Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
November 21st

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235*St Anterus begins his reign as Catholic Pope.Ref: 5
1638*A General Assembly at Glasgow abolished the episcopal form of church government, adopted the presbyterian form in its place, and gave final constitution to the Church of Scotland.Ref: 5
1654*Richard Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Virginia.Ref: 5
1787*Andrew Jackson admitted to the bar.Ref: 5
1789*(new state) The 12th of the 13 original colonies to become the United States of America, did so on this day. North Carolina or the Tar Heel State, boasts the brilliant red cardinal as its state bird, the graceful dogwood as its state flower, and lays claim to being the nation’s largest producer of tobacco and textiles. Raleigh is the state capital.Ref: 4
1818*Russia's Czar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine.Ref: 5
1824*First Jewish Reform congregation established, Charleston, SC.Ref: 5
1848*Cincinatti Turngemeinde founded.Ref: 5
1852*Union Institute was chartered by the Methodists in Randolph County, NC. Renamed Trinity College in 1859, the campus moved to Durham in 1892. Tobacco magnate James B. Duke endowed the school with $40 million in 1924, upon which its name was changed to Duke University.Ref: 5
1904*Motorized omnibuses replace horse-drawn cars in Paris.Ref: 2
1906*In San Juan, President Theodore Roosevelt pledges citizenship for Puerto Rican people.Ref: 2
1907 Cunard liner Mauritania sets a new speed record for steamship travel, 624 nautical miles in a one day run.Ref: 2
1911*Suffragettes storm Parliament in London. All are arrested and all choose prison terms.Ref: 2
1922*Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.Ref: 70
1933*First US ambassador to USSR, W.C. Bullitt, begins service.Ref: 5
1934*A NY court rules Gloria Vanderbilt unfit for custody of her daughter.Ref: 2
1942*The Alaska highway across Canada formally opens. (XDG, p A4, 11/21/2003)Ref: 83
1945*General Motors workers go on strike.Ref: 5
1946*Harry Truman becomes first US President to travel in a submerged sub.Ref: 5
1949*The United Nations grants Libya its independence by 1952.Ref: 2
1952*First US postage stamp in 2 colors (rotary process) introduced.Ref: 5
1953 Times of London reveals British Museum discovery that Piltdown Man (discovered in 1912) is a hoax.Ref: 5
1962*End of Cuban missile crisis.Ref: 10
1964*NY's Verrazano Narrows Bridge, between Brooklyn and Staten Island, was officially opened to traffic at 3 P.M. The first 50¢ toll was paid by the George Scarpelli, 22, an employee of the Parks department, driving a light blue Cadillac. The coin was pocketed by Larry Chrusano, the toll-collector, who replaced it with his own money. Three workmen killed during the construction of the bridge, designed by 85-year old O.H. Ammann.Ref: 70
1967*President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the air quality act, allotting $428 million for the fight against pollution.Ref: 2
1969*The Senate voted down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth, the first such rejection since 1930.Ref: 70
1972*(Chicago 7) The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reverses the convictions of Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, and Tom Hayden.Ref: 87
1973*President Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, reveals the existence of an 18 1/2-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.Ref: 70
1985*Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested, accused of spying for Israel. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.Ref: 70
1986*The Justice Department begins an inquiry into the National Security Council into what will become known as the Iran-Contra scandal.Ref: 2
1989*The proceedings of Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.Ref: 70
1990*Junk-bond financier Michael R. Milken, who had pleaded guilty to six felony counts, is sentenced by a federal judge in NY to 10 years in prison (Milken served two).Ref: 5
1990*Signing of Declaration of "End of Cold war" in Paris.Ref: 5
1991*President Bush signed a civil rights bill, then sought to calm a storm of controversy by withdrawing a tentative order to end government hiring preferences for blacks and women.Ref: 70
1991*The U.N. Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt to be the new secretary-general.Ref: 70
1992*Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., issued an apology but refused to discuss allegations that he'd made unwelcome sexual advances toward 10 women over the years.Ref: 70
1993*The US House of Representatives voted 277-153 against making the District of Columbia the 51st state. (XDG, p 4A, 11/21/2003)Ref: 83
1995*France detonates a fourth underground nuclear blast at its test site in the South Pacific. (XDG, p 4A, 11/21/2000)Ref: 83
1995*The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 5,000 mark for the first time.Ref: 70
1995*Balkan leaders meeting in Dayton OH initialed a peace plan to end 3½ years of ethnic fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina. 
