Date History - On this day in history

What happened today in history

Born on this day - October 21st

1971 - Nick Oliveri, American musician

1956 - Carrie Fisher, American actress and writer

1949 - Mike Keenan, Canadian hockey coach/GM

1941 - Steve Cropper, American musician

1924 - Celia Cruz, Cuban singer (d. 2003)

1904 - Patrick Kavanagh, Irish poet (d. 1967)

1790 - Alphonse de Lamartine, French writer (d. 1869)

1725 - Franz Moritz Graf von Lacy, Austrian field marshal (d. 1801)

1650 - Jean Bart, French admiral (d. 1702)

Died on this day - October 21st

2003 - Elliott Smith, American musician (b. 1969)

1980 - Hans Asperger, Austrian psychologist (b. 1906)

1931 - Arthur Schnitzler, Austrian writer (b. 1862)

1777 - Samuel Foote, English dramatist and actor (b. 1720)

1623 - William Wade, English statesman and diplomat (b. 1546)

1266 - Birger jarl, Swedish statesman and founder of Stockholm (b. 1210)

Events on this day - October 21st

1978 - Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.

1966 - Aberfan disaster: A coal tip falls on the village of Aberfan in Wales, killing 144 people, mostly schoolchildren

1947 - 21 die as a fire destroys an asylum in Hoff, Germany.

1921 - President Warren G. Harding delivers the first speech by a sitting President against lynching in the deep south.

1861 - American Civil War: Battle of Ball's Bluff - Union 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.

1797 - In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution is launched.



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