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This Day in History for November 21

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1789 – North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state.

1852 – Duke University founded in 1838 as Union Institute, chartered as Normal College.

1865 – Shaw University forms in Raleigh, NC.

1922 – Rebecca L. Felton (Ga) sworn in as first female US Senator.

1925 – Red Grange plays final University of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears.

1945 – General Motors workers go on strike.

1946 – Harry Truman becomes 1st US President to travel in a submerged sub.

1949 – Bill Veeck sells Cleveland Indians for $22 million.

1959 – Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet.

1963 – US President John F. Kennedy flies to Texas (assassinated the next day)

1967 – Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: “I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing.”

1973 – US President Richard Nixon’s attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, reveals presence of 18 1/2 minute gap in a White House tape recording related to Watergate.

1980 – Dallas’ “Who Shot JR?” episode (Kristen) gets a 53.3 rating (83 million) in the US.

1980 – Fire at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84.

1981 – Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks.

1989 – Law banning smoking on most domestic flights signed by US President George H.W. Bush.

1995 – Dow Jones closes above 5,000 for 1st time.

2017 – CBS TV host Charlie Rose is fired after allegations of sexual harassment by eight women.

2019 – Elon Musk launches Tesla’s electric Cybertruck with shatterproof windows that when demonstrated on stage shatter.

2019 – 44% of Americans work in low-wage jobs with medium annual wage of just $18,000, with most aged 25 – 54 according to analysis by Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

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