1997*UN arms inspectors returned to Iraq after Sadam Hussein's standoff with the United Nations over the presence of Americans on the team. (XDG, p 4A, 11/21/2002)Ref: 83
1997*President Clinton signed a law giving the FDA new powers to speed the approval of drugs to combat a host of killer diseases, including cancer and AIDS. (XDG, p 4A, 11/21/2002)Ref: 83
1998*President Clinton, visiting South Korea, warned North Korea to foresake nuclear weapons and urged the North to sieze "a historic opportunity" for peace with the South. (XDG, p 4A, 11/21/2003)Ref: 83
2000*In a setback for George W. Bush, the Florida Supreme Court granted Al Gore's request to keep the presidential recounts going; Democrats were jubilant, Republicans bitter and angry.Ref: 70
2002*Princess Anne becomes first modern royal to acquire criminal record her dog bit two kids.Ref: 10
2002 NATO expanded its membership into the borders of the former Soviet Union as it invited seven former communist countries under its security umbrella.Ref: 70
2003*(I-270 Sniper) Edward Cable, 53, a retired prison guard from Lucasville, reports a bullet fired into his minivan about 7:40pm on US 23 south of Rathmell, 1½ miles from I-270. (XDG, p 2A, 12/03/2003)Ref: 83
2003*(DC Sniper) At Lee Malvo's trial, where defense attorneys claim Malvo was "brainwashed", jurors hear a tape where Malvo says, "I intended to kill them all." (USA Today, p 3A, 11/25/2003)Ref: 13
1783*Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis Francois Laurant d’Arlandes made the first flight in a balloon, thus becoming the first men to fly period. The pair flew nearly six miles around Paris in 25 minutes reaching an altitude of around 300 feet. Ben Franklin was one of the spectators at the big event. The flight came less than six months after the first after the first (unmanned) public balloon demonstration. (unmanned) public balloon demonstration.Ref: 4
1794*Honolulu Harbor discovered.Ref: 5
1843*Vulcanization of rubber patented by Thomas Hancock. (Charles Goodyear next year?)Ref: 10
1871*The cigar lighter is patented by M.F. Gale of New York City.Ref: 4
1877*Thomas A. Edison told those gathered that he just invented the ‘talking machine’ (phonograph).Ref: 4
1935 First commercial crossing of Pacific by plane (China Clipper).Ref: 5
1967*Phillip & Jay Kunz fly a kite a record 28,000 feet.Ref: 5
1969*First e-mail message sent by a computer over a telephone line on predecessor of the Internet.Ref: 10
1977*First flight of the Concorde (London to NY).Ref: 5
1864*From Georgia, Confederate General John B. Hood launches the Franklin-Nashville Campaign into TN.Ref: 2
1916*Britannic: sister ship of the Titanic sank in the Aegean Sea after an explosion. The vessel, which had been converted to a hospital ship during World War I, probably collided with an underwater mine. Of the more than 1,100 people aboard, only 30 died.Ref: 38
1917*German ace Rudolf von Eschwege is killed over Macedonia when he attacks a booby-trapped observation balloon packed with exploxsives.Ref: 2
1917*Ribecourt, Flesquieres, Havrincourt, Marcoing and other German positions captured by British.Ref: 38
1918*The last German troops leave Alsace-Lorraine, France.Ref: 2
1918*Surrender of German Battle fleet to Allies.Ref: 10
1942*The Dies Committee found that the Japanese internment camp at Rivers Camp, Arizona was not well run, and the Japanese there are in control. Land for the internment camp had been leased to the Government by the Pima Indian tribe. Undercover investigators found bootleggers selling liquor there at $6 per pint, and that Caucasian employees were chummy with the Japanese.Ref: 37
1970*U.S. planes conduct widespread bombing raids in North Vietnam.Ref: 2
1837 Thomas Morris of Australia skips rope 22,806 times.Ref: 5
1902*First night football game, Philadelphia Athletics beats Kanaweola AC, 39-0.Ref: 5
1911*After a sixth place finish, Hal Chase resigns as New York Highlanders manager. The former skipper will remain a player until he is traded during the 1913 season.Ref: 1
