Today is Saturday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2017. There are 71 days left in the year.
On Oct. 21, 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.
In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," was christened in Boston's harbor.
In 1805, a British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however, was killed.
In 1917, jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie was born in Cheraw, South Carolina.
In 1941, superheroine Wonder Woman made her debut in All-Star Comics issue No. 8, published by All-American Comics, Inc. of New York.
In 1942, the MGM musical "For Me and My Gal," starring Judy Garland and featuring the film debut of Gene Kelly, premiered in New York.
In 1959, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public in New York.
In 1966, 144 people, 116 of them children, were killed when a coal waste landslide engulfed a school and some 20 houses in Aberfan, Wales.
In 1967, tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters began two days of demonstrations in Washington.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1986, pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon abducted American Edward Tracy (he was released in Aug. 1991).
Birthdays: Actress Joyce Randolph is 93. Rock singer Manfred Mann is 77. Musician Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the MG's) is 76. Singer Elvin Bishop is 75. TV's Judge Judy Sheindlin is 75. Musician Lee Loughnane (Chicago) is 71. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is 68. Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go's) is 64. Christian rock musician Charlie Lowell (Jars of Clay) is 44. Kim Kardashian West is 37.
Thought for Today: "A man is what he thinks about all day long." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet and philosopher (1803-1882).