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October 21st

1805 In one of history's greatest naval battles, the British fleet under Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated the combined French-Spanish fleet at Trafalgar off the coast of Spain.
1879 After 14 months of experiments, Thomas Edison invented the first practical electric incandescent lamp.
1908 The Saturday Evening Post magazine carried an ad for a brand new product: a two-sided phonograph record.
1950 Chinese troops occupied Tibet.
1959 Rocket designer Wernher von Braun and his team were transferred from the U.S. Army to the newly created National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
1987 The U.S. Senate rejected U.S. President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court by the biggest margin in history, 58-42.
1990 Gunmen stormed the home of a key supporter of Lebanese Christian military leader Michel Aoun, killing him, his wife and their two sons.
1991 Beirut University professor Jesse Turner, a hostage since January 1987, was released by his captors in Lebanon.
1992 New York protesters upset with Sinead O'Connor for ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live, used a steamroller to crush dozens of the Irish singer's CDs, records and tapes.
1994 Rosario Ames, wife of confessed spy Aldrich Ames, was sentenced to 63 months in prison for collaborating with her husband.
1996 The Dow Jones industrial average of 30 major stocks topped the 6,000 mark for the first time.
2004 The most senior soldier accused in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal in Iraq, Staff Sgt. Ivan Chip Frederick, was sentenced to eight years in prison.
2005 Results from the Afghanistan parliamentary elections showed that Islamic conservatives and former jihad fighters made up at least half of the lower house.
2007 U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, in one of the strongest warnings from Washington on the matter, said, We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.
2008 U.S. President George Bush reportedly decided not to close the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba where the United States holds suspected terrorists, despite his stated desire to do so.
2008 Saudi Arabian officials said they have indicted nearly 1,000 suspected militants, saying the country was a target for an organized terror campaign. The campaign was said to be aimed at undermining the country's lifestyle and economy and had a direct link to al-Qaida.
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