21 NOVEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Voltaire, 1694
  • Samuel Cunard, 1787
  • Pope Benedict XV (Giacomo della Chiesa), 1854
  • René Magritte, 1898
  • Jim Bishop, 1907
  • Eleanor Powell, 1912
  • Roy & John Boulting, 1913
  • Stan Musial, 1920
  • Ralph Meeker, 1920
  • Vivian Blaine, 1921
  • Marlo Thomas, 1938
  • Natalia Makarova, 1940
  • David Hemmings, 1941
  • Goldie Hawn, 1945
  • Lorna Luft, 1952
  • Tina Brown, 1953
  • Mariel Hemingway, 1961
  • Bjork, 1965
  • Troy Aikman, 1966
  • Ken Griffey, 1969

Died On This Day:

  • Emperor Franz Joseph I, of Austria, 1916
  • Robert Benchley, 1945
  • Mel Ott, 1958
  • Max Baer, 1959
  • Bill Bixby, 1993
  • Quentin Crisp, 1999
  • David Cassidy, 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1620 - Pilgrims in Mayflower first land at Cape Cod; Sign Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor.
  • 1783 - Montgolfier and Pilatre de Rozier make first hot air balloon ascent over Paris; first men to fly!
  • 1789 - North Carolina 12th state admitted to Union.
  • 1806 - Napoleon inaugurates 'Continental System' during Napoleonic Wars, forbidding trade with Britain; lasted until 1812.
  • 1843 - Vulcanization of rubber patented by Thomas Hancock. (Charles Goodyear next year?)
  • 1846 - Oliver Wendell Holmes suggests the word 'anaesthesia' to describe the state produced by inhalation of ether.
  • 1871 - Moses F. Gale of New York patents the cigar lighter.
  • 1918 - Surrender of German Battle fleet to Allies.
  • 1934 - Cole Porter's 'Anything Goes' opens at Alvin Theatre, N.Y.
  • 1953 - Times of London reveals British Museum discovery that Piltdown Man is a hoax.
  • 1962 - End of Cuban missile crisis.
  • 1964 - New York's Verrazano Narrows Bridge, then the longest suspension bridge (now 3rd) opens to traffic from Brooklyn to Staten Island.
  • 1974 - IRA bombs in Birmingham kill 19.
  • 1995 - Dayton Peace Agreement ends the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina between Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks; from 1992-1995 97,000+ died.
  • 2002 - Princess Anne becomes first modern royal to acquire criminal record - her dog bit two kids.
  • 2013 - Dow Jones closes above 16,000 for the first time in history.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Gelasius I

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • THANKSGIVING DAY (U.S.) last Thursday of November.
  • TUNG CHICH, Feast of the Winter Solstice in China (sometime during the eleventh moon on the shortest day of the year)
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • TUNG CHICH, Feast of the Winter Solstice in China (sometime during the eleventh moon on the shortest day of the year)
  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • HANUKKA also spelled CHANUKAH (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • ELEPHANT ROUNDUP AT SURIN, THAILAND celebrated third Sunday in November
  • ON-MATSURI, Yamato region harvest festival in Nara, Japan
  • CHICHIBU NO YO-MATSURI, Kabuki and fireworks in Japan

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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