)BirthCharlie Lowell, American Musician
October 21st, 1973 (October 21 1973)DeathNasif Estefano, Argentine racing driver (born in 1932)
October 21st, 1972 (October 21 1972)BirthFelicity Andersen, Australian actress
October 21st, 1972 (October 21 1972)BirthSaffron Burrows, English actress
October 21st, 1972 (October 21 1972)BirthMasakazu Morita, seiyu and actor
October 21st, 1972 (October 21 1972)BirthMatthew Friedberger, American musician (The Fiery Furnaces)Ric Berger Quotes
October 21st, 1972 (October 21 1972)BirthEvhen Tsybulenko, Ukrainian professor of international law
October 21st, 1971 (October 21 1971)BirthDamien Martyn, Australian cricketer
October 21st, 1971 (October 21 1971)BirthJade Jagger, Socialite and Jewellery Designer
October 21st, 1971 (October 21 1971)BirthNick Oliveri, American musician
October 21st, 1971 (October 21 1971)BirthPaul Norman Telfer, Scottish footballer
October 21st, 1969 (October 21 1969)EventA coup d etat in Somalia brings Siad Barre to power.
October 21st, 1969 (October 21 1969)BirthSalman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, crown prince of Bahrain
October 21st, 1969 (October 21 1969)BirthMo Lewis, American football player
October 21st, 1969 (October 21 1969)DeathJack Kerouac, American novelist (born in 1922)Jack Kerouac Quotes
October 21st, 1969 (October 21 1969)DeathWaclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (born in 1882)
October 21st, 1968 (October 21 1968)BirthMelora Walters, American actress
October 21st, 1967 (October 21 1967)EventVietnam War: More than 100,000 war protesters gather in Washington, DC. A peaceful rally at the Lincoln Memorial is followed by a march to The Pentagon and clashes with soldiers and United States Marshals protecting the facility (event lasts until October 23; 683 people were arrested). Similar demonstrations occurred simultaneously in Japan and Western Europe.
October 21st, 1967 (October 21 1967)BirthPaul Ince, English footballer
October 21st, 1966 (October 21 1966)EventAberfan disaster: A coal tip falls on the village of Aberfan in Wales, killing 144 people, mostly schoolchildren.
October 21st, 1965 (October 21 1965)EventComet Ikeya-Seki approaches perihelion, passing 450,000 kilometers from the sun.
October 21st, 1965 (October 21 1965)BirthIon Andoni Goikoetxea, Spanish footballer
October 21st, 1965 (October 21 1965)DeathBill Black, American musician (born in 1926)
October 21st, 1964 (October 21 1964)BirthJon Carin, American musician (Pink Floyd, The Who)
October 21st, 1962 (October 21 1962)BirthDavid Campese, Australian rugby union footballer
October 21st, 1959 (October 21 1959)EventIn New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opens to the public. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes
October 21st, 1959 (October 21 1959)EventUS President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.Wernher von Braun Quotes
October 21st, 1959 (October 21 1959)BirthGeorge Bell, Dominican baseball player
October 21st, 1959 (October 21 1959)BirthTony Ganios, American Actor
October 21st, 1959 (October 21 1959)BirthRose McDowall, Scottish musician
October 21st, 1959 (October 21 1959)BirthKen Watanabe, Japanese actor
October 21st, 1957 (October 21 1957)BirthJulian Cope, English musician and writer Julian Quotes
October 21st, 1957 (October 21 1957)BirthWolfgang Ketterle, German physicist, Nobel laureate
October 21st, 1957 (October 21 1957)BirthSteve Lukather, American musician
October 21st, 1956 (October 21 1956)BirthCarrie Fisher, American actress and writerCarrie Fisher Quotes
October 21st, 1955 (October 21 1955)BirthRich Mullins, American musician (died in 1997)
October 21st, 1954 (October 21 1954)BirthBrian Tobin, Canadian premier of Newfoundland
October 21st, 1953 (October 21 1953)BirthKeith Green, American musician (died in 1982)
October 21st, 1953 (October 21 1953)BirthPeter Mandelson, British politician
October 21st, 1953 (October 21 1953)BirthCharlotte Caffey, American musician (The Go-Go s)
October 21st, 1952 (October 21 1952)BirthTrevor Chappell, Australian cricketer
October 21st, 1952 (October 21 1952)BirthPatti Davis, American actress and novelist
October 21st, 1952 (October 21 1952)BirthAllen Hoey, American poet and novelist
October 21st, 1952 (October 21 1952)BirthBrent Mydland, American keyboardist (Grateful Dead) (died in 1990)
