21st November, on this day

164 BC Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. Events commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.
235 St Anterus begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1620 Plymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact (November 11, Old.Style date )
1654 Richard Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Virginia
1783: Men fly over Paris. French inventor Jean François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent, the Marquis d' Arlandes, make the first manned hot-air balloon flight, traveling five miles over Paris in 25 minutes
1787 Andrew Jackson admitted to the bar
1789 North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state
1791 Colonel Napoléon Bonaparte is promoted to full general and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.
1794 Honolulu Harbour discovered
1818 Russia's Czar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine
1824 1st Jewish Reform congregation established, Charleston, SC
1837 Thomas Morris of Australia skips rope 22,806 times
1843 Thomas Hancock patents vulcanised rubber
1847 Steamer "Phoenix" is lost on Lake Michigan, kills 200
1871 Moses Gale patents a cigar lighter
1877 Tom Edison announces his "talking machine" invention
1894 Port Arthur massacre : Port Arthur, Manchuria falls to the Japanese, a decisive victory of the First Sino-Japanese War.
1905 Albert Einstein's paper, "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", is published in the journal "Annalen der Physik". This paper reveals the relationship between energy and mass. This leads to the mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc².
1916 HMHS Britannic sinks in the Aegean Sea after a mine explodes, killing 30 people
1918 At the end of World War I, the German Fleet is surrendered to Britain at its northern naval base at Scapa Flow
1920 Bloody Sunday during the Anglo-Irish War
1922 Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States Senator.
1927 Columbine Mine Massacre : Striking coal miners were allegedly attacked with machine guns by a detachment of state police dressed in civilian clothes.
1933 1st US ambassador to USSR, W.C. Bullitt, begins service
1934 Cole Porter's musical 'Anything Goes' opens in New York, making American actress/singer Ethel Merman an overnight star
1935 1st commercial crossing of Pacific by plane (China Clipper)
1936 Britain gets its first television gardening programme: 'In Your Garden' with Mr Middleton
1942 The completion of the Alaska Highway (also known as the Alcan Highway) is celebrated (however, the highway was not usable by general vehicles until 1943).
1945 General Motors workers go on strike
1946 Harry Truman becomes 1st US President to travel in a submerged sub
1952 1st US postage stamp in 2 colors (rotary process) introduced
1953 The discovery of the Piltdown Man skull by Charles Dawson in Sussex in 1912 is finally revealed to have been a hoax
1958 In Britain, work starts on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland
1959 Jack Benny (violin) and Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet
1964 World's longest suspension bridge "Verrazano Narrows" opens (NYC)
1967 Phillip and Jay Kunz fly a kite a record 28,000 feet
1968 Yoko Ono suffers a miscarriage
1969 - U.S. President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato agree in Washington, D.C. on the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. is to retain its rights to bases on the island, but these are to be nuclear-free.
1969 The first permanent ARPANET link was established between UCLA and SRI.
1970 Vietnam War : Operation Ivory Coast - A joint Air Force and Army team raids the Son Tay prison camp in an attempt to free American prisoners of war thought to be held there.
1971 Indian troops partly aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas) defeat the Pakistan army in the Battle of Garibpur
1974 The Birmingham Pub Bombings by the IRA kill 21 people. The Birmingham Six were sentenced to life in prison for this but subsequently acquitted.
1975 Linda McCartney drug charges in US are dropped
1979 The United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan is attacked by a mob and set alight, killing four
1980 Lake Peigneur drained into an underlying salt deposit. A misplaced Texaco oil probe was drilled into the Diamond Crystal Salt Mine, causing water to flow down into the mine, eroding the edges of the hole. The resulting whirlpool sucked the drilling platform, several barges, houses and trees thousands of feet, to the bottom of the dissolving salt deposit.
1980 Dallas' "Who Shot JR?" episode (Kristen) gets a 53.3 rating
1980 Fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 87 people are killed and more than 650 are injured in the worst disaster in Nevada history.
1980 John and Yoko pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum
1981 Olivia Newton-John's "Physical," single goes to number 1 and stays for 10 weeks
1985 United States Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard is arrested for spying (he was caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations and was eventually sentenced to life in prison).
1986 Iran-Contra Affair : National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary start to shred documents implicating them in the sale of weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
1988 Canadian federal election, 1988 : Canadians re-elect the Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney after an election campaign fought mainly over the issue of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement.
1990 Charter of Paris for a New Europe refocusses the efforts of the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europeon post-Cold War issues.
1990 Michael Milken is sentenced to 10 years for security law violations
1990 Signing of Declaration of "End of Cold war" in Paris
1995 The Dayton Peace Agreement is initialled at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, ending three and a half years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement was formally ratified in Paris, on December 14 that same year.
1995 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 5,000 (5,023.55) for the first time.
1996 A propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store and office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33.
2002 NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
2004 The second round of the Ukrainian presidential election is held, unleashing massive protests and controversy with regards to the election's integrity.
2004 The island of Dominica is hit by its most destructive earthquake in history; the northern half of the island receives the most damage, especially in the town of Portsmouth. It is also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed as a result.
2004 The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq's external debt
2006 Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut.

