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This Day in History for October 21

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1854 – Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War.

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

1902 – A five month strike by United Mine Workers ends.

1915 – William Jennings Bryan’s successor as US Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, sends a note to Britain protesting interference with US shipping.

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

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

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

1950 – Tom Powers of Duke scores 6 touchdowns.

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

1964 – Braves ask NL to allow them to leave Milwaukee for Atlanta.

1964 – Film version of “My Fair Lady” directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1965)

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

1973 – World Series Baseball, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum: defending champion Oakland A’s beat NY Mets, 5-2 in Game 7 to retain title; A’s manager Dick Williams immediately quits; MVP: A’s outfielder Reggie Jackson.

1973 – 23rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Benny Parsons wins.

1980 – Phillies win their 1st World Championship in their 98-year history.

1984 – Cleveland Browns’ Steve Cox sets club record with a 60-yard field goal.

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

2001 – “United We Stand” benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attack victims, held at RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. organized and headlined by Michael Jackson and featuring Aerosmith, Mariah Carey and The Backstreet Boys.

2018 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus is presented with the Mark Twain Prize, comedy’s top honor, at a ceremony in New York.

2019 – Facebook says it has taken down four state-baked disinformation campaigns, three from Iran, one from Russia in additions to dozens earlier this year.

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