Today is Monday, Nov. 21, the 326th day of 2016 with 40 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning star is Jupiter. The evening stars are Mercury, Saturn, Venus, Mars, Neptune and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include French explorer of North America Rene Robert de La Salle in 1643; French author Francois-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, in 1694; William Beaumont, pioneer U.S. Army surgeon, in 1785; British steamship company founder Samuel Cunard in 1787; Belgian painter Rene Magritte in 1898; jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins in 1904; dancer/actor Eleanor Powell in 1912; football Hall of fame member Sid Luckman in 1916; baseball Hall of Fame member Stan Musial in 1920; actors Joseph Campanella in 1927 (age 89), Laurence Luckinbill in 1934 (age 82), Marlo Thomas in 1937 (age 79) and Juliet Mills in 1941 (age 75); musician Dr. John, born Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack Jr., in 1940 (age 76); basketball Hall of Fame member Earl Monroe and TV producer Marcy Carsey in 1944, (age 72); filmmaker/actor Harold Ramis, also in 1944; actors Goldie Hawn in 1945 (age 71), Lorna Luft in 1952 (age 64), Nicollette Sheridan in 1963 (age 53) and Rain Phoenix in 1972 (age 44); musician Bjork in 1965 (age 51); and football Hall of Fame member Troy Aikman in 1966 (age 50).
On this date in history:
In 1783, in Paris, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes made the first free-flight ascent in a balloon.
In 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph.
In 1922, Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States Senator. Her appointment was of a temporary nature, as she served just 24 hours.
In 1938, Nazi forces occupied western Czechoslovakia and declared its people German citizens.
In 1974, the U.S. Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act over President Gerald Ford's veto.
In 1985, Jonathan Jay Pollard, a civilian U.S. Navy intelligence analyst and Jewish American, was arrested on charges of illegally passing classified U.S. security information about Arab nations to Israel. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison, was released on November 20, 2016.
In 1991, U.S. President George H.W. Bush signed the Civil Rights Act of 1991, making it easier for workers to sue in job discrimination cases.
In 2003, U.S. House of Representatives and Senate conferees finished the final version of an approximately $400 billion, 1,000-page bill that would create prescription drug coverage for 42 million Americans on Medicare.
In 2004, Iraqi authorities set Jan. 30, 2005, as the date for the nation's first election since the collapse of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship.
In 2005, General Motors Corp., the world's biggest carmaker, announced it was cutting its payroll by 30,000 employees and would be shutting down all or parts of a dozen plants.
In 2006, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced a restoration of diplomatic ties with Syria after 24 years of strained relations.
In 2010, Ireland asked its European partners for a financial rescue package of about $90 billion to bolster its sagging economy.
In 2011, the United States and Britain imposed new sanctions on Iran because of its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons.
In 2012, a cease-fire was announced after eight days of fighting that officials said killed about 130 Palestinians and six Israelis. Hundreds of people were injured. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he held Hamas responsible to keep the truce.
In 2013, the U.S. Senate made a historic rules change that weakened the power of the filibuster, which opposition parties have used to slow or derail presidential nominations. The change cut the number of votes needed for approval of executive and most judicial nominees from 60 votes to 51. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the action was taken because Americans "believe the Senate is broken -- and I believe they are right."
In 2015, following the attacks in Paris, Belgium raised the terror alert in Brussels to the highest level after a "serious and imminent threat," closing the city's metro and encouraging people to avoid concerts, shopping centers and other crowded areas.
A thought for the day: "I've never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don't understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now." -- Sophia Loren