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On this day: November 21

Published: Nov 20 2012 03:35:16 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 21 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

Thomas Edison announces the phonograph, "Frankenstein" and "Rocky" premiere 45 years apart, Tweety Bird makes his debut, and millions tune in to find out "who shot J.R.," all on this day.

OTD November 21 - Judas Maccabaeus
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164 B.C.: Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

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