October 21st, 1950 (October 21 1950)BirthRonald McNair, American astronaut (died in 1986)
October 21st, 1949 (October 21 1949)BirthMichel Briere, Canadian ice hockey player (died in 1971)
October 21st, 1949 (October 21 1949)BirthMike Keenan, Canadian ice hockey coach
October 21st, 1949 (October 21 1949)BirthBenjamin Netanyahu, 9th Prime Minister of Israel
October 21st, 1948 (October 21 1948)BirthShaye Cohen, Historian and Professor at Harvard University
October 21st, 1948 (October 21 1948)BirthTom Everett, American actor
October 21st, 1946 (October 21 1946)BirthJim Hill, American sportscaster
October 21st, 1946 (October 21 1946)BirthLux Interior, American singer (The Cramps)
October 21st, 1946 (October 21 1946)BirthLee Loughnane, American musician
October 21st, 1945 (October 21 1945)EventWomen s suffrage: Women are allowed to vote in France for the first time.
October 21st, 1945 (October 21 1945)EventArgentine military officer and politician Juan Peron married actress Evita.
October 21st, 1945 (October 21 1945)BirthEverett McGill, American actorEric Gill Quotes
October 21st, 1944 (October 21 1944)EventThe first kamikaze attack: HMAS Australia was hit by a Japanese plane carrying a 200 kg (441 pound) bomb off Leyte Island, as the Battle of Leyte Gulf began.
October 21st, 1944 (October 21 1944)DeathAlois Kayser, German missionary to Nauru (born in 1877)
October 21st, 1943 (October 21 1943)BirthTariq Ali, Pakistani author and historianTariq Ali Quotes
October 21st, 1943 (October 21 1943)BirthBrian Piccolo, American football player (died in 1970)
October 21st, 1942 (October 21 1942)BirthElvin Bishop, American musician
October 21st, 1942 (October 21 1942)BirthJudy Sheindlin, American judge ("Judge Judy")
October 21st, 1942 (October 21 1942)BirthAllan Grice, Australian racing driver
October 21st, 1941 (October 21 1941)Event7000 Serbs were shot in Kragujevac, Serbia by Nazi Germans.
October 21st, 1941 (October 21 1941)BirthSteve Cropper, American musician
October 21st, 1940 (October 21 1940)BirthGeoff Boycott, English cricketer
October 21st, 1940 (October 21 1940)BirthManfred Mann, English musician
October 21st, 1940 (October 21 1940)DeathWilliam G. Conley, Governor of West Virginia (born in 1866)
October 21st, 1938 (October 21 1938)BirthCarl Brewer, Canadian ice hockey player (died in 2001)
October 21st, 1931 (October 21 1931)DeathArthur Schnitzler, Austrian writer (born in 1862)
October 21st, 1930 (October 21 1930)BirthIvan Stepanovich Silayev, Last prime minister of the Soviet Union
October 21st, 1929 (October 21 1929)BirthUrsula K. Le Guin, American author
October 21st, 1928 (October 21 1928)BirthWhitey Ford, American baseball player
October 21st, 1925 (October 21 1925)BirthLouis J. Robichaud, Canadian premier of New Brunswick (died in 2005)
October 21st, 1924 (October 21 1924)BirthCelia Cruz, Cuban singer, Queen of Salsa. (died in 2003)
October 21st, 1924 (October 21 1924)BirthJoyce Randolph, American actress
October 21st, 1922 (October 21 1922)BirthLiliane de Bettencourt, heir to L Oreal
October 21st, 1921 (October 21 1921)EventPresident Warren G. Harding delivers the first speech by a sitting President against lynching in the deep south.Warren G. Harding Quotes
October 21st, 1921 (October 21 1921)BirthSir Malcolm Arnold, British composer (died in 2006)
October 21st, 1917 (October 21 1917)BirthDizzy Gillespie, American musician (died in 1993)Eric Gill Quotes
October 21st, 1914 (October 21 1914)BirthMartin Gardner, American mathematician and writer
October 21st, 1912 (October 21 1912)BirthSir Georg Solti, Hungarian conductor (died in 1997)Sir Georg Solti Quotes
October 21st, 1912 (October 21 1912)BirthAlfredo Pian, Argentine racing driver (died in 1990)
October 21st, 1907 (October 21 1907)BirthNikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (died in 1985)
October 21st, 1907 (October 21 1907)BirthJules Chevalier, French priest (born in 1824)
October 21st, 1906 (October 21 1906)BirthLillian Asplund, last American Titanic survivor (died in 2006)
October 21st, 1904 (October 21 1904)BirthPatrick Kavanagh, Irish poet (died in 1967)
October 21st, 1904 (October 21 1904)DeathIsabelle Eberhardt, Swiss explorer and writer (born in 1877)
October 21st, 1902 (October 21 1902)EventIn the United States, a five month strike by United Mine Workers ends.
