The Pryor Times

November 21, 2012

Today in history 11-22-2012


— Today is the 327th day of 2012 and the 62nd day of autumn.

 

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1497, explorer Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope in Africa.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as his replacement.

In 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher resigned.

In 1995, "Toy Story," the first full-length film to be entirely computer-generated, was released.

    In 2005, Angela Merkel took office as the first female chancellor of Germany.

 

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: George Eliot (1819-1880), writer; Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), French president and general; Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981), songwriter; Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), composer; Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004), actor/comedian; Robert Vaughn (1932- ), actor; Billie Jean King (1943- ), tennis player; Jamie Lee Curtis (1958- ), actress; Boris Becker (1967- ), tennis player; Scarlett Johansson (1984- ), actress.

 

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1986, Mike Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick, becoming, at 20 years and 5 months of age, the youngest-ever heavyweight boxing champion.

 

TODAY'S FACT: In 2010, "Toy Story 3" was released, earning $415 million at the U.S. box office. The original "Toy Story" grossed $191.8 million.

 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheeses?" -- French President Charles de Gaulle

 

TODAY'S NUMBER: 12 -- Grand Slam women's singles titles won by Billie Jean King.

 

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (Nov. 20) and full moon (Nov. 28).