Oct. 21, 1921: In the first public remarks by a sitting president on the subject, President Harding, in Alabama, condemned the lynching of African Americans. The 1920s was a time of deep racism in the South; Harding's support of full civil rights for blacks encountered intense opposition.
Oct. 21, 1984: Acknowledging his own age, President Reagan said he would not make an issue of presidential opponent Walter Mondale's youth and inexperience. Reagan's line during his second debate with former Vice President Mondale was a response to a poor performance in their first debate — when Reagan said he was "confused," didn't know what city he was in, and said soldiers wore "wardrobes."
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