It happened today – this day in history – November 21

1620: The Pilgrim Fathers reach America, landing at Provincetown Harbor, Mass in The Mayflower.

1694: Birth of French writer and philospher Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet).

1695: Death of composer Henry Purcell.

1791: Colonel Napoleon Bonaparte is promoted to 1st Lieutenant and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.

1818: Russian Tsar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine.

1898: Birth of surrealist painter René Magritte.

1906: China prohibits the opium trade.

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

1953: Authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce the “Piltdown Man” skull, one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, is a hoax.

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

1960: The Beatles guitarist George Harrison was deported from Germany for being too young at 17 to be in a nightclub after midnight. The band were at the time playing throughout the night at the Kaiserkeller Club in Hamburg.

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

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

1974: 21 people are killed when IRA bombs explode at two pubs in Birmingham. On the same day, Wilson Pickett is arrested in New York for possession of a dangerous weapon after he pulled a gun during an argument.

1977: Concorde’s maiden flight from London to New York.

1980: Don Henley of The Eagles 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, 83 million Americans watch JR get shot in the TV series Dallas.

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

1995: Former Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant died from a heart attack aged 60.

2003: An acoustic guitar on which George Harrison learned to play fetched £276,000 at auction. His father originally bought the Egmond guitar for Harrison for £3.50.

2017: David Cassidy died of liver failure aged 67. On the same day, actor Rodney Bewes died aged 79.

BIRTHDAYS: Juliet Mills, actress, 78; Goldie Hawn, actress, 74; Lorna Luft, singer, 67; Liza Tarbuck, actress/broadcaster, 55; Bjork Gudmundsdottir, singer, 54; Alex James, bass player (Blur) 51; Carly Rae Jepson, singer/songwriter, 34.

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Mick Ferris

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