October 21st

1805 – Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson defeated the French and Spanish combined fleet in the Batlle Of Trafalgar. This leaves the British ruling the seas unchallenged for over one hundred years. Lord Nelson dies in this battle.

1854 – Florence Nightingale (The Lady With The Lamp) is sent to the Crimean War alongside 38 nurses.

1879 – Thomas Edison tests the first light bulb and it lasts 13.5 hours

1945 – Juan Peron marries Evita (Eva Peron) in Argentina. (This is big news as it is basis for the musical Evita which is a great show!)

1983 – The metre is defined as the distance travelled by light in a vaccuum. (For any geeks who want to know, that is 1/299792458 in a second)

Births

Alfred Nobel – Founder of the Nobel Prize (1833), Judy Sheindlin – Judge Judy (1942), Peter Mandelson – Politician (1953), Alexandros Alexandris – Greek footballer with an amazing name (1968), Nemanja Vidic – Manchester United footballer (1981)

Deaths

Horatio Nelson – Lord Admiral for the Royal Navy (d. 1805)

Observances and Special Occassions

Apple Day (United Kingdom) – a celebration of apples and orchards.

International Day of the Nacho (USA and Canada)

Number 1s

Connie Francis – Stupid Cupid/Carolina Moon (1958)

Sandie Shaw – (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me (1964)

Archies – Sugar Sugar (1969) (This song was a best seller and stayed at Number 1 for 8 weeks – outselling The Beatles and The Rolling Stones – great song mind)

Lieutenant Pigeon – Mouldy Old Dough (1972)

Olivia Newton John & John Travolta – Summer Nights (1978)

Jive Bunny&The Mastermixers – That’s What I Like (1989)

Simply Red – Fairground (1995)

U2 – Beautiful  Day (2000)

My Chemical Romance – Welcome To The Black Parade (2006) (This band’s most iconic song, but in my opinion I’m Not OK is a lot better. MCR were one of th most popular bands followed by ’emos’ of the naughties generation)

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One Response

  1. Had a great night last night celebrating my orchard and nachos 😉

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