October 21 Events in History - October 21 Birthdays - October 21 Deaths
2014 Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans held in North Korea for crimes against the state, has been released; Fowle was accused of leaving a Bible in a club for mariners
2014 Fast food giant McDonald's announces that its third-quarter profit fell by 30 percent from the third quarter of last year; analysts attribute the trouble to greater competition and customer dissatisfaction with price increases
2013 A report in Le Monde prompts the Foreign Minister of France, Laurent Fabius, to summons the U.S. ambassador over allegations that the U.S. spied on millions of French phone conversations
2013 The state of New Jersey becomes the 14th state in the U.S. to permit same-sex-marriages
2012 Seven new saints are canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, including Anna Schaffer, Kateri Tekakwitha, Marianne Cope and Pedro Calungsod
2012 Former U.S. Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern dies at age 90 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2011 South Australia swears in their new Premier, Jay Weatherill after officially electing him as the leader of the Australian Labor Party
2011 Japan's government announces they require a $157 billion additional budged to cover costs for recovering from the tsunami and earthquake in March 2011
2010 The European Parliament awards Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought
2010 Union of Myanmar changes its name to Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and changes the design of the national flag
1998 World Series, New York Yankees beat San Diego Padres 4 games to 0
1997 Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana breaks world record, 318 million distributed
1997 Cleveland Marquis Grissom hit in his 15th straight World Series game (streak ends at 15, he is 2nd to Hank Baur with 17)
1995 Addison Vance, 18, of Hickory NC, crowned 7th Ms Venus Swimwear
1995 Mario Tremblay, selected 22nd NHL coach of Montreal Canadians
1994 Hana bridge is Seoul Korea crashes, 32+ die
1994 North Korea signs pact to end their nuclear projects
1993 "Twilight of the Golds" opens at Booth Theater New York City for 29 performances
1993 Gary Kasparov defeats Nigel Short for chess championship
1993 Military coup by Burundi President Ndadaye/525,000 Hutu's flee
1992 Madonna's book "Sex" goes on sale
1991 24 die in a fire in Oakland, California
1991 Former California Governor Jerry Brown announces run for presidency
1991 U.S. hostage Jesse Turner released from 5 years in captivity in Beirut
1990 Esther Canseco calls Oakland A's manager Tony La Russa a "punk" for not starting husband Jose in the World Series
1989 "Dangerous Games" closes at Nederlander Theater New York City after 4 performances
1989 Buck Helm found alive after being buried 4 days, in San Francisco earthquake
1989 Houston becomes 1st major college team to gain 1000 yards in a game
1989 1st black owners (Betram Lee and Peter Bynoe) to own a major sports team, purchasing Denver Nuggets for $65m
1988 Boston Celtics beat Yugoslavia 113-85 in Madrid
1988 Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos indicted on racketeering charges
1987 7th Belgium government of Martens forms
1987 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Robert M. Solow
1987 Senate debate begins rejecting Robert Bork's Supreme Court nomination
1986 1st-class cricket debut of Andy Flower, ZCU Presidents XI vs. Young WI
1986 Hugh Whitemore's "Breaking the Code," premieres in London
1986 IBM re-forms in South Africa
1986 Republic of Marshall Islands signs Compact of Free Association with US
1986 U.S. writer Edward A. Tracy kidnap in Beirut
1985 Qasim Omar (206) and Javed Miandad (203*) make 397 stand vs. SL
1984 Cleveland Browns' Steve Cox sets club record with a 60-yd field goal
1984 Niki Lauda becomes 3rd time motor racing world champ
1984 Steve Jones runs Chicago Marathon in world record 2:08:05
1983 Pope John Paul II names 3 new Dutch bishops
1980 "Banjo Dancing" opens at Century Theater New York City for 38 performances
1980 1st (& only) time Phillies win World Series (in 98 years)
1979 10th New York City Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42
1979 9th New York City Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:33
1979 Greta Weitz wins woman participation in New York City marathon (02:27:33)
1979 Israeli minister of Foreign affairs Moshe Dayan resigns
1979 Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
1977 U.S. recalls William Bowdler, ambassador to South Africa
1976 American Saul Bellow wins Nobel Prize for Literature
1976 Cincinnati Reds sweep New York Yankees, in 73rd World Series
1976 New York Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed
1976 New York Yankee Thurman Munson ties World Series mark of 6 straight singles
1976 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Saul Bellow
1975 "Treemonisha" opens at Uris Theater New York City for 64 performances
1975 Coast Guard Academy 1st allows women to enroll
1975 Elton John given a star in Hollywood
1975 Mexico City's 1st major subway accident takes 26 lives
1975 Red Sox Carlton Fisk's 12th inning home run beats Reds 7-6 in game 6 of WS
1975 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1975 Venera 9, 1st craft to orbit planet Venus launched
1974 1st Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 5-0 vs Caps
1974 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Cubic Corp Golf Classic
1973 A's manager Dick Williams quits after A's beat Mets in World Series
1973 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Waco Tribune Herald Ladies Golf Classic
1972 "Dude" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 16 performances
1972 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Beaumont Theater New York City after 140 performances
1972 "Pacific Paradise" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 5 performances
1971 "To Live Another Summer" opens at Helen Hayes New York City for 173 performances
1971 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Pablo Neruda
1971 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1971 William H Rehnquist and Lewis F Powell nominated to U.S. Supreme Court by Nixon, following resignations of Justices Hugo Black and John Harlan
1970 777 Unification church couples wed in Korea
1970 Caledonian Airways takes over British United Airways
1970 Nobel prize of peace awarded to Norman E Borlaugh
1969 Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)
1969 Leonard Gersh' "Butterflies are Free," premieres in New York City
1969 Willy Burns elected chancellor of West Germany
1969 Major General Mohamed Siad Barre becomes President of Somali
1967 Egypt sinks Israeli torpedo boat
1967 Thousands opposing Vietnam War try to storm Pentagon
1966 144 die as a coal waste landslide engulfed a school in Aberfan S Wales
1965 KTWU TV channel 11 in Topeka, KS (PBS) begins broadcasting
1965 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Robert B Woodward
1965 Robert B. Woodward awarded Nobel prize for chemistry
1965 Vivian Beaumont Theater (New York City) opens
1964 Abebe Bikila runs world/olympic record marathon (2:12:11.2)
1964 Braves ask NL to allow them to leave Milwaukee for Atlanta
1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Carlsbad Cavern Golf Open
1961 Barbra Striesand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"
1961 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan U.S.S.R.
