Are you curious to learn more facts from history? Here are a dozen tales from October 21st.
- 1097– The First Crusades, led by Godfrey of Bouillon, Bohemund of Taranto, and Raymond IV of Toulouse, begin the Siege of Antioch.
- 1520– Explorer Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan.
- 1774 – First time the word "Liberty" is displayed on a flag, which was raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
- 1797– In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution is launched.
- 1824– Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement.
- 1879– Inventor Thomas Edison invents a workable electric light bulb at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. It was tested the next day and lasted 13.5 hours. This event is considered the invention of the first commercially practical incandescent light.
- 1921– President Warren G. Harding delivers the first speech by a sitting U.S. President against lynching in the deep South.
- 1921 – George Melford's silent film, The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres.
- 1940– The first edition of the Ernest Hemingway novel For Whom the Bell Tolls is published.
- 1943– The Provisional Government of Free India is formally declared by Subhas Chandra Bose.
- 1959– In New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens to the public. Also on this date, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.
- 1973 – Fred Dryerof the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
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