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This Day in History for October 21

1797 – The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) is launched in Boston.

1869 – 1st shipment of fresh oysters comes overland from Baltimore.

1902 – In the United States, a five-month strike by United Mine Workers ends.

1915 – 1st transatlantic radiotelephone message, Arlington, Va to Paris.

1917 – 1st Americans to see action on front lines of WWI: US troops enter front lines at Sommervillier under French command.

1925 – Sidney Howard “Lucky Sam McGarver” premieres in NYC.

1944 – World War II: US troops capture Aachen, 1st large German city to fall.

1948 – Facsimile high-speed radio transmission demonstrated (Washington, D.C.)

1959 – Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in New York.

1960 – JFK & Nixon clashed in 4th & final presidential debate (NYC)

1967 – Tens of thousands of anti-Vietnam War protesters march on the Pentagon, besieging the military headquarters for two days.

1975 – Coast Guard Academy 1st allows women to enroll.

1976 – Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Saul Bellow.

1982 – Private funeral service held for Bess Truman, former First Lady of the United States.

1985 – Republic of Marshall Islands signs Compact of Free Association with US.

1989 – Houston becomes 1st major college football team to gain 1000 yards in a game.

1991 – US hostage Jesse Turner released from 5 years in captivity in Beirut.

1994 – North Korea signs pact to end their nuclear projects.

1995 – Addison Vance, 18, of Hickory, NC, crowned 7th Ms Venus Swimwear.

2014 – Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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