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Today in History

November 21, 2016 GMT

Today is Monday, Nov. 21, the 326th day of 2016. There are 40 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On Nov. 21, 1922, Rebecca L. Felton, a Georgia Democrat, was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate; her term, the result of an interim appointment, ended the following day as Walter F. George, the winner of a special election, took office.

On this date:

In 1942, the Alaska Highway, also known as the Alcan Highway, was formally opened at Soldier’s Summit in the Yukon Territory.In 1973, President Richard Nixon’s attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18-1/2-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.In 1974, bombs exploded at a pair of pubs in Birmingham, England, killing 21 people.In 1980, 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.In 1985, U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested, accused of spying for Israel. (Pollard later pleaded guilty to espionage and was sentenced to life in prison; he was released on parole on Nov. 20, 2015.)

One year ago: Belgian authorities closed down Brussels’ subway system and flooded the streets with armed police and soldiers in response to what they said was a threat of Paris-style attacks.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Marlo Thomas is 79. Actress Goldie Hawn is 71. Singer-actress Bjork is 51.