Bengaluru, Nov 21: Today is Friday, November 21, 2014. What happened on this day in history? Oneindia takes a look at the past:
1783: Jean de Rozier and Marquis d'Arlandes make the free-flight ascent, for the first time, in a balloon to more than 500 feet in Paris.
1789: North Carolina ratifies the US Constitution as the 12th state.
1877: Thomas Alva Edison announces his invention of the phonograph (later known as gramophone), a way to record and play back sound.
1904: Horse-drawn cars in Paris replaced by motorised omnibuses.
1907 Cunard liner Mauritania sets new speed record for steamship travel, 624 nautical miles in a day run.
1911 Suffragettes storm Parliament in London. All are arrested and all choose prison terms. 1917: German flying ace (military aviator) Rudolf von Eschwege is killed over Macedonia.
1918: Last German troops leave Alsace-Lorraine, France.
1949: The UN grants Libya its independence by 1952.
1962: China declares unilateral ceasefire in the Sino-Indian War
1970: US planes conduct bomb raids in North Vietnam.
1985: US Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard arrested for leaking classified information to Israel; he got life sentence on Nov 1, 1987.
1986 The Justice Department begins an inquiry into the National Security Council into what will become known as the Iran-Contra scandal. 1995: The Dayton Agreement for peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina is initialed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. It ended the three-and-a-half year war between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2006: Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister Pierre Gemayel assassinated in Beirut.