1925*Harold ‘Red’ Grange played his last game for the University of IL. The next day he joined the Chicago Bears. Two months later, Grange was so famous that he was offered $120,000 and a real estate company.Ref: 4
1934*The Yankees purchase Joe DiMaggio from the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League for $50,000.Ref: 86
1952*Dodger hurler Joe Black (15-4, 2.15, 85) is selected as the NL's Rookie of the Year.Ref: 1
1970*Mets' outfielder Tommy Agee becomes the first non-pitcher to win a Gold Glove in each league.Ref: 1
1970*NY Knicks first game against Cleveland Cavalier, Knicks win 102-94 at MSG.Ref: 5
1971*NY Rangers scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period.Ref: 5
1972*Mohammed Ali KOs Bob Foster in the 8th round in Stateline NV.Ref: 96
1980*Gene Michaels replaces Dick Howser as Yankee's 25th manager.Ref: 5
1983*Met outfielder Darryl Strawberry breaks the Los Angeles' stronghold on the Rookie of the Year Award when he becomes the first non-Dodger to win the honor since 1978.Ref: 1
1991*After raising his batting average over 80 points from last season, Terry Pendleton (.319, 22, 86) wins the National League's Most Valuable Player Award. The Braves' third baseman surprisingly out-distances runner-up Pirate outfielder Barry Bonds (.292, 25, 116).Ref: 1
1996*Durham (NC) officially becomes the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Triple-A franchise for 1998 as that city was awarded one of two expansion franchises for Triple-A by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. The Devil Rays and Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc. jointly own the new Durham franchise that will continue to be called the "Bulls."Ref: 86
2000*Citing statistics to a U.S. Senate panel, commissioner Bud Selig states it is time for 'sweeping changes' in the game's economic make-up raising the possibility of a work stoppage after the current contract expires October 31, 2001.Ref: 1
2002*In an effort to appeal more to women and families, Major League Baseball announces a partnership with 5-year-old Women's Pro Softball League recently renamed National Pro Fastpitch. MLB will provide sponsorship support along with giving the softball players a presence at big league events.Ref: 1
2002*In the earliest scheduled season opener in major league history, the A's and Mariners will start the season in Tokyo, Japan on March 25. The two-game series will feature recent American League Rookies of the Year Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki. (2001)Ref: 1
2002*The Expos may play approximately twenty-five percent of their home games in (22 of 81) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Away 'home games' are not unprecedented as the Dodgers played seven games in Newark, N.J. in 1956 and 1957, and the White Sox, filling a void when the Braves left, played nine games in Milwaukee in 1968 and another 11 the following season.Ref: 1
1895*Fiction: Start of Sherlock Holmes "Adventure of Bruce Partington Plans" (BG).Ref: 5
1934*Cole Porter’s "Anything Goes" opened at the Alvin Theatre in NY City. The show ran for 420 performances.Ref: 4
1937*Following Carnegie Hall performances in both 1906 and 1919, Artur Rubinstein presented another historic and highly acclaimed performance at the arts center this day.Ref: 4
1938*WBOE in Cleveland, OH became the first school-operated radio station (owned by a municipality) to receive a license from the FCC. WBOE went on the air as a 500-watt AM station and later became an FM station.Ref: 4
1938 The first broadcast of Central City was heard. It was an adventure-mystery show set at the newspaper in, you guessed it, Central City. Elspeth Eric played the part of crime reporter Emily Olson; and Van Heflin was crime reporter Bob Shellenberger (later, the part was played by Myron McCormick). Central City aired until 1941.Ref: 4
