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November 21st, 2006 (November 21 2006)EventAnti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut.
November 21st, 2004 (November 21 2004)EventThe second round of the Ukrainian presidential election is held, unleashing massive protests and controversy over the election s integrity.
November 21st, 2004 (November 21 2004)EventThe island of Dominica is hit by the most destructive earthquake in its history. The northern half of the island receives the most damage, especially the town of Portsmouth. It is also felt in neighboring Guadeloupe, where one person is killed as a result.
November 21st, 2004 (November 21 2004)EventThe Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq s external debt.
November 21st, 2002 (November 21 2002)EventNATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
November 21st, 1996 (November 21 1996)EventA propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store and office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33.
November 21st, 1995 (November 21 1995)EventThe Dayton Peace Agreement is initialled at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, ending three and a half years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement was formally ratified in Paris, on December 14 that same year.
November 21st, 1995 (November 21 1995)EventThe Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 5,000 (5,023.55) for the first time.
November 21st, 1990 (November 21 1990)EventCharter of Paris for a New Europe refocusses the efforts of the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europeon post-Cold War issues.
November 21st, 1988 (November 21 1988)EventCanadian federal election, Canadians re-elect the Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney after an election campaign fought mainly over the issue of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement. Boy Genius Miles Prince Bowlin is born in Texas.
November 21st, 1986 (November 21 1986)EventIran-Contra Affair: National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary start to shred documents implicating them in the sale of weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
November 21st, 1985 (November 21 1985)EventUnited States Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard is arrested for spying (he was caught giving Israel classified information on Arab nations and was eventually sentenced to life in prison).
November 21st, 1980 (November 21 1980)EventA deadly fire breaks out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada (now Bally s Las Vegas). 87 people are killed and more than 650 are injured in the worst disaster in Nevada history.
November 21st, 1980 (November 21 1980)EventLake Peigneur drained into an underlying salt deposit. A misplaced Texaco oil probe was drilled into the Diamond Crystal Salt Mine, causing water to flow down into the mine, eroding the edges of the hole. The resulting whirlpool sucked the drilling platform, several barges, houses and trees thousands of feet, to the bottom of the dissolving salt deposit.
November 21st, 1979 (November 21 1979)EventThe United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan is attacked by a mob and set alight, killing four. (see: Foreign relations of Pakistan)
November 21st, 1977 (November 21 1977)EventMinister of Internal Affairs Hon Allan Highet announces that the national anthems of New Zealand shall be the traditional anthem "God Save the Queen" and the poem "God Defend New Zealand", written by Thomas Bracken, as set to music by John Joseph Woods, both being of equal status as national anthems appropriate to the occasion.Thomas Bracken Quotes
November 21st, 1974 (November 21 1974)EventThe Birmingham Pub Bombings by the IRA kill 21 people. The Birmingham Six were sentenced to life in prison for this but subsequently acquitted.
November 21st, 1971 (November 21 1971)EventIndian troops partly aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas) defeat the Pakistan army in the Battle of Garibpur.
November 21st, 1970 (November 21 1970)EventVietnam War: Operation Ivory CoastA joint Air Force and Army team raids the Son Tay prison camp in an attempt to free American prisoners of war thought to be held there.
November 21st, 1969 (November 21 1969)EventU.S. President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato agree in Washington, D.C. on the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. is to retain its rights to bases on the island, but these are to be nuclear-free.
November 21st, 1967 (November 21 1967)EventVietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: "I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing."
November 21st, 1964 (November 21 1964)EventThe Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opens to traffic (at the time it was the world s longest suspension bridge).
November 21st, 1964 (November 21 1964)EventSecond Vatican Council: The third session of the Roman Catholic Church s ecumenical council closes.
November 21st, 1962 (November 21 1962)EventThe Chinese People s Liberation Army declares a unilateral cease-fire in the Sino-Indian War.
November 21st, 1953 (November 21 1953)EventAuthorities at the British Natural History Museum announce that the "Piltdown Man" skull, held to be one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, was a hoax.
November 21st, 1942 (November 21 1942)EventThe completion of the Alaska Highway (also known as the Alcan Highway) is celebrated (however, the highway was not usable by general vehicles until 1943).
November 21st, 1927 (November 21 1927)EventColumbine Mine Massacre: Striking coal miners were allegedly attacked with machine guns by a detachment of state police dressed in civilian clothes.
November 21st, 1922 (November 21 1922)EventRebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States Senator.
November 21st, 1920 (November 21 1920)EventBloody Sunday during the Anglo-Irish War.
November 21st, 1916 (November 21 1916)EventHMHS Britannic sinks in the Aegean Sea after a mine explodes, killing 30 people.
November 21st, 1905 (November 21 1905)EventAlbert Einstein s paper, "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", is published in the journal "Annalen der Physik". This paper reveals the relationship between energy and mass. This leads to the mass-energy equivalence formula E = mc?.Albert Einstein Quotes
November 21st, 1894 (November 21 1894)EventPort Arthur massacre: Port Arthur, Manchuria falls to the Japanese, a decisive victory of the First Sino-Japanese War.
November 21st, 1877 (November 21 1877)EventThomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.
November 21st, 1861 (November 21 1861)EventAmerican Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis appoints Judah Benjamin secretary of war.
November 21st, 1791 (November 21 1791)EventColonel Napoleon Bonaparte is promoted to full general and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes
November 21st, 1789 (November 21 1789)EventNorth Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution and is admitted as the 12th U.S. state.
November 21st, 1783 (November 21 1783)EventIn Paris, Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d Arlandes, make the first untethered hot air balloon flight.
November 21st, 1620 (November 21 1620)EventPlymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact (November 11, O.S.).
November 21st, 1272 (November 21 1272)EventFollowing Henry III of England s death on November 16, his son Prince Edward becomes King of England.
November 21st, 0164 (November 21 0164)EventJudas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. Events commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

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