On This Day in History October 21, 2020

1805 – A British fleet under Admiral Lord Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar, fought off the coast of Spain.

1921 – Pres. Warren G. Harding condemns lynchings in a speech in Alabama. Although his administration was scandal-plagued, Harding advocated full civil rights for African Americans and suffrage for women.

1959 – The bizarrely-shaped Guggenheim Museum, home to one of the world’s top contemporary art collections, opens on New York City’s Fifth Avenue.

1967 – Nearly 100,000 people gather in Washington, D.C., to protest the American war effort in Vietnam, signifying waning support for Pres. Lyndon Johnson’s Asian war.