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Notable Historical Events on November 21st

1787Andrew Jackson admitted to bar

1963JFK flies to Texas

1981Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks

1989Law banning smoking on most domestic flights signed by President Bush

1791Colonel Napoléon Bonaparte is promoted to full general and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.

1934NY Yankees buy Joe DiMaggio from SF Seals (Pacific Coast League)

1959Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

1973Pete Rose wins NL MVP

1993"Cyrano - The Musical" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 137 perfs

200633rd American Music Award: Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul & Rascal Flatts win

1977Orioles 1st baseman Eddie Murray wins AL Rookie of Year

1925Red Grange plays final Univ of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears

1942Hitler names fieldmarshal Erich von Manstein commander of the newly-created Army Group Don (Heeresgruppe Don)

201037th American Music Award: Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber win

1806Decree of Berlin: Emperor Napoleon I bans all trade with England

1920Mussolini's squad begins terror, 11 die in Bologna, Italy

November 21st Historical Events
Date Event
164
Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah. 
BC
AD
235
St Anterus begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
695
Pope Sergius names Willibrord as Archbishop Clemens of Friezen 
1272
Following Henry III of England's death on November 16, his son Prince Edward becomes King of England. 
1317
Frederik of Sierck/Zyrick becomes bishop of Utrecht 
1620
Pilgrim Fathers reach America: Provincetown Harbor, Mass 
1620
Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims in Cape Cod, [O.S. Nov 11] 
1654
Richard Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Virginia 
1696
J Vanbrughe's "Relapse or Virtue in Danger" premieres in London 
1729
Netherlands signs Treaty of Seville 
1759
Battle at Maxen: Prussian army surrenders to Austrians 
1783
Pilstre de Rozier & Marquis d'Arlandes make 1st free balloon flight 
1787
Andrew Jackson admitted to 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 Harbor discovered 
1806
Decree of Berlin: Emperor Napoleon I bans all trade with England 
1813
Stettin surrenders to allied armies 
1818
Russia's Tsar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine 
1824
First Jewish Reform congregation forms, Charleston, SC 
1834
HMS Beagle anchors at Bay of San Carlos, Chile 
1837
Thomas Morris of Australia skips rope 22,806 times 
1847
Steamer "Phoenix" is lost on Lake Michigan, kills 200 
1848
Alfred de Musset's "Andre del Sarto" premieres in Paris 
1848
Cincinnati Turngemeinde founded 
1849
Friedrich Hebbel's "Der Rubin" premieres in Vienna 
1852
Duke U, founded in 1838 as Union Institute chartered as Normal College 
1864
-22] Battle at Griswoldville, Georgia 
1865
Shaw University forms in Raleigh NC 
1871
Moses F Gale patents a cigar lighter (NYC) 
1871
The first human cannonball, Emilio Onra, is shot 
1876
Skirmish between HM Stanley's expedition & natives 
1877
Tom Edison announces his "talking machine" invention (phonograph) - first machine to play and record sound 
1880
Henry Stanley & Pierre de Brazza quarrel about possession of Congo 
1895
Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Bruce Partington Plans" (BG) 
1901
Richard Strauss' opera "Feuersnot" premieres in Dresden 
1902
1st night football game, Phila Athletics beats Kanaweola AC, 39-0 
1902
Baseball's Phila Athletics & Phillies form pro football teams, joining Pitts Stars in 1st attempt at a National Football League 
1902
The Canadian government appoints a commission to consider revising, classifying, and consolidating the many public statutes passed over the years 
1905
1st game ever played in the Australian Tennis Open 
1906
China prohibits opium trade 
1914
Billy Mallett of Hamilton Tigers kicks 9 singles in a game 
1914
British army conquerors Bazra 
1916
HMHS Britannic sinks in the Aegean Sea after a mine explodes, killing 30 people. 
1917
