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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Iceland's Kaupthing Bank fails to pay interest to its 50-billion-yen (US$493 million) bondholders in Japan. //www.reuters.com/article/rbssFinancialServicesAndRealEstateNews/idUST33159320081021 (Reuters)
India wins the second test match of the 2008-09 Border-Gavaskar cricket test series against Australia at Mohali by 320 runs//content-ind.cricinfo.com/indvaus2008/engine/current/match/345670.html (Cricinfo)
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is officially inaugurated. It is a collaboration of over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Boston Red Sox defeat the Cleveland Indians 11-2 winning the 2007 American League Chionship Series and going on to meet the Colorado Rockies, the 2007 National League chions, in the 2007 World Series. //www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,303833,00.html (AP via Fox News)
Fire engulf parts of Malibu, California leading to the evacuation of homes including those of James Cameron and Olivia Newton-John. //www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22626779-661,00.html (News Limited)

Friday, October 21, 2005

The 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar is observed, with celebrations held around the United Kingdom.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Northern Ireland: In a series of moves designed to bring about final implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, the British Government confirms that elections to the region's devolved administration will be held on November 26. The Provisional IRA announces a further act of weapons decommissioning. Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams declares the end to physical force republicanism. Statements from all the major parties involved are expected over the course of the day.//politics.guardian.co.uk/northernirelandassembly/story/0,9061,1067604,00.html//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/3210160.stm//www.rte.ie/news/2003/1021/north.html
Africa: Outbreaks of locusts are reported in Mauritania, Niger and Sudan and might spread to other areas of north Africa. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3210464.stm

Monday, October 21, 2002

Saturday, October 21, 2000

Fifteen Arab leaders convene in Cairo, Egypt, for their first summit in 4 years the Libyan delegation walks out, angry over signs the summit will stop short of calling for breaking ties with Israel.

Thursday, October 21, 1993

A coup in Burundi results in the death of president Melchior Ndadaye and sparks the Burundi Civil War.

Wednesday, October 21, 1992

Tens of thousands of coal miners march in London to protest government plans to close coal mines and reduce the number of coal miners.

Monday, October 21, 1991

Lebanese kidnappers release Jesse Turner, a mathematics professor who had been held hostage for more than 4 years.

Saturday, October 21, 1989

The Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations issue the Langkawi Declaration on the Environment, making environmental sustainability one of the Commonwealth's main priorities.
The Hungarian Republic is officially declared by president Mátyás Szűrös (replacing the Hungarian People's Republic).
The Phillips Disaster in Pasadena, Texas kills 23 and injures 314 others.

Tuesday, October 21, 1986

Friday, October 21, 1983

At the 17th General Conference on Weights and Measures, the metre is defined in terms of the speed of light as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.

Wednesday, October 21, 1981

Tuesday, October 21, 1980

World Series: The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals 4–2 in game 6.

Friday, October 21, 1977

The European Patent Institute is founded.

Thursday, October 21, 1976

The Cincinnati Reds sweep the New York Yankees in four games to win the 1976 World Series.

Tuesday, October 21, 1975

1975 World Series: The Cincinnati Reds are defeated by the Boston Red Sox in Game Six off Carlton Fisk's 12th-inning home run to cap off what many consider to be the best World Series game ever played.

Sunday, October 21, 1973

The Oakland Athletics win baseball's World Series, defeating the New York Mets 4 games to 3.
The United Nations recognizes the independence of Guinea-Bissau.
The Yom Kippur War ends.

Wednesday, October 21, 1970

A U.S. Air Force plane makes an emergency landing near Leninakan, Soviet Union. The Soviets release the American officers, including 2 generals, November 10.

Wednesday, October 21, 1964

A 5.3 Kiloton nuclear device is detonated at the Tatum Salt Dome, from Hattiesburg, Mississippi as part of the Vela Uniform program. This test is the Salmon phase of the Atomic Energy Commission's Project Dribble.
The film version of the hit Broadway stage musical "My Fair Lady" premieres in New York City. The movie stars Audrey Hepburn in the role of Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison repeating his stage performance as Professor Henry Higgins, and which will win him his only Academy Award for Best Actor. The film will win seven other Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but Audrey Hepburn will not be nominated. Critics interpret this as a rebuke to Jack L. Warner for choosing Ms Hepburn over Julie Andrews.
Canada: A Federal Multi-Party Parliamentary Committee selects a design to become the new official Flag of Canada.

Wednesday, October 21, 1959

In New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) opens to the public.

Tuesday, October 21, 1958

The Life Peerages Act entitles women to sit in the British House of Lords for the first time. The Baronesses Swanborough (Stella Isaacs, Marchioness of Reading) and Wooton (Barbara Wooton) are the first to take their seats.

Sunday, October 21, 1951

A storm in southern Italy kills over 100.

Sunday, October 21, 1945

Women's suffrage: Women are allowed to vote in France for the first time.

Saturday, October 21, 1944

WWII: Aachen, the first German city to fall, is captured by American troops.

Thursday, October 21, 1943

Lucie Aubrac and others in her French Resistance cell liberate Raymond Aubrac from Gestapo imprisonment.