October 21st, 1898 (October 21 1898)BirthEduard Putsep, Estonian wresler and Olympic medalist (died in 1960)
October 21st, 1896 (October 21 1896)DeathJames Henry Greathead, British engineer (born in 1844)Henry James Quotes
October 21st, 1895 (October 21 1895)EventThe Republic of Formosa collapses as Japanese forces invade.
October 21st, 1895 (October 21 1895)BirthEdna Purviance, American actress (died in 1958)
October 21st, 1894 (October 21 1894)BirthRampo Edogawa, Japanese author and critic (died in 1965)
October 21st, 1892 (October 21 1892)EventOpening ceremonies for the World s Columbian Exposition were held in Chicago, though because construction was behind schedule, the exposition did not open until May 1, 1893.
October 21st, 1886 (October 21 1886)BirthEugene Burton Ely, American aviation pioneer (died in 1911)
October 21st, 1879 (October 21 1879)EventUsing a filament of carbonized thread, Thomas Edison tests the first practical electric incandescent light bulb (it lasted 13? hours before burning out).
October 21st, 1873 (October 21 1873)DeathJohann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet (born in 1807)
October 21st, 1872 (October 21 1872)DeathJacques Babinet, French physicist (born in 1794)
October 21st, 1867 (October 21 1867)EventManifest Destiny: Medicine Lodge TreatyNear Medicine Lodge, Kansas a landmark treaty is signed by southern Great Plains Indian leaders. The treaty requires Native American Plains tribes to relocate a reservation in western Oklahoma.
October 21st, 1861 (October 21 1861)EventAmerican Civil War: Battle of Ball s BluffUnion forces under Colonel Edward Baker are defeated by Confederate troops in the second major battle of the war. Baker, a close friend of Abraham Lincoln, is killed in the fighting.Abraham Lincoln Quotes
October 21st, 1854 (October 21 1854)EventFlorence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War.Florence Nightingale Quotes
October 21st, 1851 (October 21 1851)BirthGeorge Ulyett, English cricketer (died in 1898)
October 21st, 1847 (October 21 1847)BirthGiuseppe Giacosa, Italian writer (died in 1906)
October 21st, 1833 (October 21 1833)BirthAlfred Nobel, Swedish inventor and founder of the Nobel Prize (died in 1896)Alfred Nobel Quotes
October 21st, 1824 (October 21 1824)EventJoseph Aspdin patents Portland cement.
October 21st, 1821 (October 21 1821)BirthEduard Heine, German mathematician (died in 1881)
October 21st, 1816 (October 21 1816)EventThe Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia.
October 21st, 1805 (October 21 1805)EventNapoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar: A British fleet led by Admiral Lord Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet off the coast of Spain under Admiral Villeneuve. It signalled the virtual end of French maritime power and left Britain navally unchallenged until the twentieth century.
