November 21 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

164 BC During Maccabbean revolt Judas Maccabaeus recaptures Jersusalem and rededicates the Second Temple, commemorated since as Jewish festival Hanukkah

1818 Russia’s Tsar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine

1906 China prohibits the opium trade

1970 General Hafez al-Assad becomes Prime Minister of Syria following a military coup

1971 Battle of Garibpur: Indian troops aided by the Mukti Bahini, Bengali guerrillas, defeat the army of Pakistan

2017 Robert Mugabe‘s resignation after 37 years in power is read out in Zimbabwe’s parliaments during impeachment proceedings

Today’s Historical Events

164 BC During Maccabbean revolt Judas Maccabaeus recaptures Jersusalem and rededicates the Second Temple, commemorated since as Jewish festival Hanukkah

235 St Anterus begins his reign as Catholic Pope, will only rule for 40 days

695 Pope Sergius names Willibrord as Archbishop Clemens of Friezen

1272 Following Henry III of England’s death on November 16, his son Prince Edward becomes King of England.

1317 Frederik of Sierck/Zyrick becomes bishop of Utrecht

1654 Richard Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Virginia

1696 J Vanbrughe’s “Relapse or Virtue in Danger” premieres in London

1729 Netherlands signs Treaty of Seville

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1920 Silent film “The Last of the Mohicans” released, adapted from James Fenimore Cooper‘s novel, starring Wallace Beery, Barbara Bedford

1931 Horror film “Frankenstein” is released, starring Boris Karloff as the monster, directed by James Whale and based on Mary Shelley‘s 1818 novel “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus”

1946 “The Best Years of Our Lives”, film directed by William Wyler, based on MacKinlay Kantor’s novella Glory for Me, starring Myrna Loy and Fredric March, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1947)

1947 Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to win National Wrestlingg Association world heavyweight title

1953 WKJG TV channel 33 in Ft Wayne, IN (NBC) begins broadcasting

1955 KTVO TV channel 3 in Ottumwa-Kirksville, IA (ABC) begins broadcasting

1959 Entertainer Jack Benny (violin) and US Vice-President Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1901 Richard Strauss‘ opera “Feuersnot” premieres in Dresden

1934 Cole Porter‘s musical “Anything Goes” opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC, later transferred to 46th Street Theatre; runs for 420 performances

1937 Dmitri Shostakovich‘s 5th Symphony premieres in Lenningrad, with the ovation lasting over an hour

1945 Benjamin Britten‘s 2nd String quartet in C premieres

1964 “Something More!” closes at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC after 15 performances

1964 “Zizi” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 49 performances

1975 Linda McCartney drug charges in US are dropped

1977 “All ‘N All” 8th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1978)

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1902 Baseball’s Philadelphia Athletics & Phillies form pro football teams, joining Pitts Stars in 1st attempt at a National Football League

1905 1st match ever played in the Australian National Tennis Championships

1925 Red Grange plays final Univ of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears

1934 NY Yankees buy Joe DiMaggio from SF Seals (Pacific Coast League)

1947 Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to win National Wrestlingg Association world heavyweight title

1949 Bill Veeck sells Cleveland Indians for $22 million, to fund his divorce settlement

1952 Dodgers pitcher Joe Black wins NL Rookie of Year

1956 Don Newcombe wins NL MVP & 1st-ever Cy Young Award

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