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Today in History: Sunday, November 21, 2021

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Television:
One of the most controversial episodes of any sitcom historically was Maude Findlay’s (Bea Arthur) decision to have an abortion on Norman Lear’s “Maude,which aired in 1972. Approximately 30 stations across the country refused to air the episode…After months of speculation, Kristin (Mary Crosby) was revealed as the person who shot J.R. (Larry Hagman) on CBS’ “Dallas” in 1980. An estimated 83 million people tuned in, which was more than the number of voters in that year’s presidential election.

Movies:
Horror film “Frankenstein”, based on a stage adaptation of Mary Willstonecraft Shelley’s 1818 novel and starring Boris Karloff, opened in the United States in 1931.  It spawned a number of sequels and spin-offs, and has had a significant impact on popular culture…Theatrical “Rocky” opened in theaters in 1976. It won three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director (John G. Alildsen) and Best Film Editing. The film, made on a budget of just over $1.1 million, earned $225 million in global box office receipts, becoming the highest grossing films of the year. And it spawned seven film: “Rocky II” (1979), “Rocky III” (1982), “Rocky IV” (1985), “Rocky V” (1990), “Rocky Balboa” (2006), “Creed” (2015) and “Creed II” (2018).

Music:
The Supremes and The Temptations released single “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” in 1968…Rocky”, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone opened in New York in 1976. It won three Oscars: Best Picture, Director and Film Editing…Olivia Newton-John single “Physical” rose to No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1981 and stayed there for 10 weeks…“Kingdom Come”, the ninth studio album by Jay-Z was released in 2006…Pharrell Williams single “Happy” was released in 2013. It was named the Billboard Song of the Year and the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance.

Celebrity Birthdays:
Oscar winner Goldie Hawn is 76; actress Nicollette Sheridan (“Dynasty”) is 57; pop singer Bjork is 55; “Good Morning America’s” Michael Strahan is 49.

Did You Know?
Maude Findlay was not the first TV character to have an abortion. In 1964, a woman on NBC daytime drama “Another World” had what was referred to as an illegal operation.