On this Day in History, October 21

In case you assumed that major events only happen on certain days only. These findings will help clear your assumptions, for there are many historic events happening on a daily basis.

Below is a list of the historic events that happened on October 21.

  • 1879Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp that would last 13 1/2 hours before burning out.
  • 1918 – Margaret Owen set a typing speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter.
  • 1921 – “The Sheik”, a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, premiered in Los Angeles.
  • 1925 – The photoelectric cell was first demonstrated at the Electric Show in New York City.
  • 1925 – The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for alcohol prohibition violations.
  • 1944 – US troops capture Aachen, in World War II, making it the 1st large German city to fall.
  • 1945 – For the first time, women in France were allowed to vote.
  • 1948 – UN rejected the Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons.
  • 1950 – Chinese forces occupied Tibet.
  • 1959 – The Guggenheim Museum displays works from some of the world’s most celebrated and sought-after contemporary artists.
  • 1969 – Siad Barre staged a military coup against the Somali government.
  • 1980 – Phillies w0n their 1st World Sports Championship in their 98-year history.
  • 1980 – American model and actress Kim Kardashian was born.
  • 1983 – The 17th General Conference on Weights and Measures Ended.
  • 1983 – The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there.
  • 1986 – In reaction to the Soviet Union expelling five American diplomats, the U.S. ordered 55 Soviet diplomats to leave.
  • 1998 – Cancer specialist Dr. Jane Henney became FDA’s first female commissioner.
  • 2003 – The U.S. Senate voted to ban partial-birth abortions.
  • 2014 – The South African Paralympic Champion Oscar Pistorius got Convicted for 5 Years for the murder of his girlfriend.
  • 2014 – Australian politician and the 21st Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitlam, died on this day.

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