TODAY IN HISTORY
Oct. 21, 1966
One hundred forty-four people, 116 of them children, were killed when a coal waste landslide engulfed a school and some 20 houses in Aberfan, Wales.
ALSO ON THIS DATE 1797
The U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides,” was christened in Boston’s harbor.
Superhero Wonder Woman made her debut in All-Star Comics issue No. 8, published by All-American Comics Inc. of New York.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public in New York.
President Richard Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Both nominees were confirmed.)