1944*The Roy Rogers Show was first heard on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Singing along with Roy (‘The King of the Cowboys’), were the Whippoorwills and The Sons of the Pioneers.Ref: 4
1944*I'm Beginning to See the Light, the song that would become the theme song for Harry James and his orchestra, was recorded this day. The song featured the lovely voice of Kitty Kallen (Little Things Mean a Lot).Ref: 4
1948*The Sunday morning religious program "Lamp Unto My Feet" first aired over CBS television. It became one of TV's longest-running network shows, and aired through January 1979.Ref: 5
1955 The first lady of the American stage, Helen Hayes, was honored for her many remarkable years in show business, as the Fulton Theatre in NY City was renamed the Helen Hayes Theatre.Ref: 4
1959 Following his firing from WABC Radio in NY the day before, Alan Freed refuses “on principle” to sign a statement that he never received money or gifts (payola) for plugging records. Incidentally, few may remember, but Freed left WABC while he was on the air. He was replaced in mid-record by Fred Robbins, who later became a nationally-known entertainment reporter for Mutual Radio.Ref: 4
1959*Jack Benny (Violin) & Richard Nixon (Piano) play their famed duetRef: 5
1968*Yoko Ono suffers a miscarriage.Ref: 5
1968*Supremes & Temptations release "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me".Ref: 5
1975*Linda McCartney drug charges in US are dropped.Ref: 5
1980*John & Yoko pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum.Ref: 5
1980*The largest TV audience ever, an estimated 82 million people, watched as Sue Ellen’s sister, Kristin Shepard, shot J.R. Ewing on Dallas. The jilted mistress was seen holding the smoking gun after a summer of viewers asking that haunting question, “Who Shot J.R.?” Eighty percent of all viewers watched the show. As of 1995, this is the 2nd highest rated television show with an average audience of 53.3%.Ref: 34
1981*Olivia Newton-John started the first of 10 weeks at the top of the pop music charts when Physical became the music world’s top tune.Ref: 4
1995*The Beatles’ Anthology I sold 450,000 copies in its first day of release. Acording to Capitol Records, it was the most single-day sales ever for an album.Ref: 4
2231*Fiction: Spock is born in the early morning hours. (Crispin, A.C., "Sarek", 1994, ISBN 0-7434-0374-6) 
1495*John Bale England, bishop/anti-catholic playwright (Kynge Johan), is born.Ref: 5
1694*Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), French philosopher, historian, poet, dramatist and novelist (Candide), is born.Ref: 69
1729*(Declaration of Independence) Josiah Bartlett, physician, judge, signer of the Declaration of Independence, is born in Amesbury, MA. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1785*William Beaumont surgeon (studied digestion), is born.Ref: 5
1787 Sir Samuel Cunard founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line), is born.Ref: 5
1817*Richard B Garnett Brig Gen, killed during Pickett's charge, is born.Ref: 5
1835*Hetty Green, American financier, is born.Ref: 70
1854*Giacomo dela Chiesa, Pope Benedict XV: 258th pope of the Roman Catholic Church (1914-22), is born in Genoa.Ref: 69
1860*Lawman/Outlaw Tom Horn is born Ref 
1863*Arthur Quiller-Couch editor (Oxford Book of English Verse), is born.Ref: 5
1886*Sir Harold Nicolson, English author and diplomat, is born.Ref: 70
1897*‘Handy’ Andy (Andrew Aird) High baseball: Brooklyn Robins, Boston Braves, SL Cardinals [World Series: 1928, 1930, 1931], Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies; is born.Ref: 4
1898*Rene Magritte, surrealist painter (Golconda), is born.Ref: 2
1904*Coleman Hawkins, virtually created the tenor saxophone for jazz, solo w/Fletcher Henderson band: The Stampede, St. Louis Shuffle, Queer Notions, Hocus Pocus; jazz bandleader: Body and Soul; jazz sax solo: Picasso; is born.Ref: 68
