#TodayInHistory – October 21
October 21 – Some important events on this day.
335 👉🏼 Roman Emperor Constantine the Great rules that Jews are not allowed to purchase and circumcise Christian slaves
1520 👉🏼 Explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his fleet reach Cape Virgenes and become the first Europeans to sail into the Pacific Ocean
1805 👉🏼 Battle of Trafalgar: British Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats combined French and Spanish fleet. Nelson shot and killed during battle.
1854 👉🏼 Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War
1858 👉🏼 Jacques Offenbach’s operetta ” Orpheus in the Underworld” (Orphée aux Enfers) premieres in Paris, includes “Infernal Galop” (can-can tune)
1918 👉🏼 Margaret Owen sets world typing speed record of 170 wpm for 1 min
1944 👉🏼 World War II: US troops capture Aachen, 1st large German city to fall
1948 👉🏼 UN rejects Russian proposal to destroy atomic weapons
1950 👉🏼 Chinese forces occupy Tibet
1966 👉🏼 116 children and 28 adults died as a coal waste heap slid and engulfed a school in Aberfan, South Wales.
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1993 👉🏼 Failed military coup in Burundi, led by ex-President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, includes assassination President Ndadaye; 525,000 Hutus flee