November 21st

Debt-struck Ireland applied for a massive EU-IMF loan to stem the flight of capital from its banks.
1997 Asian financial crisis
Officials announced the recall of more than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children's jewelry contaminated with lead.
Chuck Schumer
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon broke away from the hardline Likud with the intention of forming a new party.
The NBA suspended Indiana's Ron Artest for the rest of the season following a brawl in the stands during a game against the Detroit Pistons.
NATO invited seven former communist countries to join the alliance: Slovenia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.
Enlargement of NATO
A 94-year-old Connecticut woman died of inhalation anthrax, the last of five people killed in the anthrax attacks.
2001 anthrax attacks
The Florida Supreme Court granted Democrat Al Gore's request to keep the presidential election recount going.
Bush v. Gore
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 5,000 for the first time.
Closing milestones of the Dow Jones Industrial Average
Egypt's Boutros Boutros-Ghali was chosen to become secretary-general by the UN Security Council.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali
The proceedings of Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.
First televised speech in the UK Parliament
Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested, accused of spying for Israel. (He later pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.).
Jonathan Pollard
A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas killed 87 people.
MGM Grand fire
Mob burns down US embassy in Pakistan. The mob was allegedly incensed by a rumor that the United States was involved in an attack on a mosque in the holy city of Mecca.
1979 U.S. embassy burning in Islamabad
President Richard 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.
Battle of Garibpur: Indian troops aided by Mukti Bahini (Bengali guerrillas) defeat the Pakistan army.
Battle of Garibpur
For the first time since 1930, the U.S. Senate rejected a Supreme Court nominee, Clement Haynsworth.
Clement Haynsworth
Verrazano Narrows Bridge opens in NYC. The suspension bridge connects Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City and at the time of its opening, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge, until the Humber Bridge in the UK opened in 1981.
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
War between China and India ends. The month long war began over a border dispute between the two countries and ended with a unilateral ceasefire by the Chinese.
Sino-Indian War
Tweety Bird makes its debut. The fictional cartoon canary also just called Tweety made his first appearance in A Tale of Two Kitties, a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon. Tweety was created by animator Bob Clampett who worked on Loony Tunes cartoons.
Sylvester the Cat
Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes opened in New York City.
Anything Goes
Georgia's Rebecca Felton was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman U.S. Senator.
Rebecca Latimer Felton
Bloody Sunday in Ireland. A key event in the Irish War of Independence, which was a conflict between the British government and Irish revolutionaries in Ireland, Bloody Sunday began with the killings of 14 people by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) under the leadership of Michael Collins. Two other violent incidents against civilian and IRA members during the day added to the death count, which was over 30 by the end of the day.
Bloody Sunday (1920)
China prohibits the opium trade.
Tom Edison announces his "talking machine" invention (phonograph) - first machine to play and record sound.
Russia's Tsar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine.
Timeline of Zionism
Colonel Napoléon Bonaparte is promoted to General and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.
Military career of Napoleon Bonaparte
North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1st United States Congress
With the Marquis d'Arlandes, Pilâtre de Rozier made the first free flight in a balloon, reaching a peak altitude of about 3,000 ft and traveling about 5 1/2 mi in 20 min.
List of firsts in aviation
Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims at Cape Cod, [O.S. Nov 11].
Mayflower Compact