November 21, fatal hotel fire in Las Vegas

Today in history

Today is Monday, November 21st, the 325th day of the year 2022. There are 40 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On November 21, 1980, a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada killed 87 people.

On this date:

In 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the US Constitution.

In 1920 the Irish Republican Army killed 12 British intelligence officers and two Auxiliary Police officers in the Dublin area; British forces responded by raiding a football match, killing 14 civilians.

In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Air Quality Act into law.

In 1969, the Senate voted against the Supreme Court nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth, 55-45, the first such rejection since 1930.

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 tapes relating to Watergate.

In 1979, a mob attacked the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing two Americans.

In 1980, an estimated 83 million television viewers tuned in to the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas to find out “who shot JR” (It turns out the shooter was JR Ewing’s sister-in-law, Kristin Shepard.)

In 1985, US Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested and charged with spying for Israel. (Pollard later pleaded guilty to espionage and was sentenced to life in prison; he was paroled on November 20, 2015 and moved to Israel five years later.)

In 1990, junk bond financier Michael R. Milken, who had pleaded guilty to six counts, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in New York. (Milk serves two.)

In 1995, in Dayton, Ohio, Balkan leaders initialed a peace plan to end 3 1/2 years of ethnic fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BAHZ’-nee-ah HEHR’-tsuh-goh-vee-nah).

In 2001, Ottilie (AH’-tih-lee) Lundgren, a 94-year-old resident of Oxford, Connecticut, died of inhalational anthrax; She was the apparent latest victim in a series of anthrax attacks carried out through the mail system.

In 2020, a federal judge in Pennsylvania dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit to prevent the state from confirming Joe Biden’s victory. In a scathing order, the judge said Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had made only “speculative allegations.” The Trump campaign called for a vote recount in Georgia’s presidential campaign, a day after state officials confirmed results showing Democrat Joe Biden won the state. (After the recount, the state’s top election official reconfirmed Biden’s victory.)

Ten years ago: Two weeks after being re-elected to a ninth full term in Congress, Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois quietly resigned in a letter acknowledging an ongoing federal investigation. (Jackson was eventually sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for illegally spending campaign money.) Israel and the Gaza militant Hamas group agreed on a ceasefire to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years.

Five years ago: Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe resigned; He was facing impeachment and had been placed under house arrest by the military. Former teen pop idol David Cassidy, star of 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, has died aged 67; Earlier this year he announced that he had been diagnosed with dementia.

A year ago: A man drove an SUV into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing six people and injuring more than 60. (Darrell Brooks Jr. was convicted of 76 counts, including six counts of first-degree first-degree homicide; he would be sentenced to life in prison with no prospect of release.) Deposed Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok signed a deal with the military to reinstate him, almost a month after a military coup put him under house arrest. (Hamdok would step down in January 2022 after failing to bridge a rift between the military and pro-democracy protesters.) South Korean superstars BTS were crowned Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards, beating challenges from Taylor Swift, Drake and The Weeknd aside.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Laurence Luckinbill is 88. Actor Marlo Thomas is 85. Actor Rick Lenz is 83. Actor Juliet Mills is 81. Basketball Hall of Famer Earl Monroe is 78. TV producer Marcy Carsey is 78. Actor Goldie Hawn is 77. Film director Andrew Davis is 76. Rock musician Lonnie Jordan (War) is 74. Singer Livingston Taylor is 72. Actress and singer Lorna Luft is 70. Actor Cherry Jones is 66. Rock musician Brian Ritchie (The Violent Femmes) is 62. Gospel singer Steven Curtis Chapman is 60. Actress Nicollette Sheridan is 59. Singer and actor Bjork (byork) is 57. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman is 56. R&B singer Chauncey Hannibal (BLACKstreet) is 54. The rock musician Alex James (Blur ) is 54 Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. is 53 TV personality Rib Hillis is 52 Football player and TV personality Michael Strahan (STRAY’-han) is 51 De r Actor Rain Phoenix is ​​50. Actress Marina de Tavira is 49. Country singer Kelsi Osborn (SHeDAISY) is 48. Actor Jimmi Simpson is 47. Singing Actor Lindsey Haun is 38. Actor Jena Malone is 38. The Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen is 37. Actor and singer Sam Palladio is 36.