21st November
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1783 First Untethered Hot Air Balloon Flight, Over Paris

In the balloon were French physician Jean-François Pilatre de Rozier and François Laurent, the marquis d' Arlandes.

It took them 25 minutes to fly 5.5 miles. The balloon was made out of cloth by Jacques-Étienne and Joseph-Michel Montgolfier.

It is not clear whether this was the first time humans had ever flown. That honor may have been won by a German architect Karl Friedrich Meerwein in 1781, who, it is said, flew his "ornithopter", a glider with flapping wings.

It was on this day...
1877 Phonograph Invented

The first words ever recorded were:

"MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB"

Thomas Edison's company stumbled across the invention when trying to discover a method to record telephone conversations.

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1990 Junk bond king sentenced. Michael Milken is given a ten year sentence by US District Judge Kimba Wood.
1995 Toy Story, the first 100% computer animated feature length cartoon, is released. It was made by Pixar, and starred the voice talents of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. It made $300mn gross in the first year.

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