Today in History – November 21

164 BC – Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. These events are commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

1620 – Plymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact.

“Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith…”

1877 – Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound. A well-equipped machine shop could replicate his instrument. Can you build a CD writer? Or player?

– Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States Senator, having been elected by those backward redneck southerners.

1942 – Warner Brothers Cartoons: Tweety Bird, aka Tweety Pie, debuts in “Tale of Two Kitties” “I tawt I saw a puddy tat!”

1969 – The first permanent ARPANET link was established between UCLA and SRI. ARPANET is a precursor to the internet.

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