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On October 21st, 1879, Thomas
Edison invented a workable electric light
at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
On this date:
In 1797, the US Navy frigate
"Constitution," also known as "Old
Ironsides," was launched in Boston's harbor.
In 1805, a British
fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson
defeated a French-Spanish fleet in the Battle of
Trafalgar; Nelson, however, was killed.
In 1917, members
of the First Division of the US Army training in
Luneville, France, became the first Americans to
see action on the front lines of World War One.
In 1944, during
World War Two, US troops captured the German city
In 1945, women in
France were allowed to vote for the first time.
In 1959, the
Guggenheim Museum in New York opened to the
In 1960, Democrat
John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon
clashed in their fourth and final presidential
In 1966, more than
140 people, mostly children, were killed when a
coal waste landslide engulfed a school and
several houses in south Wales.
In 1967, tens of
thousands of Vietnam War protesters marched in
In 1971, President
Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H.
Rehnquist to the US Supreme Court.
Ten years ago: A
Palestinian stabbed three Israelis to death
during a rampage in a Jerusalem neighborhood in
retaliation for the police killings of 17 Arabs
on the Temple Mount.
Five years ago:
Rioting inmates surrendered control of a prison
dormitory in Greenville, Illinois, ending a
one-day uprising that began after the government
ordered federal prisons locked down nationwide.
The Atlanta Braves won game one of the World
Series, defeating the visiting Cleveland Indians
3-to-2. Maxene Andrews of the Andrews Sisters
died in Hyannis, Massachusetts, at age 79.
One year ago:
France's highest court upheld the conviction of
Maurice Papon, the former Vichy official who had
fled France rather than face prison for his role
in sending Jews to Nazi death camps; Papon was
captured in Switzerland and deported the
"There are three
things which the public will always clamor for,
sooner or later: namely, Novelty, novelty,
Thomas Hood, British poet (1799-1845).