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On this day: November 21

Published On: Nov 20 2012 02:35:16 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 21 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - Rebecca Felton
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U.S. Senate Historical Office

1922: Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States senator. Felton was appointed by Georgia Gov. Thomas W. Hardwick to fill a vacancy created by the death of Sen. Thomas E. Watson. Despite former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Walter F. George winning the seat in a special election, George allowed Felton to be sworn in and serve one day before he officially took office, making her the shortest-serving senator in U.S. history. At 87 years old, 9 months and 22 days, she was also the oldest freshman senator to enter the Senate.

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