The National Weather Service predicts sunny skies and a high of 72.
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1797 The U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," was christened in Boston's harbor.
1879 Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.
1917 Members of the 1st Division of the U.S. Army training in Luneville, France, became the first Americans to see action on the front lines of World War I.
1962 The Seattle World's Fair closed after six months and nearly 10 million visitors. President John F. Kennedy, scheduled to attend the closing ceremony, canceled because of what was described as a "head cold"; the actual reason turned out to be the Cuban Missile Crisis.
1969 Beat poet and author Jack Kerouac died in St. Petersburg, Fla., at age 47.
In The Star
Oct. 21, 1938, in The Star: A caravan of about 500 automobiles will pass through Anniston tomorrow morning starting about 9:30, transporting Auburn fans to their team’s football game with Georgia Tech. Originating from Birmingham and bound for Atlanta, the caravan will pause briefly on the Bankhead Highway near the Monsanto Chemical Company plant so that the lead car, carrying governor nominee Frank Dixon, might be greeted by the Anniston Junior Chamber of Commerce. Also this date: For three days next week the Ritz Theater will be showing the movie Boys’ Town, starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. In an advertisement, Ritz manager Thomas G. Coleman personally endorses the picture.
Oct. 21, 1988, in The Star: The Anniston City Board of Education last night received $6,000 it hadn't expected, money paid by McWane Inc., as fees in lieu of taxes. In Alabama, many new industries are exempted from ad valorem taxes as an incentive for locating in the state, but in Anniston, industrial development experts ask that industries pay the portion of those taxes that would go to schools, in the form of fees in lieu of taxes. The $6,000 came in the form of two $3,000 checks presented to the board by Anniston Mayor Bill Robison and banker John Wheeler in his capacity as president of the city's Industrial Development Board.
Birthdays for October 21
Actress Joyce Randolph is 89. Author Ursula K. Le Guin is 84. Rock singer Manfred Mann is 73. Musician Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the MG's) is 72. Actress-author Carrie Fisher is 57. Singer Julian Cope is 56. Rock musician Steve Lukather (Toto) is 56. Actor Ken Watanabe is 54. Actress Melora Walters is 53. Actor Jeremy Miller is 37. Actor Will Estes is 35. Actor Michael McMillian is 35. Actor Matt Dallas is 31.
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