1960 1st British nuclear sub Dreadnought launched
1960 John F. Kennedy and Nixon clashed in 4th and final presidential debate (New York City)
1959 Contra revolutionaries bomb Havana
1959 Guggenheim Museum, by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in N.Y.C.
1959 Players Association approves 2 All-Star Games in 1960, to be held in Kansas City and NY
1958 1st women in English House of Lords
1957 Giants purchase Class-A Phoenix team
1957 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley opens
1957 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
1956 Betty Dodd wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
1954 Dorothy Parker/Arnaud d'Usseau's "Ladies of the Corridor," premieres
1954 Indonesian troops land in New-Guinea
1952 Dutch government refuses New-Guinea (West-Irian)
1950 Chinese forces occupy Tibet
1950 Death penality abolished in Belgium
1950 Patty Berg wins LPGA Hardscrabble Women's Golf Invitation
1950 Tom Powers of Duke scores 6 touchdowns
1948 Beersheba liberated by Israeli army
1948 Dutch Constellation crashes at Prestwick Scotland (40 murder)
1948 Facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated (Washington D.C.)
1948 U.N. reject Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons
1947 Dutch Dakota explodes near Coopenhagen, 16 die
1945 Women in France allowed to vote for 1st time
1944 Canadian troops occupy Breskens
1944 During WW II, U.S. troops capture Aachen, 1st large German city to fall
1944 Walter Piston's "Fugue for a Victory Tune," premieres in New York City
1940 RAF drops 1st anti-nazi pamphlets on Netherlands
1938 Japanese troops occupies Canton
1937 Dmitri Shostakovich's 5th Symphony premieres
1937 Franco-troops occupies Gijon
1935 Hank Greenberg selected AL MVP unanimously
1925 Sidney Howards "Lucky Sam McGarver," premieres in New York City
1924 KLM Fokker's F7 H-NACC departs to Dutch East Indies
1923 1st planetarium opens at Deutsche Museum in Munich
1921 Tuschinski Theater opens in Amsterdam
1918 Margaret Owen sets world typing speed record of 170 wpm for 1 min
1917 1st Americans to see action on front lines of WW I
1917 Petrograds garrison accepts Revolutionary Military Committee
1916 U.S. Army forms Reserve Officers Training Corps
1915 1st transatlantic radiotelephone message, Arlington, Virginia to Paris
1914 Battle of Warsaw ends with German defeat
1911 RS Hichens and M Hudsons "Garden of Allah," premieres in New York City
1911 Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union
1905 England Pilgrim Association beats All New York 11, 7-1 in soccer at Polo Grounds
1899 Battle at Elandslaagte Natal: (Boers vs British army)
1897 Yerkes Observatory of University of Chicago is dedicated
1887 Detroit clinches best-of-15 touring World Championship with its 8th victory in Game 11 this afternoon in Baltimore, 13-3
1879 Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb
1878 German republic chancellor Bismarck delegates end of "Socialism"
1871 1st U.S. amateur outdoor athletic games (NY)
1869 1st shipment of fresh oysters comes overland from Baltimore
1868 Severe earthquake at 7:53 AM, centered in Hayward, California
1864 Battle of Westport, MO (Kansas City)
1861 Battle of Balls Bluff, Virginia (Leesburg, Harrison's Island)
1858 In Paris, the Can-Can is 1st performed
1858 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Orphee aux Enfers," premieres in Paris
1824 Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement (Yorkshire England)
1805 Battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Nelson defeats French and Spanish fleet and dies
1797 U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, Old Ironsides, launched in Boston
1727 Russian and Chinese accord to correct boundaries
1708 Dutch and English troops occupy Lille (Rijsel)
1652 King Louis XIV returns to Paris
1641 Catholic uprising in Ulster: 1000s English and Scots killed
1639 Dunes (Marten Tromp defeats Spanish armada under De Oquendo)
1639 Sea battle at Dunes: Lieutenant Admiral Maarten Tromp beats Spanish Armada
1601 Memorial service for Daitokuji's Shinju held for Ikkyu Sojun in Kyoto
1591 Nijmegen surrenders to Earl Mauritius van Nassau
1568 2nd Altenburger sermon: Philippisten/Gnesiolutheranen
1555 Emperor Charles V makes Erard of Pallandt earl of Culemborg
1555 English parliament refuses to recognize Philip of Spain as king
1553 Volumes of Talmud are burned
1520 Ferdinand Magellen arrives at Tierra Del Fuego (Pacific Ocean)
1496 Emperor Maximiliaans daughter marries Spanish crown prince Johan of Aragon/Philip de Blank marries Johanna "the Waanzinnige" of Aragon
1492 Columbus lands on San Salvador Island
1492 Columbus' discovers America (Oct 12, 1492 Julian calender)
1096 Sultan Kilidj Arslan of Nicea defeats 1st Crusaders
686 Conon begins his reign as Catholic Pope
335 Constantinople emperor Constantine the Great rules laws against Jews
310 St. Eusebius ends his reign as Catholic Pope