1907*Jim Bishop newspaper columnist, author: The Day Christ Died, The Days of Martin Luther King, Jr., The Day Kennedy Was Shot; is born.Ref: 4
1907*Charles Korvin Piestany Hungary, actor (Berlin Express, Ship of Fools), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Paul (Rapier) Richards baseball: catcher: Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants, Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers [World Series: 1945]; Manager: Chicago White 1951-61, 1976 Orioles; is born.Ref: 4
1908*Franz Pfnor Germany, slalom (Olympic-gold-1936), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Elizabeth G. Speare, writer of historical novels for children, is born.Ref: 2
1912*Eleanor Powell Springfield MA, actress/tap dancer (Broadway Melody), is born.Ref: 5
1913 Roy & John Boulting are born.Ref: 10
1916*Sid Luckman Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears quarterback: 4 NFL Championships, MVP [1943]; shares NFL individual record for touchdowns thrown in a game [7, Nov. 14, 1943]; is born.Ref: 4
1920*Stan ‘The Man’ (Stanley Frank) Musial Baseball Hall of Famer: SL Cardinals outfielder, first baseman; 3-time MVP; nicknamed ‘The Man’ by Dodger fans for the havoc he wrought at Ebbets FieldRef: 4
1920*Ralph Meeker actor (Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Vivian Blaine Newark NJ, actress (Guys & Dolls, Skirts Ahoy), is born.Ref: 5
1927*Joseph Campanella NYC, actor (Dr Steffen-The Nurses, Lou-Mannix), is born.Ref: 68
1929*Marilyn French, noveist and critic (The Women's Room), is born.Ref: 2
1932*Jim Ringo Pro Football Hall of Famer: Green Bay Packers: All-Pro center [1957, 1959-1963], Philadelphia Eagles: center, is born.Ref: 68
1933*Henry Hartsfield Jr Birmingham AL, astro (STS-4, STS 41-D, STS 61A), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Jean Shepard country singer: Satisfied Mind, Beautiful Lies, Slippin' Away, Satin Sheets, w/Ferlin Husky: A Dear John Letter, is born in Pauls Valley OK.Ref: 4
1934*Laurence Luckinbill Emmy Award-winning executive producer: Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie [1992-1993]; actor: Lyndon, Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier, Messenger of Death, Cocktail, The Boys in the Band, The Delphi Bureau, is born in Fort Smith AR.Ref: 4
1936*James De Preist Philadelphia PA, conductor (Mitropolos 1964), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Marlo (Margaret) Thomas Emmy Award-winning producer: Marlo Thomas and Friends in Free to Be … You and Me [1973-74], Free to Be … A Family [1988-89], actress: Nobody?s Child [1985-86]; That Girl, Tribute to Women in Comedy, The Joey Bishop Show, Held Hostage, In the Spirit, Jenny; wife of Phil Donahue; daughter of Danny Thomas, is born in Detroit MI.Ref: 4
1938*Robert Drivas actor (Our Private World), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Richard Lenz Springfield IL, actor (Hec Ramsey, Scandalous John), is born.Ref: 5
1940*Natalia Makarova ballerina: Kirov Ballet [now Saint Petersburg Ballet]: 1959-1970], defected 1970, is born in Leningrad, USSR.Ref: 4
1940*Dr. John (‘Mac’ Malcolm John Rebennack) musician: organ, guitar, singer: Right Place Wrong Time; songwriter: Lights Out, What?s Goin' On, Lady Luck, Losing Battle, is born.Ref: 4
1941*Juliet Mills Emmy Award-winning actress: QB VII, Parts 1 & 2, ABC Movie Special [1974-75]; Nanny and the Professor, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Cracker Factory; daughter of actor John Mills and sister of actress Hayley Mills, is born.Ref: 4
1941 David Hemmings is born.Ref: 10
1943*Larry Mahan Oregon, rodeo champ (1967-70), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Harold Ramis writer: Ghostbusters series, Armed and Dangerous, National Lampoon's Animal House, Stripes, Meatballs; writer, director: Multiplicity, Groundhog Day, Club Paradise, National Lampoon?s Vacation, Caddyshack, actor: Ghostbusters series, Second City TV, Love Affair, Stealing Home, Baby Boom, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Earl "the Pearl" Monroe, Basketball Hall of Famer: Baltimore Bullets: Rookie of the Year [1967]; New York Knicks: championship team [1972-73], is born in Philadelphia PA.Ref: 5
