On this day: November 21

POSTED: 12:35 AM PST Nov 20, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 20, 2015 

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 - Dallas
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1980: An estimated 83 million viewers tune in to find out "who shot J.R." on the prime-time soap opera "Dallas." The character J.R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman (pictured), had been shot in a season-ending murder attempt in the March 21, 1980, "A House Divided" episode. Viewers had to wait all summer to find out if J.R. would survive and who shot him in an episode titled "Who Done It?" It's revealed that Kristin Shepard, J.R.'s mistress, played by Mary Crosby, was the character that fired the gun. "Who Done It?" was, at the time, the highest rated television episode in U.S. history.


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