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

November 21 in Film & TV

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

November 21 in Music

November 21 in Sport

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

Did You Know?

The first human cannonball, Emilio Onra, is fired

On November 21, 1871


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)
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