November 21 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
November 21 History Highlights
November 21 is...
False Confession Day
National Stuffing Day
Pumpkin Pie Day
World Hello Day
World Television Day (United Nations)
November 21 Quotes
There are only three ages for women in Hollywood - Babe, District
Attorney and Driving Miss Daisy.
Man is free at the instant he wants to be.
Morality is everywhere the same for all men, therefore it comes
from God; sects differ, therefore they are the work of men.
All mortals are equal; it is not their birth,
November 21 Birthdays
1694 - Voltaire, French historian, playwright, and philosopher (died in 1778)
1835 - Hetty Green, American businesswoman and financier ('richest miser' died in 1916)
1898 - René Magritte, Belgian painter (died in 1967)
1904 - Coleman Hawkins, American saxophonist and clarinet player (died in 1969)
1920 - Ralph Meeker, American actor (died in 1988)
1933 - Jean Shepard, American country music Singer/Songwriter (died in 2016)
1937 - Ingrid Pitt, Polish-English actress (Hammer Horror, died in 2010)
1937 - Marlo Thomas, American actress, producer and activist
1941 - Juliet Mills, English-American actress
1944 - Harold Ramis, American actor, director, producer and screenwriter (died in 2014)
1945 - Goldie Hawn, American actress, singer and producer
1948 - George Zimmer, American businessman, founded Men's Wearhouse
1950 - Livingston Taylor, American Singer/Songwriter and musician
1952 - Lorna Luft, American actress and singer
1963 - Nicollette Sheridan, English actress
1965 - Björk, Icelandic Singer/Songwriter
1969 - Ken Griffey Jr., American baseball player and actor
1985 - Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian Singer/Songwriter and actress
November 21 History
164 BC - Judas Maccabeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restored the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.
1783 - Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis Francois Laurant d'Arlandes became the first men to make a free flight. Their hot-air balloon lifted off from La Muettte, a royal palace in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris. Ben Franklin was among the witnesses.
1832 - Wabash College was founded in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
1846 - The word 'anesthesia' was used by Oliver Wendell Holmes in a letter to William Thomas Green Morton, the surgeon who gave the first public demonstration of the pain-killing effects of ether.
1871 - The patent (#121,049) for a cigar lighter was issued to Moses F. Gale of New York City as an "Improvement in Cigar-Lighters."
1877 - Thomas Edison announced his "talking machine" invention. His phonograph originally recorded sound onto a tinfoil sheet phonograph cylinder. (Patent #200,521, granted in 1878)
1905 - Albert Einstein's paper, Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?, is published in the journal Annalen der Physik.
1920 - In Dublin, Ireland, 31 people are killed in what became known as Bloody Sunday. This included fourteen British informants, fourteen Irish civilians and three Irish Republican Army prisoners. U2's Sunday Bloody Sunday references the event
1942 - Tweety Bird, aka Tweety Pie, debuted in Tale of Two Kitties. Bob Clampett created the character. Tweety is a boy.
1952 - First US postage stamp (The Red Cross 3 cent) in 2 colors (with the rotary printing process) was introduced.
1953 - #1 Hit November 21, 1953 - January 1, 1954: Tony Bennett - Rags To Riches
1953 - Authorities at the British Natural History Museum announced the "Piltdown Man" skull, one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, was a hoax.
1959 - Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet.
1959 - DJ Alan Freed, who had popularized the term rock and roll and music of that style, was fired from New York's WABC-AM radio for refusing to deny allegations that he had participated in the payola scandal.
1960 - #1 Hit November 21, 1960 - November 27, 1960: Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs - Stay
1964 - World's longest suspension bridge Verrazano Narrows opened (New York City - 4,260 feet). It is still the longest in the western hemisphere.
1969 - The first permanent ARPANET (multi computer connection) link was established between UCLA and SRI.
1970 - #1 Hit November 21, 1970 - December 11, 1970: The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You
1980 - Everyone asked "Who Shot J.R.?" in last year's Dallas season finale. The season opener of Dallas answered the question people were asking all summer, and well into the fall. Sue Ellen's sister Kristin (played by Mary Crosby) shot J.R..
1980 - A deadly fire brokeout at the MGM Grand Hotel in Paradise, Nevada (now Bally's Las Vegas). Eighty-seven people were killed and more than 650 were injured.
1981 - #1 Hit November 21, 1981 - January 29, 1982: Olivia Newton-John - Physical
November 21, 1984 Birthday (fictional) Dr. Donald Blake, Thor, Marvel Cinematic Universe
1987 - #1 Hit November 21, 1987 - November 27, 1987: Billy Idol - Mony Mony
1989 - Law banning smoking on most US domestic flights was signed by President George H. W. Bush.
1995 - Dow Jones closed above 5,000 for first time.
November 21, 2004 - Nintendo DS released, Video Game Console
Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
Nothing comes after "Thrice". Once, Twice, and Thrice
are the only words of their type. Don't try to 'Force' one.
Things I Learned At The Movies:
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