Monday, November 21, 2016
History for November 21 - On-This-Day.com:
François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) 1694 - Writer, historian, philosopher, William Beaumont 1785 - Surgeon, known as the "Father of Gastric Physiology", Stan Musial 1920 - Baseball player
Marlo Thomas (Margaret Julia "Marlo" Thomas) 1938 - Actress ("That Girl"), Harold Ramis 1944 - Actor, director, writer, Goldie Hawn 1945 - Actress
1783 - The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon. The pilots, Francois Pilatre de Rosier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d'Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes and 5½ miles over Paris.
1877 - Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.
1942 - The Alaska Highway across Canada was formally opened.
1953 - British Natural History Museum authorities announced that "Piltdown Man" was a hoax.
1963 - U.S. 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.
1973 - U.S. President Richard M. 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.
1980 - An estimated 83 million viewers tuned in to find out "who shot J.R." on the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. Kristin was the character that fired the gun. (Texas)
1980 - 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, NV.