Sunday, November 21, 2010
1307 – French King Philip IV, who has borrowed more money than he can repay and has decided to blame the lenders, has puppet Pope Clement V order the arrest of all Knights Templar in Europe and seizure of their assets. It serves the greedy lenders right.
1718 – In Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina, legendary pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach is killed in battle by British seamen from the sloop HMS Ranger.
1858 – Land speculator William Larimer lays out a proposed mile-square city on a hill near the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in what is then Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory. He names it after the territorial governor, James William Denver.
1869 – The 975-ton Cutty Sark—the last clipper ship ever to be built—is launched. She will be the world’s fastest ship, but at a construction price of £17 a ton, she will bankrupt her builders, Scott & Linton of Dumbarton, Scotland.
1935 – Pan American Airways’ China Clipper takes off from Alameda, California on its first trans-Pacific flight. It will get to Manila a week later.
1963 – President John F. Kennedy is shot to death while riding in an open car in Dallas, 36th President. If you ever go and stand on the "grassy knoll," you’ll see that it’s impossible to believe anyone could have been shooting from that location without being seen.
1995 – Pixar Studios releases the first full-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery. Toy Story will become a surprisingly big hit.
2005 – Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany.