It happened today – this day in history – November 21

1620: The Pilgrim Fathers reach Provincetown Harbour, Massachusetts.

1694: French writer and philosopher Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) is born in Paris.

1695: Death of composer Henry Purcell aged 36.

1759: The Prussian army surrenders to Austrians at the Battle of Maxen.

1783: Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and Marquis d’Arlandes make the first manned free balloon flight in a Montgolfier balloon.

1806: Napoleon bans all trade with Britain.

1818: Russia’s Tsar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine.

1847: The steamer “Phoenix” is lost on Lake Michigan with the loss of 200 lives.

1898: Surrealist painter René Magritte, is born in Belgium.

1906: China prohibits the opium trade.

1914: The British army conquers Basra.

1918: The German High Seas Fleet of five battlecruisers, nine battleships, seven cruisers and 49 destroyers surrender to the British Grand Fleet and are shepherded into the Firth of Forth.

1931: The horror film “Frankenstein” is released, starring Boris Karloff as the monster.

1938: Nazi forces occupy western Czechoslovakia and declare the inhabitants to be German citizens.

1941: German troops occupy Rostov-on-Don, Southern Russia.

1945: Premiere of Benjamin Britten’s 2nd String quartet in C.

1955: RCA Records purchased Elvis Presley’s recording contract from Sam Phillips at Sun Records for $35,000.

1960: The Beatles played at the Kaiserkeller Club in Hamburg, without George Harrison, who had been deported earlier in the day for being underage.

1962: The Chinese People’s Liberation Army declares a unilateral cease-fire in the Sino-Indian War.

1963: US President John F Kennedy flies to Texas.

1964: The Verrazano-Narrows suspension bridge, the longest in the world at the time, opens in New York.

1967: The number of animals slaughtered in the foot-and-mouth epidemic reaches a record high of 134,000.


1970: General Hafez al-Assad becomes Prime Minister of Syria following military coup.

1971: Indian troops aided by the Mukti Bahini, Bengali guerrillas, defeat the army of Pakistan at the Battle of Garibpur.

TV on this day (Sunday)


10.35Jobs in the House and Garden

11.00Concelebrated Mass

12.05Collecting on a Shoestring

12.30 – 13.00Rules of the Game

12.55Out of Town

13.15Captain Scarlet

13.45University Challenge

14.15The Big Match
Highlights of yesterday’s Derby County v Sheffield Utd game.

15.15The House of the Seven Hawks

16.45The Golden Shot
With host Bob Monkhouse

17.35The Flaxton Boys


18.15Freedom Roadshow

19.00Stars on Sunday

19.25On the Buses
Comedy series starring Reg Varney

19.55Royal Variety Performance
Bruce Forsyth introduces Tommy Cooper, Sacha Distel, Stephane Grappelli and Shirley Bassey.


22.3Royal Variety Performance

23.15The Kee Interview

23.30On Reflection

23.55Grass Roots


09.00Nai Zindagi NayaJeevan

09.30Wie bitte?


11.00Seeing and Believing

11.35Fact and Fiction

12.00The Engineer’s World

12.25Conflict at Work


13.50The Gap

14.15Made in Britain

14.25Here’s Lucy

14.50Sun Valley Serenade

16.15Laurel and Hardy

16.35Walt Disney

17.20Tom Brown’s Schooldays


18.15A Chance to Meet

18.55Songs of Praise



Guests include film star Joanne Woodward



19.00News Review

19.25The World About Us

20.25Music on 2

21.10Wives and Daughters

22.00Comedy Tonight

22.45Television Doctor

23.00One Man’s Week

23.30News Summary


Singles chart:

  1. Coz I Luv You – Slade
  2. Jeepster – T Rex
  3. Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) – Benny Hill
  4. Gypsies Tramps and Thieves – Cher
  5. Johnny Reggae – The Piglets
  6. Till – Tom Jones
  7. I Will Return – Springwater
  8. Backs Of The Ohio – Olivia Newton John
  9. Maggie May/Reason To Believe – Rod Stewart
  10. Surrender – Diana Ross
1971: John Lennon – Imagine

Album chart:

  1. Top Of The Pops Vol 20 – Various Artists
  2. Every Picture Tells A Story – Rod Stewart
  3. Meddle – Pink Floyd
  4. Motown Chartbusters Vol 6 – Various Artists
  5. Imagine – John Lennon
  6. Electric Warrior – T Rex
  7. Tapestry – Carole King
  8. This Is Pourcel – Frank Pourcel
  9. Santana III – Santana
  10. Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin

1973: President Richard Nixon’s attorney, J Fred Buzhardt, reveals the presence of an 18½ minute gap in a White House tape recording related to Watergate.

1974: Two IRA bombs explode in central Birmingham pubs the Tavern In The Town and the Mulberry Bush, killing 21 and injuring over 180. On the same day, Wilson Pickett was arrested in New York City for possession of a dangerous weapon after he pulled a gun during an argument.

1977: The first flight of Concorde from London to New York.

1979: A mob in the Pakistani capital Islamabad burns the US Embassy to the ground in a five-hour attack in which a US marine is killed.

1980: Eagles drummer Don Henley was arrested after a naked 16-year old girl was found at his home in Los Angeles suffering from a drug overdose. On the same day, a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84.

1985: The Geneva summit between the US and the Soviet Union ends in optimism but with no agreement on the “Star Wars” space defence system.

1986: Suriname army leader Desi Bouterse massacres Moiwana village.

1989: TV cameras are permitted in the House of Commons.

1990: Mick Jagger marries Jerry Hall in Bali. The marriage was declared ‘null and void’ on August 13, 1999 after a judge ruled that the six- hour ceremony in Bali was never registered. On the same day, French President François Mitterrand voices support for a proposed UN resolution that would authorize the use of force in the Persian Gulf.

1995: The United States brokers a peace settlement for Bosnia Herzegovina to be enforced by 60,000 NATO troops. On the same day, Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant dies from a heart attack aged 60.

2002: NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.

2003: The Egmond acoustic guitar on which George Harrison learned how to play, purchased by his father for £3.10s, fetches £276,000 at a London auction. On the same day, Record producer Phil Spector appears before a California court and is formally charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. He pleads not guilty and is released on £1million bail.

2009: Pete Doherty is arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug, moments after avoiding a prison sentence at a court-hearing.

2012: Stone Roses guitarist John Squire’s art studio burns down at his home in Macclesfield. On the same day, Chelsea Manager Roberto Di Matteo is sacked and replaced by Rafael Benítez.

2017: Robert Mugabe’s resignation after 37 years in power is read out in Zimbabwe’s parliaments during impeachment proceedings. On the same day, actor/singer David Cassidy dies of liver failure aged 67 and actor Rodney Bewes dies aged 79. Also, Mt Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali erupts,

BIRTHDAYS: Juliet Mills, actress, 79; Jacques Laffite, racing driver, 77; Goldie Hawn, actress, 75; Lonnie Jordan, singer-songwriter (War) 72; John “Rabbit” Bundrick, keyboards, 72; Lorna Luft, singer/actress, 68; Liza Tarbuck, actress/broadcaster, 56; Bjork (Gudmundsdottir), singer-songwriter, 55; Margret Ornolfsdottir, keyboards, (The Sugarcubes) 53; Alex James, bassist (Blur) 52; Carly Rae Jepsen, singer-songwriter, 35.

Mick Ferris

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