November 21 is the 325th day of the year and the 326th in leap years. There are 40 days left in the year.
235 - Anterus is elected pope.
1272 - Edward I becomes King of England and Ireland.
1682 - King George I of Great Britain marries Sophie Dorothea of Braunschweig-Lüneburg.
1783 - Francois Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes become the first people to make a free flight in a hot air balloon, built by the Montgolfiér brothers.
1789 - North Carolina becomes the 12th state of the United States.
1791 - Napoleon Bonaparte is promoted to general and gains control of the French armies.
1877 - Thomas Edison announces his new invention, the phonograph.
1916 - HMHS Britannic is torpedoed and sinks on its way from England to Turkey, 30 killed.
1944 - Albanian partisans occupy Tirana.
1945 - Guatemala becomes a member of the UN.
1960 - Mobutu forces attack UN troops in Congo.
1969 - The first ARPANET connection is established.
1975 - The British rock band Queen releases the album A Night at the Opera, which includes the hit song "Bohemian Rhapsody".
1987 - Bruce Willis marries Demi Moore. The marriage lasts for 13 years.
2004 - The Orange Revolution: In Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych is proclaimed the winner of the country's presidential election. There are strong allegations of electoral fraud.
2004 - The Nintendo DS game console is released in the United States.
1818 - It is decided that Horten will become a naval town.
1900 - The Norwegian Employers' Association is founded.
1924 - The local scheduled boats "Oscar II" and "Riskafjord I" collide in dense fog at Stavanger harbor. "Riskafjord I" sinks, but no one is hurt.
1963 - The liner "Hildur" goes down in a snowstorm on the Tyfjord in Finnmark. Three perish.
1976 - Europe's first three-stage rocket is launched from Andøya Rocket Firing Range.
1986 - The express bus route Haukeliekspressen is started up on the section Haugesund - Oslo via Haukelifjell.
See more who were born November 21 in Category: Births November 21.
1694 - Voltaire, French writer, playwright and social critic (d. 1778)
1768 - Friedrich Schleiermacher, German theologian and philosopher (d. 1834)
1805 - Carlo Luigi Morichini, Catholic cardinal (d. 1879)
1831 - Helgo Zettervall, Swedish architect and professor (d. 1907)
1835 - Wyke Bayliss, British artist and author (d. 1906)
1840 - Victoria of Germany, Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia (d. 1901)
1851 - Desiré-Félicien-François-Joseph Mercier, Catholic cardinal and archbishop (d. 1926)
1854 - Pope Benedict XV (d. 1922)
1859 - Hans Tambs Lyche, Norwegian editor (d. 1898)
1860 - Tom Horn, American scout and gunman (d. 1903)
1862 - Jens Nielsen, Danish criminal (d. 1892)
1866 - Sigbjørn Obstfelder, Norwegian author (d. 1900)
1876 - Olav Duun, Norwegian author (d. 1939)
1894 - Friedrich Hossbach, German officer (d. 1980)
1908 - Franz Pfnür, German mountaineer (d. 1996)
1912 - Magli Elster, Norwegian poet, translator and literary critic (d. 1993)
1913 - Odd Vollan, Norwegian historian (d. 2003)
1924 - Christopher Tolkien, British author (d. 2020)
1926 - Odd Børretzen, Norwegian author, illustrator, translator and vocalist (d. 2012)
1926 - William Wakefield Baum, Catholic cardinal and archbishop (d. 2015)
1930 - Lewis Binford, American archaeologist (d. 2011)
1933 - Henry W. Hartsfield Jr., American astronaut (d. 2014)
1942 - Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German politician
1945 - Goldie Hawn, American actor
1950 - Alberto Juantorena, Cuban athlete
1948 - Michel Suleiman, President of Lebanon
1952 - Janne Kristiansen, Norwegian lawyer
1955 - Svein Borkhus, Norwegian politician
1965 - Björk, Icelandic artist
1971 - Gunnar Wærness, Norwegian poet
1972 - Galina Kukleva, Russian biathlete
1977 - Tobias Sammet, German musician
See more who died November 21 in Category: Deaths November 21.
1383 - Jean du