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Today is Thursday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2021. There are 71 days left in the yr.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Oct. 21, 1966, 144 individuals, 116 of them youngsters, had been killed when a coal waste landslide engulfed a college and a few 20 homes in Aberfan, Wales.

In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also referred to as “Old Ironsides,” was christened in Boston’s harbor.

In 1805, a British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, nonetheless, was killed.

In 1879, Thomas Edison perfected a workable electrical gentle at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.

In 1944, throughout World War II, U.S. troops captured the German metropolis of Aachen.

In 1945, ladies in France had been allowed to vote in parliamentary elections for the primary time.

In 1967, the Israeli destroyer INS Eilat was sunk by Egyptian missile boats close to Port Said; 47 Israeli crew members had been misplaced. Tens of 1000’s of Vietnam War protesters started two days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C.

In 1969, beat poet and writer Jack Kerouac died in St. Petersburg, Fla., at age 47.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Both nominees had been confirmed.)

In 2001, Washington, D.C., postal employee Thomas L. Morris Jr. died of inhalation anthrax as officers started testing 1000’s of postal workers.

In 2012, former senator and 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern, 90, died in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In 2014, North Korea abruptly freed Jeffrey Fowle, an American, almost six months after he was arrested for leaving a Bible in a nightclub. Former Washington Post government editor Ben Bradlee, 93, died in Washington.

In 2015, Vice President Joe Biden introduced he wouldn’t be a candidate in the 2016 White House marketing campaign, solidifying Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing because the Democratic front-runner.

Ten years in the past: President Barack Obama declared that America’s lengthy and deeply unpopular struggle in Iraq could be over by the top of 2011 and that every one U.S. troops “will definitely be home for the holidays.”

Five years in the past: Cyberattacks on server farms of a key web agency repeatedly disrupted entry to main web sites and on-line providers together with Twitter, Netflix and PayPal throughout the United States.

One yr in the past: Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, the get together’s 2012 presidential nominee, instructed NCS that he had voted in the Nov. 3 election, however not for Donald Trump. Former President Barack Obama made his first in-person marketing campaign pitch for Joe Biden, urging voters in Philadelphia, particularly Black males, to not sit out the election and danger seeing Trump reelected. Spain turned the primary western European nation to achieve greater than 1 million confirmed coronavirus circumstances. The Justice Department mentioned drugmaker Purdue Pharma, the corporate behind the highly effective prescription painkiller OxyContin that consultants mentioned had helped spark off an opioid epidemic, would plead responsible to federal legal costs as a part of a settlement of greater than $8 billion. At least 10 our bodies had been discovered in an unmarked mass grave in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the place investigators had been trying to find the stays of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Joyce Randolph is 97. Rock singer Manfred Mann is 81. Musician Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the MG’s) is 80. Singer Elvin Bishop is 79. TV’s Judge Judy Sheindlin is 79. Actor Everett McGill is 76. Musician Lee Loughnane (Chicago) is 75. Actor Dick Christie is 73. Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is 72. Actor LaTanya Richardson Jackson is 72. Musician Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go’s) is 68. Movie director Catherine Hardwicke is 66. Singer Julian Cope is 64. Rock musician Steve Lukather (Toto) is 64. Actor Ken Watanabe is 62. Actor Melora Walters is 61. Rock singer-musician Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator) is 50. Christian rock musician Charlie Lowell (Jars of Clay) is 48. Actor Jeremy Miller is 45. Country singer Matthew Ramsey (Old Dominion) is 44. Actor Will Estes is 43. Actor Michael McMillian is 43. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is 41. Actor Matt Dallas is 39. Actor Charlotte Sullivan is 38. Actor Aaron Tveit is 38. Actor Glenn Powell is 33. Country singer Kane Brown is 28.