1944*Television producer Marcy Carsey is born in Weymouth MA.Ref: 68
1945*Goldie Hawn (Btudlendgehawn) Academy Award-winning actress: Cactus Flower [1969], Laugh-in, Private Benjamin, is born in Takoma Park MD.Ref: 4
1948*Lonnie (LeRoy) Jordan musician: keyboard, singer: group: War: LPs: All Day Music, The World is a Ghetto, Why Can?t We Be Friends, Galaxy, The Music Band, is born.Ref: 4
1949*Barbara Jo Rubin horse-racing jockey: first U.S. woman to win a flat race against male jockeys [1969]; first woman to ride in NY & NJ, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Alberto Juantorena Cuba, 400m dash (Olympic-gold-1976), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Livingston Taylor singer; brother of singer James Taylor, is born in Boston MA.Ref: 4
1952*Lorna Luft singer, actress; daughter of singer-actress Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft; sister of singer-actress Lisa Minelli, is born in Scarsdale NY.Ref: 4
1952*Deborah Shelton Wash DC, actress (Dallas, Ocean Kill, Body Double), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Tina Brown journalist publisher (Tatler), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Mariana Simionescu Tirgu Neamt Romania, first wife of Bjorn BorgRef: 5
1956*Cynthia Rhodes actress, dancer: Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, is born.Ref: 4
1956*Terri Welles Santa Monica Ca, playmate of the year (Dec, 1980), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Jim Brown rocker (UB40-Red Red Wine), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Tim Wilkison Shelby NC, tennis player (WCT Atlanta finals-1986), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Mariel Hemingway actress: Delirious, Falling from Grace, Lipstick, Personal Best, The Suicide Club, Superman 4: The Quest for Peace, Manhattan, Civil Wars, Star 80, is born in Mill Valley CA. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1963*Nicollette Sheridan actress: Paper Dolls, Knots Landing, Spy Hard, Silver Strand, Noises Off, Deceptions, The Sure Thing, is born in Worthing England.Ref: 4
1964*Marjorie Judith Vincent Oak Park IL, Miss America (1991), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Björk (Guðmundsdóttir) singer, songwriter: group: The Sugarcubes, is born.Ref: 4
1966*Troy Aikman football: Dallas Cowboys quarterback: Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII; holds record for longest pass completion w/receiver Alvin Harper in a playoff game [94 yards, 1/8/95]Ref: 4
1968*Rhythm-and-blues singer Chauncey Hannibal (BLACKstreet) is born.Ref: 64
1969*Ken (George Kenneth) Griffey Jr. baseball: Seattle Mariners left-handed outfielder [all-star: 1990-1996/Gold Glove Award: 1990-1993]; shares individual record for consecutive games hitting home runs [8, July 20-28, 1993]; first son and father [Ken Griffey, Sr.] to play in major leagues at same time [1989] and on same team at same time [1990], is born.Ref: 4
1975*Cherie Johnson Pittsburgh PA, actress (Cherie-Punky Brewster), is born.Ref: 5
-479*-BC- Confucius, Chinese philosopher and author, dies.Ref: 69
496*Pope St. Gelasius I dies.Ref: 69
1555*Georgius Agricola, German scholar and scientist known as the "father of mineralogy", dies at age 61.Ref: 5
1624*Jakob Bohme German philosophical mystic, dies.Ref: 5
1847*Steamer "Phoenix" is lost on Lake Michigan, kills 200.Ref: 5
1855*Franklin Colman, a pro-slavery Missourian, guns down Charles Dow, a Free Stater from Ohio, near Lawrence, KS.Ref: 2
1886*Charles F. Adams, U.S. diplomat and public official whose father was John Quincy Adams, dies.Ref: 68
1899*Vice President Garret A. Hobart, served under President McKinley, dies in Paterson, N.J., at age 55.Ref: 68
