October 21

1797

The navy frigate U.S. Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides," was launched in Boston Harbor.

1805

Admiral Horatio Nelson died in the Battle of Trafalgar.

1837

Seminole chief Osceola was captured as he carried a white flag of truce during the Second Seminole War.

1879

Thomas Edison invented a workable incandescent electric lamp.

1959

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public in New York City.

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