November 21st 2005

Number with HIV 'at highest yet'

Bio-terror strike 'is inevitable'

Car giant GM to cut 30,000 staff

November 21st 2006

Lebanese Christian leader killed

Iraq and Syria restore relations

States sign nuclear energy pact

November 21st 2007

French trains 'hit by sabotage'

At least 150 dead' in PNG floods

Iraqis return home 'in thousands'

November 21st 2008

Cholera outbreak strikes Zimbabwe

Citigroup plunges on uncertainty

Moscow super skyscraper halted

November 21st 2009

Deadly mine blast in China

UN condemns Iran on human rights

Somali 'mystery' sparks US fears

November 21st 2010

Ireland confirms EU rescue deal

'Maoist rebel bomb' kills 7 in India

Flood at China coal pit traps 28

November 21st 2011

Birthdates which occurred on November 21st:

1495 John Bale England, bishop/anti-catholic playwright (Kynge Johan)
1694 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], France, thinker
1785 William Beaumont surgeon (studied digestion)
1787 Sir Samuel Cunard founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line)
1817 Richard B Garnett Brig Gen, killed during Pickett's charge
1854 Benedict XV 258th Roman Catholic pope (1914-22)
1863 Arthur Quiller-Couch editor (Oxford Book of English Verse)
1898 Ren‚ Magritte painter (This is Not a Pipe)
19-- Lisa Wilkinson actress (All My Children)
19-- Michael Cavanaugh NYC, actor (George-Starman)
1904 Coleman Hawkins virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz
1907 Charles Korvin Piestany Hungary, actor (Berlin Express, Ship of Fools)
1907 Jim Bishop author (The Day Lincoln was Shot)
1908 Franz Pfnor Germany, slalom (Olympic-gold-1936)
1912 Eleanor Powell Springfield MA, actress/tap dancer (Broadway Melody)
1916 Sid Luckman NFL QB (Chicago Bears)
1920 Ralph Meeker actor (Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker)
1920 Stan Musial outfielder (St Louis Cardinal, 7 times NL bat champ)
1921 Vivian Blaine Newark NJ, actress (Guys & Dolls, Skirts Ahoy)
1927 Joseph Campanella NYC, actor (Dr Steffen-The Nurses, Lou-Mannix)
1932 Jim Ringo NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia)
1933 Henry Hartsfield Jr Birmingham AL, astro (STS-4, STS 41-D, STS 61A)
1933 Jean Shepard Pauls Valley OK, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
1934 Laurence Luckinbill Fort Smith Ark, actor (Delphi Bureau, Ike)
1936 James De Preist Philadelphia PA, conductor (Mitropolos 1964)
1937 Marlo Thomas Detroit MI, actress,[Mrs Phil Donahue](That Girl!, Jenny)
1938 Robert Drivas actor (Our Private World)
1939 Richard Lenz Springfield IL, actor (Hec Ramsey, Scandalous John)
1940 Natalia Maskarova Lenningrad, ballerina (Kirov) defected 1970
1941 Juliet Mills London England, actress (Nanny & the Professor, QB VII)
1943 Larry Mahan Oregon, rodeo champ (1967-70)
1944 Earl "the Pearl" Monroe Philadelphia PA, NGA Guard (NY Knicks, Baltimore Bullets)
1945 Goldie Hawn Takoma Park MD, actress (Laugh-in, Private Benjamin)
1950 Alberto Juantorena Cuba, 400m dash (Olympic-gold-1976)
1950 Livingston Taylor Boston, rocker (I Will be in Love With You)
1952 Deborah Shelton Wash DC, actress (Dallas, Ocean Kill, Body Double)
1952 Lorna Luft Scarsdale NY, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are-1980)
1953 Tina Brown journalist publisher (Tatler)
1956 Mariana Simionescu Tirgu Neamt Romania, 1st wife of Bjorn Borg
1956 Terri Welles Santa Monica Ca, playmate of the year (Dec, 1980)
1957 Jim Brown rocker (UB40-Red Red Wine)
1959 Tim Wilkison Shelby NC, tennis player (WCT Atlanta finals-1986)
1963 Nicollette Sheridan Worthing England, actress (Paige-Knots Landing)
1964 Marjorie Judith Vincent Oak Park IL, Miss America (1991)
1975 Cherie Johnson Pittsburgh PA, actress (Cherie-Punky Brewster)


Deaths which occurred on November 21st:
1555 Georgius Agricola mineralogist, dies in Germany at 61
1624 Jakob Bohme German philosophical mystic, dies
1817 Richard B Garnett killed during Pickett's Charge, Brig Gen
1899 Garret Augustus Hobart 24th VP, died
1916 Franz Josef of Austria, dies
1941 Juanita Spellini first woman executed in California
1958 Mel Ott NY Giant baseball star (1926-1947), dies at 49
1959 Max Baer US, heavyweight boxing champ (1934), dies at 49
1973 Allan Sherman singer, dies at 48 (Goodbye Muddah, Goodbye Faddah)
1981 Harry Von Zell TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 75
1982 Lee Patrick actress (Henrietta-Topper, Maltese Falcon), dies at 75
1987 James E Folsom (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), dies at 79
1991 David "Sonny" Werblin AFL owner (NY Jets), dies at 81
2006 Film director Robert Altman

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