On This Day In History………21st October

 

1096

The “People's Army” (of The People's Crusade) – is defeated by The Turkish Army today. This will pave the way for the first “official” Christian Crusade in The Holy Land.

1209

Otto IV becomes The Holy Roman Emperor today.

1520

The “Straits”of Megellan are discovered and named today- by Ferdinand Megellan.

1797

The USS “Constitution” is launched today from Boston Harbor.

1854

Florence Nightingale and her Staff of Nurses – set out for The Crimean War. Her work in front line combat medicine and care will help create The International Red Cross.

1944

The first Japanese "suicide" attack against an Allied Warship, occurred today. The Australian Ship, HMS "Australia" was hit near Leyte  (South Pacific), by a Kamakazi Fighter carrying an estimated 440-pound explosive.