October 21: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on October 21st throughout history. The 294th day of the Gregorian calendar is October 21st. On this day, Los Angeles Rams safety Fred Dryer became the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in a game; the Guggenheim Museum in New York City opened; and French women voted for the first time in a parliamentary election.

The 21st of October falls under the sign of Libra. Carrie Fisher and Alfred Nobel are two famous people that were born on October 21st. National Apple Day and Pets for Vets Day are also celebrated today.


(October 21, 1805)
Admiral Horatio Nelson is killed by musket fire on the deck of H.M.S. Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and dies in the midshipmen's bunk below deck. photo source:


(October 21, 1879)
At his Menlo Park, New Jersey laboratory, Thomas Edison produced a usable electric light in 1879. photo source:

(October 21, 1907)
The Qaratog earthquake, which struck Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in 1907, killed between 12,000 and 15,000 people on both sides of the border. photo source:

(October 21, 1944)
The first kamikaze attack on HMAS Australia occurs when a Japanese aircraft carrying a 200 kg (441 lb) bomb strikes the superstructure above the bridge. 30 crew members were killed in the attack, which inflicted major damage to the ship but did not destroy it due to the bombs' failure to explode. photo source:

(October 21, 1945)
As part of the woman's suffrage movement, women in France gain the right to vote in parliamentary elections. Many people believe that women in France in the 18th century started the contemporary woman's suffrage movement. photo source:


(October 21, 1966)
In Aberfan, Wales, the Aberfan Disaster buried a junior high school, killing 148 people, the majority of whom were children. The school was buried by a 700-foot-high landslide of mud and waste sludge caused by the nearby Merthyr Vale Colliery, which towered over the local school before collapsing. photo source:

(Died on October 21, 2020)
Frank Bough, English television presenter (b. 1933).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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