In questo giorno, Ott. 21 ...
1892: Thomas Edison perfects a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.
Anche in questo giorno:
- 1797: Gli Stati Uniti. Navy frigate Constitution, conosciuto anche come “Old Ironsides,” is christened in Boston’s harbor.
- 1892: Schoolchildren across the U.S. observe Columbus Day (according to the Gregorian date) by reciting, per la prima volta, the original version of “The Pledge of Allegiance,” written by Francis Bellamy for The Youth’s Companion.
- 1917: Members of the 1st Division of the U.S. Army training in Luneville, Francia, become the first Americans to see action on the front lines of World War I.
- 1960: Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon clash in their fourth and final presidential debate in New York.
- 1967: Tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters begin two days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C.
- 1971: President Richard Nixon nominates Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Corte Suprema. (Both nominees would be confirmed.)
- 1975: Carlton Fisk hits a dramatic home run in the 12th inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 7-6 victory over the Reds in Game 6 of the World Series, forcing a Game 7. The image of Fisk waving – and willing – the ball fair would become one of the most iconic moments in Major League Baseball history.
- 1976: Saul Bellow wins the Nobel Prize for literature, the first American honored since John Steinbeck in 1962.
- 1985: Former San Francisco Supervisor Dan White — who’d served five years in prison for killing Mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights advocate — is found dead in a garage, a suicide.
- 1996: President Clinton’s “don’t ask, non dirlo” policy on gays in the military survives its first Supreme Court test.
- 2001: Washington, D.C., postal worker Thomas L. Morris Jr. dies of inhalation anthrax as officials begin testing thousands of postal employees.
- 2018: A growing caravan of Honduran migrants continues through southern Mexico toward the United States, after getting past Mexican agents who briefly blocked them at the Guatemalan border.