November 21

TODAY IN HISTORY:

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

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 5-1/2 miles over Paris.

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

1847 – There was a tragic fire on the Lake Michigan schooner taking Dutch immigrants to Wisconsin. Two hundred lives were lost in the Phoenix disaster.

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

1877 – Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.

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

1942 – The Alaska Highway across Canada was formally opened.

1945 – The United Auto Workers went on strike at 92 General Motors plants in 50 cities to back up worker demands for a 30% raise. Two thousand workers continued their strike for 119 days.

1962 – President John F. Kennedy terminated the quarantine measures against Cuba.

1963 – 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 – President Richard M. Nixon’s attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, announced the presence of an 18-1/2 minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.

1975 – Elton John received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

1976 – The movie “Rocky” premiered in New York, NY.

1977 – The final stretch of I-96 was opened to the public. The highway stretches from Muskegon to Detroit, MI for a total of 193 miles.

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

1980 – A deadly fire broke out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Paradise, NV (now Bally’s Las Vegas). Eighty-seven people were killed and more than 650 were injured in the worst disaster in Nevada history.

1982 – The National Football League resumed its season following a 57-day player’s strike.

1986 – National Security Council members Oliver North and his secretary started to shred documents allegedly implicating them in the Iran-Contra affair.

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.

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

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.

2003 – In Santa Barbara, CA, Michael Jackson was booked on suspicion of child molestation. He immediately posted the $3 million bail and then flew back to Las Vegas, NV, where he had been filming a video. He was given an arraignment date of January 9, 2004.

2003 – Phil Spector was charged with the murder of Lana Clarkson at his home the previous February. Spector pled innocent.

2013 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 16,000 for the first time.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Joseph Campanella 1924 – Actor (TV’s “The Guiding Light”, “Mannix”, “The Bold Ones: The Lawyers”, “One Day at a Time”, “The Colbys”, “Days of Our Lives”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”)

Marlo Thomas 1937 – Actress (TV’s “That Girl”)

Dr. John 1940 – Singer, songwriter, musician (“Right Place Wrong Time”)

Juliet Mills 1941 – Actress (TV’s “Nanny and the Professor”, “QB VII”, “Hawaii Five O”, “Passions”, movie “Avanti!”)

Goldie Hawn 1945 – Actress (“Cactus Flowe”, “Private Benjamin”, “The Banger Sisters”, “Swing Shift”, “Foul Play”, “Shampoo”, “The Sugarland Express”, “There’s a Girl in My Soup”, TV’s “Laugh-In”)

Lonnie Jordan 1948 – Musician, singer (War)

Lorna Luft 1952 – Actress, singer

Cherry Jones 1956 – Actress (“The Horse Whisperer”, “Erin Brockovich”, “The Village”, “Amelia”, “The Beaver”, TV’s “Awake”, “24”)

Cynthia Rhodes 1956 – Actress (“Flashdance”, “Dirty Dancing”, “Runaway”, “Staying Alive”)

Nicollette Sheridan 1963 – Actress (TV’s “Desperate Housewives”, “Knots Landing”)

Björk 1965 – Singer

Troy Aikman 1966 – Football player, sportscaster

Ken Griffey Jr. 1969 – Baseball player

Michael Strahan 1971 – Football player, talk show host (TV’s “Live with Kelly and Michael”, “Good Morning America”)

Cherie Johnson 1975 – Actress (TV’s “Family Matters”, “Punky Brewster”)

Jena Malone 1984 – Actress (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “Sucker Punch”, “Into the Wild”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “The United States of Leland”, “Donnie Darko”, “For Love of the Game”)

Carly Rae Jepsen 1985 – Singer (“Call Me Maybe”)

 

TODAY IS:

Entrepreneurs’ Day

World Hello Day

World Television Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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