October 21

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1797 – “Old Ironsides,” the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston’s harbor.

1849 – James F. O’Connell, the first tattooed man, was put on exhibition at the Franklin Theatre in New York, NY.

1879 – Thomas Edison applied for a patent for his design for an incandescent lamp. It lasted 13-1/2 hours before it burned out.

1908 – A “Saturday Evening Post” advertisement offered a chance to buy a two-sided record from Columbia.

1918 – Margaret Owen set a typing speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter.

1925 – The photoelectric cell was first demonstrated at the Electric Show in New York, NY.

1925 – The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations.

1927 – In New York, NY, construction began on the George Washington Bridge.

1929 – The Edison Institute, at the Greenfield Village and Form Museum) was dedicated by Thomas Edison and President Herbert Hoover.

1940 – The first edition of the Ernest Hemingway novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls” was published.

1959 – In New York, NY, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public.

1975 – Elton John received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1977 – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was established. It includes the giant dunes, South and North Manitou Islands.

1991 – Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.

1996 – Jay Bargieri, a former executive with EMI Records, announced the launch of the first Internet record label. The record label, Jay-Bird Records, was the first of its kind.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Joyce Randolph 1924 – Actress (Played Trixie on TV’s “The Honeymooners”) Born in Detroit, MI

Manfred Mann 1940 – Musician

Steve Cropper 1941 – Musician (Booker T & the MGs, Blues Brothers)

Elvin Bishop 1942 – Singer (Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin Bishop Group)

Judy Sheindlin 1942 – TV personality (TV’s “Judge Judy”)

Paula Kelly 1943 – Actress (TV’s “Santa Barbara”, “Night Court”)

Everett McGill 1945 – Actor (“Licence to Kill”, “Silver Bullet”, “The People Under the Stairs”, “Heartbreak Ridge”, “Dune”, “Yanks”, “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory”, “My Fellow Americans”)

Lee Loughnane 1946 – Musician (Chicago)

Charlotte Caffey 1953 – Musician (Go-Go’s)

Eric Faulkner 1953 – Musician (Bay City Rollers)

Steve Lukather 1957 – Musician (Toto)

Melora Walters 1959 – Actress (TV’s “Big Love”)

Jeremy Miller 1976 – Actor (Played Ben Seaver on TV’s “Growing Pains”)

Will Estes 1978 – Actor (TV’s “American Dreams”, “Blue Bloods”)

Michael McMillian 1978 – Actor (TV’s “True Blood”, “Hot in Cleveland”)

Kim Kardashian 1980 – TV personality (TV’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”, “Kourtney and Kim Take New York”, “Dancing With the Stars: Season 7”)

 

TODAY IS:

Apple Day

Count Your Buttons Day

Reptile Awareness Day

Sweetest Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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