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Sunday, November 21, 2004

Today in history—November 21

Judah_benjamin 1861: Judah P. Benjamin (left) is appointed Confederate Secretary of War.  He had previously turned an offer from President Pierce to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court—he would have been its first Jewish member—and after the war he became one of the most celebrated commercial lawyers in Britain, publishing his Treatise on the Law of Sale of Personal Property in 1868.

1877: Thomas Edison invents the phonograph.

1945: With the war over, the United Auto Workers strike General Motors’ plants in Detroit.

1969: A major step in the Internet, as the first ARPANET link is created.

1990: Judge Kimba (Leonard v. Pepsico) Wood sentences Michael Milken is sentenced to 10 years in prison.

1995: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 5000 for the first time.

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