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On this day in history - November 21

What Happened On This Day – November 21

  • 1979 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.

  • 1964 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.

  • 1962 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.

  • 1941 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.

  • 1920 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.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
November 21

  • 1969 Ken Griffey, Jr.

    American baseball player

  • 1965 Björk

    Icelandic singer-songwriter, producer, actress

  • 1945 Goldie Hawn

    American actress

  • 1854 Pope Benedict XV

  • 1694 Voltaire

    French philosopher

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
November 21

  • 2012 Ajmal Kasab

    Pakistani terrorist

  • 1996 Abdus Salam

    Pakistani physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1970 C. V. Raman

    Indian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1959 Max Baer

    American boxer, actor

  • 1899 Garret Hobart

    American lawyer, politician, 24th Vice President of the United States