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(E) Today in History - Nov. 21
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  11/20/2004 | History | Unrated
(E) Today in History - Nov. 21


Today in History - Nov. 21

By the Associated Press
Today is Sunday, Nov. 21, the 326th day of 2004. There are 40 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

Forty years ago, on Nov. 21, 1964, New York's Verrazano Narrows Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island, opened.

On this date:

In 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1877, inventor Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.

In 1934, the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes," starring Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney, opened in New York.

In 1942, the Alaska highway across Canada was formally opened.

In 1969, the Senate voted down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth, the first such rejection since 1930.

In 1973, President 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.

In 1979, a mob attacked the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing two Americans.

In 1980, 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

In 1980, an estimated 83 million TV viewers tuned in to the CBS prime-time soap opera "Dallas" to find out "who shot J.R." (It turned out to be Kristin Shephard, played by Mary Crosby.)

In 1989, the proceedings of Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.

Ten years ago: North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms, a Republican, remarked in a newspaper interview that President Clinton "better have a bodyguard" if he were to visit North Carolina; Helms later called his comment "a mistake." NATO warplanes bombed an air base in Serb-held Croatia that was being used by Serb planes to raid the Bosnian "safe area" of Bihac.

Five years ago: President Clinton, speaking at a conference in Florence, Italy, called on prosperous nations to spread global wealth by helping poor countries with Internet hookups, cell phones, debt relief and small loans. China completed its first unmanned test of a spacecraft meant to carry astronauts. Quentin Crisp, the eccentric writer, performer and raconteur best-known for his autobiography "The Naked Civil Servant," died in Manchester, England, at age 90.

One year ago: More than a dozen rockets fired from donkey carts slammed into Iraq's Oil Ministry and two downtown Baghdad hotels used by foreign journalists and civilian defense contractors. Health officials said a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A at a Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant in suburban Pittsburgh was probably caused by green onions from Mexico.

Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial is 84. Country singer Jean Shepard is 71. Actor Laurence Luckinbill is 70. Actress Marlo Thomas is 67. Actor Rick Lenz is 65. Singer Dr. John is 64. Actress Juliet Mills is 63. Comedian-director Harold Ramis is 60. Television producer Marcy Carsey is 60. Actress Goldie Hawn is 59. Rock musician Lonnie Jordan (War) is 56. Singer Livingston Taylor is 54. Actress-singer Lorna Luft is 52. Journalist Tina Brown is 51. Actress Cherry Jones is 48. Rock musician Brian Ritchie (The Violent Femmes) is 44. Gospel singer Steven Curtis Chapman is 42. Actress Nicollette Sheridan is 41. Singer-actress Bjork is 39. Football player Troy Aikman is 38. R&B singer Chauncey Hannibal (BLACKstreet) is 36. Rock musician Alex James (Blur) is 36. Baseball player Ken Griffey Jr. is 35. Rapper Pretty Lou (Lost Boyz) is 33. Country singer Kelsi Osborn (SHeDAISY) is 30. Actress Jena Malone is 20.

Thought for Today: "A concept is stronger than a fact." - Charlotte P. Gilman, American lecturer and author (1860-1935).


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