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Sunday, November 21, 2010

November 21 - This Day In History



This Day In History
Courtesy of
On-This-Day.com

November 21

1620 - The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620.



1694 - French author and philosopher Jean Francois Voltaire was born. At age 65 he spent only three days writing "Candide."



1783 - The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon. The pilots, Francois Pilatre de Rosier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d'Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes and 5½ miles over Paris.



1789 - North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.



1871 - M.F. Galethe patented the cigar lighter.



1877 - Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.



1922 - Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a member of the U.S. Senate.



1929 - Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali had his first art exhibit.



1934 - The New York Yankees purchased the contract of Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.



1942 - The Alaska highway across Canada was formally opened.



1953 - British Natural History Museum authorities announced that "Piltdown Man" was a hoax.



1962 - U.S. President Kennedy terminated the quarantine measures against Cuba.



1963 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, TX. They were beginning an ill-fated, two-day tour of Texas that would end in Dallas.



1973 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, announced the presence of an 18½-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.



1979 - The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked by a mob that set the building afire and killed two Americans.



1980 - An estimated 83 million viewers tuned in to find out "who shot J.R." on the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. Kristin was the character that fired the gun.



1980 - 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, NV.



1982 - The National Football League (NFL) resumed its season following a 57-day player's strike.



1985 - Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested after being accused of spying for Israel. He was later sentenced to life in prison.



1986 - U.S. Attorney General Meese was asked to conduct an inquiry of the Iran arms sales.



1987 - An eight-day siege began at a detention center in Oakdale, LA, as Cuban detainees seized the facility and took hostages.



1989 - The proceedings of Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.



1992 - U.S. Senator Bob Packwood, issued an apology but refused to discuss allegations that he'd made unwelcome sexual advances toward 10 women in past years.



1993 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted against making the District of Columbia the 51st state.



1994 - NATO warplanes bombed an air base in Serb-held Croatia that was being used by Serb planes to raid the Bosnian "safe area" of Bihac.



1995 - France detonated its fourth underground nuclear blast at a test site in the South Pacific.



1995 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 5,000-mark (5,023.55) for the first time.



1999 - China announced that it had test-launched an unmanned space capsule that was designed for manned spaceflight.



2000 - The Florida Supreme Court granted Al Gore's request to keep the presidential recounts going.



2001 - Microsoft Corp. proposed giving $1 billion in computers, software, training and cash to more than 12,500 of the poorest schools in the U.S. The offer was intended as part of a deal to settle most of the company's private antitrust lawsuits.



2002 - NATO invited Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.





Whose Birthday Is It?

Fran├žois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) 1694



William Beaumont 1785



Rene Magritte 1898



Stan Musial 1920



Vivian Blaine 1921



Joseph Campanella 1927



Jean Shepard 1933



Laurence Luckinbill 1934



Marlo Thomas 1938



Dr. John 1940



Natalia Makarova 1940



Juliet Mills 1941



Marcy Carsey 1944



Harold Ramis 1944



Goldie Hawn 1945



Lonnie Jordan 1948



Livingston Taylor 1950



Lorna Luft 1952



Cherry Jones 1956



Brian Ritchie 1960



Nicollette Sheridan 1963



Bjork Gudmundsdottir 1965



Troy Aikman 1966



Alex James 1968



Chauncey Hannibal 1968



Ken Griffey Jr. 1969



Pretty Lou 1971



Kelsi Osborn 1974



Jena Malone 1984




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