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On This Day in History - 21st October


1760Katsushka Hokusai, Japanese painter
1772Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet and friend of Wordsworth
1833Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor of 'Dynamite'
1868Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton, Inventor of the military tank
1927Nadia Narina, South African born, prima ballerina
1936Simon Gray, Playwright
1940Geoff Boycott, Yorkshire and England batsman
1954Eric Faulkner, Guitarist with the 'Bay City Rollers'
1957Julian Cope, Pop singer and member of 'Teardrop Explodes'


1805Admiral Lord Nelson was killed during a battle off Cape Trafalgar
1958The first women peers were introduced into the House of Lords
1960Britains first nuclear powered submarine, 'Dreadnought', was launched at Barrow in Lancashire
1966At Aberfan in Wales, a coal tip slid down onto the local school after heavy rain, killing 144 people
1982Gerry Adams was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, becoming the first Sinn Fein member to do so
1984RAF corporal Steve Jones from Barry, South Wales, won the Chicago marathon in a record time
1988A Greek cruise ship sank after a collision with a freighter. All 390 British schoolchildren and 81 teachers were rescued