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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, October  21, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Oct. 21, 1879, Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.
 
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1797The U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, was launched in Boston Harbor.
1805A British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French and Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson was killed in the battle.
1917American soldiers first saw action in World War I on the front lines in France.
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1967Tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters marched in Washington, D.C.
1971President Richard M. Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court.
1975Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hit a ball that struck the left field foul pole in Boston's Fenway Park for a home run, giving the Red Sox a 7-6 victory in 12 innings over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 6 of the World Series.
AP Photo/Harry Cabluck
1988Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, were indicted in New York on charges of fraud and racketeering.
2002A car packed with explosives blew up next to a bus in northern Israel during rush hour; 14 people were killed in addition to two suicide attackers.
2003Invoking a hastily-passed law, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ordered a feeding tube reinserted into Terry Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman at the center of a bitter right-to-die battle.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turns 65 years old today.
AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill
NameProfessionAge
Joyce RandolphActress ("The Honeymooners")90
Whitey FordBaseball Hall of Famer86
Manfred MannRock musician74
Steve CropperRock musician (Booker T. & the MG's)73
Elvin BishopSinger72
Judy SheindlinTV personality ("Judge Judy")72
Catherine HardwickeDirector ("Twilight")59
Carrie FisherActress, author58
Ken WatanabeActor55
Melora WaltersActress ("Big Love")54
Jeremy MillerActor ("Growing Pains")38
Michael McMillianActor ("True Blood")36
TV personality Kim Kardashian turns 34 years old today.
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