Today in History for November 21st

Highlights of this day in history: Thomas Edison says he's invented the phonograph; Gap revealed on Nixon White House tape; Final victim dies in America's anthrax scare; Jonathan Pollard arrested; 'Anything Goes' opens on Broadway. (Nov. 21)

Video Transcript


SHIRLEY SMITH: November 21, 1877, inventor Thomas Edison announces the invention of the phonograph after testing the device by reciting a nursery rhyme.

THOMAS EDISON: Mary had a little lamb, it's fleece as white as snow, and everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.



SHIRLEY SMITH: President Richard Nixon's attorney reveals a White House tape recording related to the Watergate scandal, contains an 18 and 1/2 minute gap. Experts who later studied the damaged tape find evidence of several deliberate erasures. Nixon resigns from office the following year.

2001, in a case that baffles investigators, Ottilie Lundgren, a 94-year-old woman in Connecticut dies of inhalation anthrax. She is the fifth and final victim of the anthrax scare that shook the nation following the September 11 attacks.

1985, Jonathan Pollard, a former US Navy intelligence analyst, is arrested accused of spying for Israel. Pollard later pleads guilty and is sentenced to life in prison.

ETHEL MERMAN (SINGING): You're Mahatma Gandhi--


ETHEL MERMAN (SINGING): You're the cop, you're Napoleon brandy--

SHIRLEY SMITH: In New York, the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes," starring Ethel Merman opens on Broadway. Today in history, November 21, Shirley Smith, the Associated Press.