Today in History, November 21st

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, November 21st!

1620 Leaders of the Mayflower expedition frame the “Mayflower Compact,” designed to bolster unity among the settlers.

Mayflower Compact

Mayflower Compact

1783 Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes make the first free-flight ascent in a balloon to over 500 feet in Paris.
1789 North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1855 Franklin Colman, a pro-slavery Missourian, guns down Charles Dow, a Free Stater from Ohio, near Lawrence, Kansas.
1864 From Georgia, Confederate General John B. Hood launches the Franklin-Nashville Campaign into Tennessee.

General John B. Hood

General John B. Hood

1904 Motorized omnibuses replace horse-drawn cars in Paris.
1906 In San Juan, President Theodore Roosevelt pledges citizenship for Puerto Rican people.
1907 Cunard liner Mauritania sets a new speed record for steamship travel, 624 nautical miles in a one day run.
1911 Suffragettes storm Parliament in London. All are arrested and all choose prison terms.
1917 German ace Rudolf von Eschwege is killed over Macedonia when he attacks a booby-trapped observation balloon packed with explosives.
1918 The last German troops leave Alsace-Lorraine, France.
1922 Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
1927 Police turn machine guns on striking Colorado mine workers, killing five and wounding 20.
1934 A New York court rules Gloria Vanderbilt unfit for custody of her daughter.
1934 Cole Porter’s musical Anything Goes premieres at New York’s Alvin Theatre.

Cole Porter

Cole Porter

1949 The United Nations grants Libya its independence by 1952.
1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the air quality act, allotting $428 million for the fight against pollution.
1969 The Senate voted down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth.
1970 U.S. planes conduct widespread bombing raids in North Vietnam.
1973 President Richard Nixon’s attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18 1/2-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.
1980 A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas killed 87 people.
1985 Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested, accused of spying for Israel. (He later pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.)
1986 The Justice Department begins an inquiry into the National Security Council into what will become known as the Iran-Contra scandal.
1989 The proceedings of Britain’s House of Commons were televised live for the first time.
1991 The U.N. Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt to be secretary-general.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

1995 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 5,000 for the first time.
2000 The Florida Supreme Court granted Democrat Al Gore’s request to keep the presidential election recount going.
2001 A 94-year-old Connecticut woman died of inhalation anthrax, the last of five people killed in the anthrax attacks.
2002 NATO invited seven former communist countries to join the alliance: Slovenia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.
2004 The NBA suspended Indiana’s Ron Artest for the rest of the season following a brawl in the stands during a game against the Detroit Pistons.
2005 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon broke away from the hardline Likud with the intention of forming a new party.
2007 Officials announced the recall of more than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children’s jewelry contaminated with lead.
2010 Debt-struck Ireland applied for a massive EU-IMF loan to stem the flight of capital from its banks.

Today’s historical facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, HistoryOrb.com, and On This Day blogs from my blogroll.

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