Many readers ask The Old Farmer's Almanac what happened on their birthday--or the birthday of a loved one.. To help out, we've put together an everything-birthdays page! Find fun birthday facts, birthday history, folklore, and more!
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Weather History for October 21
1979: The temperature in Boston, Massachusetts, was 80 degrees F
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Birthday Lore for October 21
You are a natural leader and have decided executive ability. You are also a leader in your social life and are responsible for many of the pleasant affairs your circle enjoys. You are charming and gracious and always appear to the best advantage. You have many real friends and are loyal to them.
Who Else Shares This Birthday?
Born 1940: Manfred Mann (musician)
Born 1956: Carrie Fisher (actress)
Born 1950: Dr. Ronald McNair (astronaut)
On This Day in History
1879: Thomas Edison successfully tested for the first time a carbon-filament incandescent light bulb
1797: U.S.S. Constitution launched, Boston, Massachusetts
1805: Lord Horatio Nelson of Great Britain and his men destroyed a combined French and Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar
Signs of the Zodiac
LIBRA (September 23-October 22)
The Scales. Ruling planet: Venus. Element: Air. Quality: Relating. Ability: Diplomacy.You are the tactful diplomats of the zodiac. Ever concerned with the impact of your words and actions, you strive for harmony in all things. You weigh and balance with careful deliberation and thoroughly think through all your plans and activities. Good at seeing all sides of a situation, you are often drawn to fields dealing with the law or courts. Justice is your companion.While balance is your watchword, you do not maintain center at all times, rather, continuously swing and sway back and forth, always striving for the central point. If you work too many hours one week, you will sleep in a lot during the next. You intuitively sense where to fulfill your needs.