November 21

This Day in History

1953

Piltdown Man Exposed as Hoax

On this day in 1953, the British Museum published a scientific report invalidating perhaps the greatest paleontological hoax ever, the Piltdown Man. The story of Piltdown Man began some 50 years … (more...)

1941

Tax on Childlessness in USSR

"A preoccupation with the slow rate of population growth induced the Soviet Union to impose a tax on childless citizens on this day in 1941. The tax was originally titled the tax on '""bachelors, … (more...)

1783

Men Fly Over Paris

French inventor Jean François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent, the Marquis d' Arlandes, make the first manned hot-air balloon flight, traveling five miles over Paris in 25 minutes. Their cloth b … (more...)