1916*Francis Joseph, German emperor of Austria (1848-1916) and king of Hungary (1867-1916), dies at age 86. He is succeeded by Charles I.Ref: 5
1924*Florence Kling Harding, wife of the 29th President, Warren G Harding, dies in Marion OH. (Ref: Klapthor, Margaret Brown, "The First Ladies", ©1995, ISBN 0-912308-59-1) 
1926*(US Supreme Court Justice) Joseph McKenna, American Supreme Court justice (1898-1925), dies at age 83.Ref: 70
1927*Police turn machine guns on striking mine workers in Columbine, Colorado, killing five and wounding 20.Ref: 2
1938*Leopold Godowsky, Russian-born American pianist and composer, dies at age 68.Ref: 2
1941*Juanita Spellini becomes the first woman executed in California.Ref: 5
1945*Robert Benchley, American drama critic, actor and humorist, dies at age 56.Ref: 70
1952*(Black Sox) Fred McMullin dies at age 61 in Los Angeles, CA.Ref: 87
1952*William Green, American labor leader who headed the A.F.L., dies at age 79.Ref: 70
1958*Mel (Melvin Thomas) Ott ‘Master Melvin’: baseball: NY Giants [World Series: 1933, 1936, 1937/all-star: 1934-1945/consecutive batting record: walks in a row (7) June 16-18, 1943]; dies at age 49.Ref: 4
1959*Max (Maximillian Adalbert) Baer US, heavyweight boxing champ (1934), father of Beverly Hillbillies’ actor Max Baer Jr, dies at age 49.Ref: 5
1963*Robert Stroud (a.k.a. Bird Man of Alcatraz) dies.Ref: 68
1970*Sir Chandrasekhara Raman, Indian physicist (Nobel 1930), dies at age 82.Ref: 70
1973*Allan Sherman singer, dies at 48 (Goodbye Muddah, Goodbye Faddah).Ref: 5
1974*Two Irish Republic Army (IRA) bombs were exploded in two separate Birmingham, England, pubs, killing twenty-one people and injuring hundreds. Ultimately, six people are imprisoned for 16 years. They are released on March 14th, 1991 after the courts determined the evidence against them was largely fabricated by the police.Ref: 3
1979*A mob attacked the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing two Americans. (TWA, 1981)Ref: 95
1980*Eighty-seven people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, NV.Ref: 72
1981*Harry von Zell radio/TV actor, announcer: Eddie Cantor, Burns and Allen programs; famous blooper: “Ladies and gentleman, the President of the United States, Hoobert Heever -- I mean, Herbert Hoover.”; dies.Ref: 4
1982*Lee Patrick actress (Henrietta-Topper, Maltese Falcon), dies at 75.Ref: 5
1986*Jerry Colonna comedian, actor: Meet Me in Las Vegas, Kentucky Jubilee, The Road to Singapore; TV host: The Jerry Colonna Show; dies.Ref: 68
1987*James E Folsom (AL-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), dies at 79.Ref: 5
1988*‘King’ Carl (Owen) Hubbell ‘The Meal Ticket’: baseball: pitcher: NY Giants, dies at age 85.Ref: 4
1991*David "Sonny" Werblin AFL owner (NY Jets), dies at 81Ref: 5
1993*Actor Bill (Wilfred Bailey) Bixby (My Favorite Martian), dies in Century City CA from cancer at age 59.Ref: 68
1996*Thirty-three people were killed, more than 100 injured, when an explosion blamed on leaking gas ripped through a six-story building in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1996*Elmo Langley, auto racer: NASCAR pace car driver and official: dies of a heart attack while preparing for a race at Suzuka Circuitland race course, Japan.Ref: 4
1999*Quentin Crisp, flamboyant British gay actor, dies at age 90 in Manchester England. (TWA, 2001)Ref: 95
2001*Author/actor Gardner McKay dies in Honolulu at age 69. (XDG, p 4A, 11/21/2002)Ref: 83
2001*Ralph Burns musician: piano; composer, arranger: Apple Honey; dies.Ref: 4
2001*Ottilie Lundgren, a 94-year-old resident of Oxford, Conn., dies of inhalation anthrax.Ref: 70
2002 In Nigeria, angry mobs stabbed and set fire to bystanders in deadly rioting that erupted after a newspaper suggested Islam's founder would have approved of the Miss World Beauty Pageant, scheduled to be held in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. (The event was moved to London.) (XDG, p 4A, 11/21/2003)Ref: 83

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