This Day in History — October 21
Kim Kardashian, American television personality, was born on this day in history, 1980.

Today is the 294th day of 2022. There are 71 days left in the year.


1967: Tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters march in Washington, DC.


1797: The US Navy frigate Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, is launched in Boston's harbour.

1805: A British fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats the French and Spanish in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however, is killed.

1847: The Sonderbund War between Catholics and Protestants begins in Switzerland.

1861: The first South American railroad line is inaugurated in Paraguay.

1879: American inventor Thomas A Edison demonstrates the first electric lamp.

1913: Royalist uprising in Portugal fails.

1916: Austria's premier, Count Carl Stuergkh, is assassinated by a socialist.

1923: Start of a 160-day heat- wave in Marble Bar, Western Australia, during which the temperature does not fall below 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit).

1938: Japanese troops take Canton in China.

1944: US troops capture the German city of Aachen during World War II.

1945: Women vote for the first time in France.

1961: President Gamal Abdel Nasser confiscates property of wealthy Egyptians.

1966: More than 140 people, mostly children, are killed when a coal waste landslide engulfs a school and several houses in South Wales.

1969: Willy Brandt becomes first social democratic chancellor in West Germany's 20-year history.

1971: North Vietnam's Premier Phan Van Dong says his Government is ready to accept ceasefire as the first step toward settlement of the Vietnam War.

1973: Four Gulf states cut off oil supplies to the United States to protest US arms shipments to Israel in Middle East conflict.

1988: A federal grand jury in New York indicts former Philippine President Ferdinand E Marcos and his wife, Imelda, on charges of fraud and racketeering. Marcos dies before he could be brought to trial; his widow, Imelda, is acquitted in 1990.

1996: A United Nations envoy arrives in Kabul, Afghanistan, to try to avert an all out war for the shattered city.

1999: A powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake strikes Taiwan in the pre-dawn hours, killing more than 2,300 people and damaging 82,000 housing units. The quake causes some US$9 billion in damage and noticeably alters the island's topography.

2001: The Solidarity Electoral Action social movement that Lech Walesa led to victory over Polish communists in 1989 concedes defeat one month after being trounced by ex-communists — the Democratic Left Alliance.

2002: A vehicle packed with explosives slams into a bus near Hadera, in northern Israel, killing 14 Israelis and wounding 50 others.

2004: Japan starts the clean-up from its deadliest typhoon in over a decade, a day after the storm ripped across the country, killing 55 people and leaving 24 missing.

2008: Former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra is convicted of corruption in absentia and sentenced to two years in prison.

2011: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) says it plans to end its seven-month bombing campaign in Libya at the end of the month, leaving the battle-scarred country's new authorities on their own to ensure security after the death of Moammar Gadhafi and the ouster of his regime.

2013: France joins a growing list of angry allies who are demanding answers from the United States over aggressive surveillance tactics by the National Security Agency.

2014: Syrian President Bashar Assad takes advantage of the US-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels.


Sir Christopher Wren, English architect (1632-1723); Arthur Rimbaud, French author (1854-1891); John Dewey, US philosopher (1859-1952); Don Stephen Senanayake, first prime minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) (1884-1952); Kim Kardashian, American television personality and entrepreneur (1980- )

— AP

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