October 21st, 1805 (October 21 1805)EventNapoleonic Wars: Austrian General Mack surrenders his army to the Grand Army of Napoleon at Ulm, reaping Napoleon over 30,000 prisoners and inflicting 10,000 casualties on the losers. Ulm was considered to be one of Napoleon s finest hours.
October 21st, 1805 (October 21 1805)DeathHoratio Nelson, British admiral (born in 1758)Horatio Nelson Quotes
October 21st, 1797 (October 21 1797)EventIn Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution is launched.
October 21st, 1790 (October 21 1790)BirthAlphonse de Lamartine, French writer (died in 1869)Alphonse de Lamartine Quotes
October 21st, 1777 (October 21 1777)DeathSamuel Foote, English dramatist and actor (born in 1720)Samuel Foote Quotes
October 21st, 1775 (October 21 1775)BirthGiuseppe Baini, Italian composer (died in 1844)
October 21st, 1775 (October 21 1775)DeathPeyton Randolph, American president of the Continental Congress (born in 1721)
October 21st, 1774 (October 21 1774)EventFirst display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
October 21st, 1772 (October 21 1772)BirthSamuel Taylor Coleridge, British poet (died in 1834)Samuel Taylor Coleridge Quotes
October 21st, 1765 (October 21 1765)DeathGiovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect (born in 1691)
October 21st, 1762 (October 21 1762)BirthHerman Willem Daendels, Dutch statesman (died in 1818)
October 21st, 1757 (October 21 1757)BirthPierre Augereau, Marshal of France and duc de Castiglione (died in 1816)
October 21st, 1725 (October 21 1725)BirthFranz Moritz Graf von Lacy, Austrian field marshal (died in 1801)
October 21st, 1712 (October 21 1712)BirthSir James Steuart, British economist (died in 1780)
October 21st, 1687 (October 21 1687)BirthNicolaus I Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (died in 1759)
October 21st, 1687 (October 21 1687)DeathSir Edmund Waller, English poet (born in 1606)Edmund Waller Quotes
October 21st, 1675 (October 21 1675)BirthEmperor Higashiyama of Japan (died in 1710)
October 21st, 1662 (October 21 1662)DeathHenry Lawes, English composer (born in 1595)
October 21st, 1660 (October 21 1660)BirthGeorg Ernst Stahl, German scientist (died in 1734)
October 21st, 1650 (October 21 1650)BirthJean Bart, French admiral (died in 1702)
October 21st, 1623 (October 21 1623)DeathWilliam Wade, English statesman and diplomat (born in 1546)
October 21st, 1600 (October 21 1600)EventTokugawa Ieyasu defeats the leaders of rival Japanese clans in the Battle of Sekigahara, which marks the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate, who in effect rule Japan until the mid-nineteenth century.
October 21st, 1600 (October 21 1600)DeathToda Katsushige, Japanese warlord (born in 1557)
October 21st, 1581 (October 21 1581)BirthDomenico Zampieri, Italian painter (died in 1641)
October 21st, 1558 (October 21 1558)DeathJulius Caesar Scaliger, Italian scholar (born in 1484)Julius Caesar Quotes
October 21st, 1527 (October 21 1527)BirthLouis I, Cardinal of Guise, French cardinal (died in 1578)
October 21st, 1520 (October 21 1520)EventFerdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan.
October 21st, 1512 (October 21 1512)EventMartin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg.Martin Luther Quotes
October 21st, 1505 (October 21 1505)DeathPaul Scriptoris, German mathematician
October 21st, 1500 (October 21 1500)DeathEmperor Go-Tsuchimikado of Japan (born in 1442)
October 21st, 1449 (October 21 1449)BirthGeorge, Duke of Clarence, brother of Edward IV and Richard III (died in 1478)
October 21st, 1422 (October 21 1422)DeathKing Charles VI of France (born in 1368)
October 21st, 1266 (October 21 1266)DeathBirger jarl, Swedish statesman (born in 1210)
October 21st, 1221 (October 21 1221)DeathAlix of Thouars, Duchess of Brittany (born in 1201)
October 21st, 1204 (October 21 1204)DeathRobert de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Leicester, English nobleman
October 21st, 1125 (October 21 1125)DeathCosmas of Prague, Bohemian writer

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