M Gorki calls Lenin a blind fanatic/unthinking adventurer 
1918
2 German ammunition trains explode in Hamont Belgium, 1,750 die 
1918
Polish soldiers organize a pogrom against Jews of Galicia Poland 
1918
The German High Seas Fleet of 5 battlecruisers, 9 battleships, 7 cruisers and 49 destroyers surrendered to the British Grand Fleet and were shepherded into the Firth of Forth. 
1920
Karel Capék's "Vec Makropulos" premieres in Prague 
1920
Mussolini's squad begins terror, 11 die in Bologna, Italy 
1921
The trial of the accused of the Bulhoek Massacre commences in South Africa 
1922
Rebecca L Felton (Ga) sworn in as first female US Senator 
1924
British premier Baldwin cancels Labour contract with USSR 
1925
Red Grange plays final Univ of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears 
1933
1st US ambassador to USSR, W.C. Bullitt, begins service 
1934
"Uiver" returns from Schiphol in London-Melbourne air race 
1934
NY Yankees buy Joe DiMaggio from SF Seals (Pacific Coast League) 
1935
First commercial crossing of Pacific by plane (China Clipper) 
1935
Jean Giraudoux' "La Guerre de Troie n'Aura" premieres in Paris 
1937
Dmitri Shostakovitch's 5th Symphony premieres in Lenningrad 
1938
-24] Belgian king Leopold III visits Netherlands 
1938
Nazi forces occupy western Czechoslovakia & declared them German citizens 
1940
Nazi occupiers forbid building schools in Netherlands 
1942
Hitler names fieldmarshal Erich von Manstein commander of the newly-created Army Group Don (Heeresgruppe Don) 
1942
Tweety Bird, aka Tweety Pie, debuts in "Tale of Two Kitties" 
1943
7 Belgian ministers in London criticise King Leopold III for surrendering to Germany 
1944
Personnel & executive staff of Philips demonstrate for more food 
1945
Benjamin Britten's 2nd String quartet in C premieres 
1945
General Motors workers go on strike 
1946
Georgi Dimitrov elected premier of Bulgaria 
1946
Harry Truman becomes 1st US president to travel in a submerged sub 
1947
Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become wrestling champ 
1949
Bill Veeck sells Indians for $22 million 
1952
1st US postage stamp in 2 colors (rotary process) introduced 
1952
Dodgers pitcher Joe Black wins NL Rookie of Year 
1953
WKJG TV channel 33 in Ft Wayne, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1953
Authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce the "Piltdown Man" skull, one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, is a hoax. 
1955
Argentina asks Panama for return of ex-president Peron 
1955
KTVO TV channel 3 in Ottumwa-Kirksville, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1956
Don Newcombe, wins NL MVP & 1st-ever Cy Young Award 
1959
Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet 
1960
Bob Scheffing signs to manage Tigers after Casey Stengel turns it down 
1962
The Chinese People's Liberation Army declares a unilateral cease-fire in the Sino-Indian War. 
1963
JFK flies to Texas 
1964
"Something More!" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 15 perfs 
1964
"Zizi" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances 
1964
Pope Paul VI signs 3rd sitting of 2nd Vatican council 
1964
World's longest suspension bridge "Verrazano Narrows" opens (NYC) 
1965
1st freighter arrives in Ashdod Port Israel 
1965
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1966
Dutch government of Zijlstra forms 
1967
Phillip & Jay Kunz fly a kite a record 28,000 feet 
1967
Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: "I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing." 
1968
Cin trades shortstop Leo Cardenas to Twins for pitcher Jim Merritt 
1968
Supremes & Temptations release "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" 
1969
KXIX (now KVCT) TV channel 19 in Victoria, TX (ABC) 1st broadcast 
1969
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1970
NY Knicks 1st game against Cleve Cavalier, Knicks win 102-94 at Madison Square Garden 
1971
NY Rangers scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period 
1971
Richard Baker becomes teacher of SF Zen Center 
1971
Indian troops partly aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas) defeat the Pakistan army in the Battle of Garibpur. 
