Born on this Day 21st October
1772 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1833 Alfred Nobel
1868 Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton
1926 Leonard Rossiter
1940 Geoff Boycott
1940 Manfred Mann
1953 Peter Mandelson
1956 Carrie Fisher
1957 Julian Cope
1962 David Campese
1967 Paul Ince
1971 Jade Jagger
1979 Karl Harris
1982 Antony Kay
1984 Kieran Richardson
1986 Scott Rendell
1989 Luke Murphy
1991 Tom Eastman
1991 Vadaine Oliver
1991 Harry Pell
Died On This Day
1805 Lord Horatio Nelson
1984 Francois Truffaut
1994 Burt Lancaster
1956 Frankie Laine reached the No.1 spot with ‘Woman In Love’ in the UK charts while the Four Tops entered at No.20 with another version of the same track.
1996 Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits signed to play guitar for the Dunblane charity single ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’.
1964 Terry Venables completed a unique collection of caps in England’s match against Belgium at Wembley, having gained caps at youth, amateur, under 23 and full international status.
1984 Nikki Lauda finished 2nd in the Portuguese Grand Prix to become world champion for the 3rd time.
1996 The BBC announced that ‘Sportsnight’ would be axed after almost 30 years because it was regarded as being stale.
People & Showbiz
1911 Britain’s first film fan magazine, ‘Pictures’ was first published in Britain for 1d. weekly.
2137 BC The first recorded total eclipse of the sun was witnessed in China.
1492 Columbus discovered America(October 12, 1492 on the Julian calendar).
1805 Lord Horatio Nelson was killed during the battle of Trafalgar.
1958 The first women peers were introduced into the House of Lords.
1960 Dreadnought, Britain’s first nuclear-powered submarine was launched at Barrow in Lancashire.
1964 Labour’s Harriet Slater became Britain’s first woman parliamentary whip.
1966 A coal tip slid onto the South Wales village of Aberfan and killed 144 people, including 116 children.
1991 American hostage Jesse Turner was released after being held captive in Beirut for nearly 5 years.