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Today in History

Today in History: October 21

Saturday 21/October/2017 - 12:56 AM
Sada El Balad
Today is Saturday، the 294th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 71 days remaining until the end of the year.

Today's highlights in history:

Egyptian Naval Day: This holiday commemorates the sinking of the Israeli destroyer INS Eilat by the Egyptian Naval Force in 1967. Thus the Egyptian Navy became the first navy ever to sink a ship using anti-ship missiles.

On this date:

790 - The Tricolour is chosen as the official flag of France.
1861 - The first South American railroad line is inaugurated in Paraguay.
1879 - American inventor Thomas A. Edison demonstrates the first electric lamp.
1923 - The world’s first planetarium projector opens at the Deutsches Museum in Munich، Germany.
1945 - Argentine politician Juan Peron marries actress Eva Duarte.
1950 - Chinese forces occupy Tibet.
1960 - The first British nuclear submarine، Dreadnought، is launched at Barrow-in-Furness، Cumbria.
1966 - More than 140 people، mostly children، are killed when a coal waste landslide engulfs a school and several houses in south Wales.
1969 - Willy Brandt is elected Chancellor of West Germany.
1975 - Mexico City subway crash kills 20 people when a stationary train is hit by another train.
1986 - American writer Edward Tracy is kidnapped by terrorists in Beirut.
1989 - A Honduran jet breaks apart in flight and crashes outside Tegucigalpa، killing at least 120 people.
1993 - Gunmen assassinate Asaad Saftawi، a leading member of PLO chairman Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip.
1994 - At least 32 people are killed when a bridge in central Seoul collapses during the morning rush hour.
1996 - Arnoldo Aleman claims victory over Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua’s presidential election.
2000 - Thuraya-1، the first satellite of Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co، is successfully launched into orbit.
2004 - Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is sworn in as Indonesian President.
2009 - A Khartoum-bound cargo plane crashes two minutes after take-off from Sharjah Airport، killing all six crew members.
2014 - South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
2015 - Abu Dhabi Global Market، a new international financial centre، opens for business with the approval of financial services licence applications.

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