On This Day In History, 21 October

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World Events Today

  • The USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat, was launched today in 1797
  • Florence Nightingale and 38 women volunteer nurses that she trained, went to the Crimean War today in 1854
  • The Guggenheim Museum in New York opened today in 1959

Entertainment Events Today

  • The musical comedy drama movie My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins, was released today in 1964, it won 8 Academy Awards
  • The Austrian racing driver Niki Lauda finished second in the Portuguese Grand Prix today in 1984, it was enough for him to win the Drivers’ Championship for that year
  • United We Stand, What More Can I Give, a benefit concert led by Michael Jackson, was held today in 2001, all profits went to the September 11th charity fund

Family Events Today

  • The American actress Carrie Fisher, most famous for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, was born today in 1956 in California
  • Jade Sheena Jezebel Jagger, the daughter of the Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, was born today in 1971 in Paris
  • The American media personality Kim Kardashian, who stars, with other members of her family, in Keeping Up with the Kardashians, was born today in 1980 in Los Angeles

Main Event Today

  • Admiral Lord Nelson, led the British Royal Navy to victory against the French and Spanish Navies at the Battle of Trafalgar, today in 1805

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

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