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Senator Rebecca Felton of Georgia is pictured at her desk in Washington, D.C. On October 3, 1922, Mrs. Felton was chosen to fill the seat left vacant following the untimely death of Senator Thomas E. Watson, becoming the first woman to serve in the United States Senate. She was sworn in on November 21, 1922, and served 24 hours. Photo by National Photo Company/Library of Congress/UPI

Today is Monday, November 21, the 325th day of 2022 with 40 to go.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.


People born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include the French author François-Marie Arouet, dit Voltaire, in 1694; Pope Benedict XV in 1854; Belgian painter René Magritte in 1898; Stan Musial, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1920; actor Joseph Campanella in 1924; actor Laurence Luckinbill in 1934 (age 88); actor Marlo Thomas in 1937 (85); actor Juliet Mills in 1941 (age 81); TV producer Marcy Carsey in 1944 (age 78); filmmaker/actor Harold Ramis, also in 1944; actor Goldie Hawn in 1945 (age 77); actor Lorna Luft in 1952 (age 70); actor Cherry Jones in 1956 (age 66); actor Nicollette Sheridan in 1963 (age 59); the musician Björk Guðmundsdóttir in 1965 (age 57); Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman in 1966 (age 56); Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. in 1969 (age 53); TV personality/former NFL player Michael Strahan in 1971 (age 51); actor Rain Phoenix in 1972 (age 50); wrestler Brie Bella in 1983 (age 39); wrestler Nikki Bella in 1983 (age 39); actor Jena Malone in 1984 (age 38); singer Carly Rae Jepsen in 1985 (age 37); actor Isabel May in 2000 (22 years old).


On this historical date:

In 1783, in Paris, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes made the first ascent in free flight in a balloon.

In 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph.

In 1916, HMHS Britannic, originally built as an ocean liner and later commissioned as a hospital ship during World War I, was sunk by a naval mine. Thirty people died and 1,035 survived.

In 1922, Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia was sworn in and became the first American senator. Her appointment was temporary in nature, as she only served 24 hours.

In 1938, Nazi forces occupied western Czechoslovakia and declared its people German citizens.

In 1974, the US Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act despite President Gerald Ford’s veto.

In 1985, Jonathan Jay Pollard, a civilian US Navy intelligence analyst and American Jew, was arrested for illegally passing classified US security information about Arab nations to Israel. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison, was released on November 20, 2016.

In 1991, US President George HW Bush signed the Civil Rights Act of 1991, making it easier for workers to sue in cases of workplace discrimination.

In 2003, delegates from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate completed the final draft of a roughly $400 billion, 1,000-page bill that would create prescription drug coverage for 42 million Americans on Medicare.

In 2005, General Motors Corp., the world’s largest automaker, announced that it was cutting its payroll by 30,000 employees and closing all or part of a dozen factories.

In 2006, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Syria after 24 years of strained relations.

In 2012, a ceasefire was announced after eight days of fighting that authorities say killed around 130 Palestinians and six Israelis. Hundreds of people were injured. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he held Hamas responsible for upholding the truce.

In 2013, the US Senate made a historic rule change that weakened the power of the filibuster, which opposition parties have used to slow or derail presidential nominations. The change reduced the number of votes needed to endorse nominees for executive and most justices from 60 votes to 51. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said the step was taken because Americans “believe the Senate is broken – and I believe they are right. .”

In 2021, six people were killed and dozens more injured after a car slammed into the Waukesha Christmas Parade in Wisconsin. The driver, Darrell Brooks, was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences.


A thought of the day: “Not all change is growth, just as all movement is not forward.” — American writer Ellen Glasgow