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Friday, November 21, 2008


Today is Friday, Nov. 21, the 326th day of 2008.
There are 40 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

  • On Nov. 21, 1922, Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.

On this date:

  • In 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • In 1927, picketing strikers at the Columbine Mine in northern Colorado were fired on by state police; six miners were killed.
  • In 1942, the Alaska Highway was formally opened.
  • In 1958, baseball Hall-of-Famer Mel Ott died in New Orleans at age 49.
  • In 1964, the upper level of New York's Verrazano Narrows Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island, was opened.
  • In 1967, President Johnson signed the Air Quality Act.
  • In 1969, the Senate voted down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth, 55-45, 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 1980, 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas.
  • In 1988, Canada's Progressive Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, won the country's general election.

Ten years ago:
  • President Clinton, visiting South Korea, warned North Korea to forsake nuclear weapons, and urged the North to seize "an historic opportunity" for peace with the South.

Five years 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.

One year ago:
  • New Hampshire set its earliest-ever presidential primary, deciding on Jan. 8, 2008.
  • Officials announced the recall of more than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children's jewelry contaminated with lead.
  • Engineer Herbert Saffir, who created the five-category system used to describe hurricane strength, died in Miami at age 90.

Today's Birthdays:
  • Baseball Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial is 88.
  • Actor Joseph Campanella is 81.
  • Country singer Jean Shepard is 75.
  • Actor Laurence Luckinbill is 74.
  • Actress Marlo Thomas is 71.
  • Actor Rick Lenz is 69.
  • Singer Dr. John is 68.
  • Actress Juliet Mills is 67.
  • Comedian-director Harold Ramis is 64.
  • Television producer Marcy Carsey is 64.
  • Actress Goldie Hawn is 63.
  • Movie director Andrew Davis is 62.
  • Rock musician Lonnie Jordan (War) is 60.
  • Singer Livingston Taylor is 58.
  • Actress-singer Lorna Luft is 56.
  • Actress Cherry Jones is 52.
  • Rock musician Brian Ritchie (The Violent Femmes) is 48.
  • Gospel singer Steven Curtis Chapman is 46.
  • Actress Nicollette Sheridan is 45.
  • Singer-actress Bjork is 43.
  • Football player Troy Aikman is 42.
  • Rhythm-and-blues singer Chauncey Hannibal (BLACKstreet) is 40.
  • Rock musician Alex James (Blur) is 40.
  • Baseball player Ken Griffey Jr. is 39.
  • Rapper Pretty Lou (Lost Boyz) is 37.
  • Country singer Kelsi Osborn (SHeDAISY) is 34.
  • Actress Jena Malone is 24.

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

"Let's all be careful out there!"