On October 21:
1772 English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born.
The Battle of Trafalgar, as seen from the mizzen
starboard shrouds of the Victory
by J. M. W. Turner (oil on canvas, 1806 to 1808)
1917 US musician Dizzy Gillespie was born.
1921 English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold was born.
1931 English actress Vivian Pickles was born.
1940 English cricketer Geoff Boycott was born.
1940 English musician Manfred Mann was born.
1952 Trevor Chappell, Australian cricketer, was born.
1953 British politician Peter Mandelson was born.
1956 US author and actress Carrie Fisher was born.
1959 The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York opened to the public.
1964 Peter Snell won his second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
1966 A coal tip fellon the village of Aberfan in Wales, killing 144 people, mostly schoolchildren.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.