Historical Political Events for November 21

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Year Event
1620 Pilgrim emigrants compose the “Mayflower Compact” while anchored in the Provincetown harbor aboard their ship the Mayflower (maybe signed on Nov. 22). The compact serves as a civil charter for the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. It was dated Nov. 11, 1620, as the old calendar was still in effect. (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1789 The state of North Carolina is admitted to the Union.
1920 Members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill 11 British officers on “Bloody Sunday” in Dublin, Ireland. Later the same day, British irregular policemen (the “Black and Tans”) fire into a soccer crowd, killing 12. (From The Encarta® 2000)
1967 Air Quality Act of 1967 becomes law. This Act required the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (which runs the Public Health Service) to designate air quality regions, provide information on control techniques, and publish air quality standards. Individual states were then required to develop their own standards and plan for their implementation.
1969 The U.S. and Japan agreed on the return of Okinawa to Japan in 1972.
1973 Congress overrides President Ford's veto to pass the Freedom of Information Act.
1983 The "public debt limit" is raised from $?? to $1,490,000,000,000 by our exalted leaders.
1991 "The Civil Rights Act of 1991" is enacted. Allows punitive damages for "intentional employment discrimination".
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the U.S. Department of Labor:"PROFESSIONAL, ADMINISTRATIVE, AND MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SERVICES", $10,000,000.00, TO Clifton Gunderson; $10,000,000 to KPMG Peat Marwick; $10,000,000 to Price Waterhouse; $10,000,000 to Urbach, Kahn & Werlin P.C.; $10,000,000 to Ernst & Young, L.L.P.; $10,000,000 to Arthur Andersen, L.L.P.; $10,000,000 to Deloitte & Touche, L.L.P..
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Quote of
the Day
It is a fine thing to face machine guns for immortality and a medal, but isn't it a fine thing, too, to face calumny, injustice and loneliness for the truth which makes men free?
    — H. L. Mencken
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