Today is Oct. 21.
It was one of history's greatest naval battles. On this date in 1805, the British fleet under Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated the combined French-Spanish fleet at Trafalgar off the coast of Spain. Although victorious, Nelson was mortally wounded in the battle, which ended the threat of Napoleon's invasion of England.
After 14 months of experiments, Thomas Edison invented the first practical electric incandescent lamp and he demonstrated it on this date in 1879. The proto-type, developed in Edison's lab in Menlo Park, N.J., could burn for 13 1/2 hours.
Swedish chemist and industrialist Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prize, was born on this date in 1833. The Nobel Prizes are awarded annually on Dec. 10, the anniversary of his death.
It was on this date in 1950 that Chinese troops occupied Tibet. The Dali Lama stuck it out until 1959, when he fled to India.
And it was on this date in 1987 that the Senate rejected the nomination of U.S. Federal District Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court by the biggest margin in history, 58-42.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.