1972
Red Sox Carlton Fisk wins AL Rookie of Year, Mets Jon Matlack wins NL 
1973
Pete Rose wins NL MVP 
1973
Pres Nixon's attorney, J Fred Buzhardt, reveals presence of 18½ minute gap in a White House tape recording related to Watergate 
1974
Freedom of Information Act passed by Congress over Pres Ford's veto 
1974
Birmingham pub bombings: 21 civilians killed when bombs explode at two pubs in Birmingham, England (This was the deadliest attack in England during "the Troubles") 
1975
Linda McCartney drug charges in US are dropped 
1977
First flight of Concorde (London to New York) 
1977
Orioles 1st baseman Eddie Murray wins AL Rookie of Year 
1978
Bob Horner of Braves wins NL Rookie of Year Award 
1979
Crowd at Islamabad, Pakistan attack US embassy, 1 dies 
1980
Dallas' "Who Shot JR?" episode (Kristen) gets a 53.3 rating (83 mill) in the US 
1980
Fire at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84 
1980
Gene Michael named 25th Yank mgr, replacing Dick Howser, who resigns 
1980
John & Yoko pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum 
1980
MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas in fire; 84 die 
1981
400,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against cruise missiles 
1981
Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks 
1983
"Doonesbury" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 104 performances 
1986
Central African Republic adopts constitution 
1986
Suriname army leader Desi Bouterse massacres Moiwana village 
1987
Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Epitome, Ferdinand, Miesque, Sacahuista, Success Express, Theatrica, Very Subtle at Hollywood 
1989
Law banning smoking on most domestic flights signed by President Bush 
1989
TV cameras permitted in British House of Commons 
1990
French President François Mitterrand voices support of a proposed UN resolution that would authorize the use of force in the Persian Gulf 
1990
Michael Milken is sentenced to 10 years for security law violations 
1991
Poetess Maria Elene Cruz Varela arrested in Cuba 
1992
Jan Karlsson swims world record 50m butterfly (23.80 sec) 
1992
Jani Sievinen swims world record 100m medley (53.78 sec) 
1992
Louise Karlsson swims world record 50m freestyle (31.19 sec) 
1992
Oregon Sen Bob Packwood issues apology for unwelcome sexual advances 
1992
Sam's Town Bowling Invitational won by Tish Johnson 
1993
"Cinderella" closes at New York State Theater NYC after 14 perfs 
1993
"Cyrano - The Musical" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 137 perfs 
1993
Neo-fascists MSI win 36% of municipal elections in Rome 
1994
1st-class cricket debut of Andrew Symonds (Queensland v NSW, SCG) 
1995
Dow Jones closes above 5,000 for 1st time 
1995
Israel grants jailed US spy Jason Pollard, citizenship 
1995
New double Beatle CD released with new song "Free as a Bird" 
1996
"Rehearsal" opens at Criterion Theater NYC 
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 over the election's integrity. 
2004
The island of Dominica is hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. The northern half of the island receives the most damage, especially 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. 
2004
92nd CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats BC Lions, 27-19 
2006
Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut. 
2006
33rd American Music Award: Kelly Clarkson, Sean Paul & Rascal Flatts win 
2010
37th American Music Award: Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber win 
2012
An Israel and Hamas ceasefire is negotiated 
2012
Chelsea Manager Roberto Di Matteo is sacked and replaced by Rafael Ben 
2013
31 people are killed by a truck bomb in northeaster Iraq 
2013
The Alabama parole board grants posthumous pardons to three members of the Scottsboro boys 
2013
54 people are killed after the roof of a supermarket collapses in Riga, Latvia 
2015
Cameroon: At least 6 killed in suspected Boko Haram suicide bombings 
2016
Jimmie Johnson Ties Record With Seventh Nascar Championship 
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