Today in History - November 21st

  • 164BC - Today in history, Judas Maccabaeus restored the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.
  • 1620 - The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, on December 26, 1620.
  • 1620 - On this day in history, The Mayflower Compact was signed by Pilgrims on Cape Cod.
  • 1694 - French author and philosopher Jean Francois Voltaire was born. At age 65 he spent only three days writing "Candide." 
  • 1789 - Today in history, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the Constitution.
  • 1791 - Colonel Napoleon Bonaparte was promoted to full general and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.
  • 1929 - On this day in history, Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali had his first art exhibit.
  • 1935 - The first commercial crossing of Pacific by plane took place (known as the China Clipper).
  • 1963 - Today in history, 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 with the President's assassination. 
  • 1964 - World's longest suspension bridge "Verrazano Narrows" opened in NYC.
  • 1973 - On this day in history, President 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. 
  • 1995 -The Dow Jones closed above 5,000 for the first time.
  • 2001 - Today in history, 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.

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, November 21st

  • 1783 - The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon.
  • 1871 - On this day in history, M.F. Galethe patented the cigar lighter. 
  • 1877 - Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph. 
  • 1977 - Today in history, the first flight of the Concorde took place (London to New York).

SPORTS - Today in History, November 21st

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

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, November 21st

  • 1934 - The musical "Anything Goes" by Cole Porter opened. 
  • 1960 - Today in history, George Harrison was deported from Germany for being too young to perform locally with the Beatles.
  • 1968 - The Supremes & The Temptations released "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me."
  • 1975 - On this day in history, Elton John received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. 
  • 1978 - Prince's second single "Just as Long as We're Together" was released.
  • 1980 - John & Yoko posed nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum.
  • 1983 - Today in history, in Los Angeles movie theatres premiered Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
  • 1988 - "The Delicate Sound of Thunder" by Pink Floyd was released. 
  • 1995 - On this day in history, The "Beatles Anthology I" set a first-day sales record, selling 450,000 units.
  • 2003 - In Santa Barbara, CA, Michael Jackson was booked on suspicion of child molestation. Jackson immediately posted the $3 million bail and then flew back to Las Vegas where he had been filming.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - November 21st

  • Rene Magritte 1898 
  • Marlo Thomas 1938 
  • Goldie Hawn 1945