On This Day

What Happened on November 21

Important Events

  • 164 BC During Maccabbean revolt Judas Maccabaeus recaptures Jersusalem and rededicates the Second Temple, commemorated since as Jewish festival Hanukkah
  • 1620 Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims at Cape Cod [O.S. Nov 11]
  • 1818 Russia's Tsar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine
  • 1906 China prohibits the opium trade
  • 1970 General Hafez al-Assad becomes Prime Minister of Syria following military coup
  • 1971 Battle of Garibpur: Indian troops aided by the Mukti Bahini, Bengali guerrillas, defeat the army of Pakistan
  • 2017 Robert Mugabe's resignation after 37 years in power is read out in Zimbabwe's parliaments during impeachment proceedings
More Historical Events

Nov 21 in Film & TV

  • 1976 "Rocky" directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone premieres in New York (Best Picture 1977)

Nov 21 in Music

Nov 21 in Sport

  • 1905 1st match ever played in the Australian National Tennis Championships

Would You Believe?

Thomas Morris of Australia skips rope 22,806 times

On November 21, 1837

Famous Weddings

  • 1982 Singer Joni Mitchell (39) weds bassist Larry Klein in Malibu, California
  • 1983 NY Ranger Ron Greschner marries model Carol Alt
  • 1983 Actor Ed Harris (33) weds actress Amy Madigan (33)
More Weddings & Divorces