This Week in History (11/21)


Mickey Mouse makes his appearance in the very first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Image courtesy of Disney)

Ryan Rose, Co-Editor

November 21st, 1620: 

The Mayflower Compact was signed by the 41 male voyagers on the Mayflower, a ship bound for Plymouth, Massachusetts. The document was an agreement made by the passengers that said they would all follow the laws created by a government of their own establishment. The signing of the Mayflower Compact was the very first time in which European colonists established a form of self-government apart from their mother country. 

November 22nd, 1963:

On this day, John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in an open car that was part of a presidential motorcade going through Dallas, Texas. The FBI found Lee Harvey Oswald to be the sole killer; Oswald was a former U.S. Marine who spent roughly 3 years in the Soviet Union.

November 23rd, 1990:

Children’s author Roald Dahl died at the age of 74. Dahl was admitted to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford England roughly 2 weeks before his death and it was determined that he was suffering from a blood disease called myelodysplastic syndrome. Some of the author’s most popular works were Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG. 

November 24th, 2001:

The Grand National Assembly of Turkey changed the country’s legal code to make women equal to men in the eyes of the law. The change also made it so that women were no longer subject to their husbands. 

November 25th, 1277:

Nicholas III was elected to become the pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the very first pope to reside in the Vatican and lived there until his death on August 22, 1280.

November 26th, 1883:

On this day, Sojourner Truth died of old age in Battle Creek, Michigan, where she lived with her daughters. Truth is recognized for her work in the abolition and women’s rights movements; she is most remembered for her work in merging these two movements together in their fight for equal rights.

November 27th, 1924:

The very first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City. The tradition has continued ever since and is known for its large balloons and musical performances. This year’s parade is set to feature performances from Paula Abdul, the casts of multiple Broadway shows such as Funny Girl and The Lion King, and Mariah Carey, who will likely be performing her hit single “All I Want for Christmas is You” for all of those who wish to get festive a little early this year.