On This Day: October 21 – The New York Times – 2017

On This Day: October 21 – The New York Times

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Updated October 21, 2013, 2:28 pm

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On Oct. 21, 1879, Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.

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On Oct. 21, 1917, Dizzy Gillespie, the American jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, was born. Following his death on Jan. 6, 1993, his obituary appeared in The Times.

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On Oct. 21, 1879, Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.

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The U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, was launched in Boston Harbor.
A British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French and Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson was killed in the battle.
American soldiers first saw action in World War I on the front lines in France.
Tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters marched in Washington, D.C.
President Richard M. Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hit a ball that struck the left field foul pole in Boston’s Fenway Park for a home run, giving the Red Sox a 7-6 victory in 12 innings over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 6 of the World Series.
Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, were indicted in New York on charges of fraud and racketeering.
A car packed with explosives blew up next to a bus in northern Israel during rush hour; 14 people were killed in addition to two suicide attackers.
Invoking a hastily-passed law, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ordered a feeding tube reinserted into Terry Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman at the center of a bitter right-to-die battle.

Historic Birthdays

Dizzy Gillespie 10/21/1917 – 1/6/1993 American jazz musician.Go to obituary »

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge 10/21/1772 – 7/25/1834
English poet
Samuel F. Smith 10/21/1808 – 11/16/1895
Boston-born Baptist minister and hymn writer ("America" (My Country ‘Tis of Thee"))
Georg von Dollmann 10/21/1830 – 3/31/1895
German architect
Alfred Bernhard Nobel 10/21/1833 – 12/10/1896
Swedish chemist
Giuseppe Giacosa 10/21/1847 – 9/1/1906
Italian dramatist
Jay Norwood Darling 10/21/1876 – 2/12/1962
American political cartoonist
Ted Shawn 10/21/1891 – 1/9/1972
American dancer
Edna Purviance 10/21/1895 – 1/13/1958
American silent film-era actress
Sir George Solti 10/21/1912 – 9/5/1997
Hungarian conductor

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