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Good News in History, November 21

This daily column features all the good news, anniversaries and birthdays from this day in history—November 21.

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On This Day in History

Good News in History, November 21

On this day 35 years ago, Michael Jackson’s Thriller video premiered in Los Angeles. He wanted John Landis as his director (Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places) after seeing “An American Werewolf in London”. The video, filmed around Los Angeles, contains a spoken word performance by horror film star Vincent Price. The resulting 14-minute film revolutionized the music video industry forever. On the set watching at various times were Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Rock Hudson, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The red jacket, designed by Landis’s wife, fetched $1.8 million at a 2011 auction from Texan gold trader Milton Verrett. WATCH the Making of Thriller.... (1983)