Tuesday, October 21, 1941

WWII: The Germans rage in Yugoslavia, killing thousands of civilians.

Friday, October 21, 1938

Du Pont announces a name for its new synthetic yarn: nylon.
In direct contravention of the recently signed Munich Agreement, Adolf Hitler circulates among his high command a secret memorandum stating that they should prepare for the liquidation of the rest of Czechoslovakia and the occupation of Memel.
French Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet carries out a major purge of the Qui d'Orsay, sacking or exiling a number of anti-appeasement officials such as Pierre Comert and René Massigli.
Jews with Polish citizenship are evicted from Nazi Germany.ref name=yadvashem/
At a friendly luncheon in Berchtesgaden, German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop tells Józef Lipski, the Polish ambassador to Germany, that the Free City of Danzig must return to Germany, that the Germans must be given extraterritorial rights in the Polish Corridor, and that Poland must sign the Anti-Comintern Pact.
The minimum wage is established by law in the United States.

Saturday, October 21, 1916

Friday, October 21, 1904

Russo-Japanese War ndash Dogger Bank incident: The Russian Baltic Fleet fires on British trawlers it mistakes for Japanese torpedo boats in the North Sea.

Tuesday, October 21, 1902

In the United States, a five month strike by the United Mine Workers ends.

Monday, October 21, 1867

"Manifest Destiny" ndash Medicine Lodge Treaty: Near Medicine Lodge Creek, Kansas, a landmark treaty is signed by southern Great Plains Indian leaders. The treaty requires Native American Plains tribes to relocate to a reservation in western Oklahoma.

Monday, October 21, 1861

American Civil War ndash 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.
American Civil War ndash 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.

Saturday, October 21, 1854

Florence Nightingale leaves for the Crimea with 38 other nurses.

Tuesday, October 21, 1845

The "New York Herald" becomes the first newspaper to mention the game of baseball.

Friday, October 21, 1825

The PS Comet II sinks off Gourock with the loss of 62 lives.

Thursday, October 21, 1824

Monday, October 21, 1816

Penang Free School was founded by Rev. Sparke Hutchings on the island of Penang, Malaysia.

Saturday, October 21, 1815

British missionaries arrive in New Zealand.
The Spanish Empire is expelled from Veracruz.
Humphry Davy patents the miner\'s safety l for use in coalmining.
The second wave of Amish immigration to North America begins.
In the United Kingdom, use of the pillory is limited to punishment for perjury.
Humphry Davy patents the miner's safety l for use in coal mining.

Monday, October 21, 1805

Napoleonic Wars ndash Battle of Trafalgar: British naval fleet led by Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet off the coast of Spain however, Admiral Nelson is fatally shot.

Saturday, October 21, 1797

In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate "USS Constitution" is launched to fight Barbary pirates off the coast of Tripoli.

Friday, October 21, 1774

The word Liberty is first displayed on a flag raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts, in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.

Thursday, October 21, 1638

The Great Thunderstorm breaks out in Widecombe-in-the-Moor, England.
November ndash The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is summoned to Glasgow by King Charles I of England.

Monday, October 21, 1591

Nijmegen is captured by Maurice.

Saturday, October 11, 1578 (Julianian calendar)

The Ottoman Empire conquers Abkhazia.
Battle of Wenden: The Russians are defeated by the Swedes, who proceed to take Polotsk.
EmperorSarsa Dengel of Ethiopia kills Bahr negus Yeshaq, finally ending his rebellion.
The sixth and so far last outbreak of the sweating sickness occurs in England.
Martin Frobisher holds the first celebration of Thanksgiving by Europeans in North America at Newfoundland by the Frobisher Expedition.
Francis Drake, during his circumnavigation of the globe, passes through the Strait of Magellan.
Sonam Gyrso receives from prince Atlan Khan the title of "Talaï", and becomes the third Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Monday, October 11, 1512 (Julianian calendar)

Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg.

Monday, October 12, 1422 (Julianian calendar)

Florence has a population of 40,000 of which 600 men rule the city.
With the death of King Charles VI of France, Henry VI of England is proclaimed King of France in Paris, while the Dauphin, Charles, is proclaimed King Charles VII of France in Bourges.
Venice has a population of 84,000 of which 200 men rule the city.
Ottoman forces overrun the last domains of Constantine II of Bulgaria, who dies in exile at the Serbian court end of the Bulgarian Empire.
Siege of Constantinople by the Ottomans is successfully resisted by the Byzantine defenders.

Thursday, October 13, 1345 (Julianian calendar)

December – English take Aiguillon in Gascony.
English victory at the Battle of Auberoche in Gascony.

Wednesday, October 14, 1187 (Julianian calendar)

Pope Gregory VIII succeeds Pope Urban III as the 173rd pope.
The Cathedral of St. Jacob is consecrated in Szczecin, Pomerania.
Zen Buddhism comes to Japan.

Sunday, October 15, 1032 (Julianian calendar)

Benedict IX succeeds John XIX, as the 145th pope.
The first mention of the city of Kursk.
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