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Today in History
Today in History: Friday, November  21, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Nov. 21, 1877, inventor Thomas A. Edison unveiled the phonograph.
 
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On this date in:
1789North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1980Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial was born in Donora, Pa.
1922Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
1969The Senate voted down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth.
1973President Richard 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.
1980A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas killed 87 people.
1985Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested, accused of spying for Israel. (He later pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.)
1989The proceedings of Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.
1991The U.N. Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt to be secretary-general.
1995The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 5,000 for the first time.
2000The Florida Supreme Court granted Democrat Al Gore's request to keep the presidential election recount going.
2001A 94-year-old Connecticut woman died of inhalation anthrax, the last of five people killed in the anthrax attacks.
2002NATO invited seven former communist countries to join the alliance: Slovenia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.
2004The NBA suspended Indiana's Ron Artest for the rest of the season following a brawl in the stands during a game against the Detroit Pistons.
2005Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon broke away from the hardline Likud with the intention of forming a new party.
2007Officials announced the recall of more than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children's jewelry contaminated with lead.
2010Debt-struck Ireland applied for a massive EU-IMF loan to stem the flight of capital from its banks.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Musician Dr. John turns 74 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Marlo ThomasActress ("That Girl")77
Richard DurbinU.S. senator, D-Ill.70
Earl MonroeBasketball Hall of Famer70
Goldie HawnActress69
Livingston TaylorSinger64
Lorna LuftActress62
Cherry JonesActress58
Nicollette SheridanActress ("Desperate Housewives")51
BjorkRock singer, actress49
Troy AikmanFootball Hall of Famer, sportscaster48
Ken Griffey Jr.Baseball player45
Michael StrahanFootball Hall of Famer, talk show host43
Jena MaloneActress30
Carly Rae JepsenSinger29
Journalist-editor Tina Brown turns 61 years old today.
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