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This Day in History: October 21

October 21: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1520 - Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as Strait of Magellan.
  2. 1797 - In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate USS Constitution is launched.
  3. 1959 - In New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens to the public.
  4. 1983 - The metre is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second.
  5. 2003 - Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in documenting its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Alfred Nobel (Swedish inventor and founder of the Nobel Prize), Mary Blair (American artist and illustrator), Domenico Zampieri (Italian painter), Ronald McNair (American astronaut), Fred Hersch (American jazz pianist)

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