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Nov. 21, 2008 - Today In History

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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
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Your mind understands what you have been taught; your heart what is true.

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