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This Day in History – October 21, 2011

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2137 BC 1st recorded total eclipse of the sun China 1520 Magellan entered the strait which bears his name 1553 Volumes of the Talmud are burned 1774 First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America. 1797 In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution is launched. 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, Adm Nelson defeats French & Spanish fleet & dies 1824 Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement. 1854 Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses are sent to the Crimean War. 1861 Battle of Ball’s Bluff (Virginia) 1867Manifest Destiny: Medicine Lodge Treaty 1879 Thomas Edison perfects the carbonized cotton filament light bulb 1915 1st transatlantic radiotelephone message, Arlington, Va to Paris 1917 1st Americans to see action on the front lines of WW I 1921 President Warren G. Harding delivers the first speech by a sitting President against lynching in the deep south. 1945 Argentine military officer and politician Juan Perón marries actress Eva Perón. 1959 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens to the public. (New York City) 1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA. 1967 More than 100,000 march from Lincoln Memorial to the Pentagon to protest Vietnam War. 1973 John Paul Getty III’s ear is cut off by his kidnappers and sent to a newspaper in Rome; it doesn’t arrive until November 8. 1973 Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game. 1989 Buck Helm found alive after being buried 4 days, in SF earthquake 1994 North Korea and the United States sign an agreement that requires North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons program and agree to inspections.]]]]> ]]>

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