Monday, November 3, 2014

Today in History: Monday, November 03, 2014


AP Highlight in History: 
On Nov. 3, 1868, Republican Ulysses S. Grant won the presidential election over Democrat Horatio Seymour.
 
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On this date in:
1839The first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.
1903Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.
1908Republican William Howard Taft was elected president, outpolling William Jennings Bryan.
1911The Chevrolet Motor Car Co. was founded in Detroit by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant.
1936President Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected in a landslide over Republican Alfred M. "Alf" Landon.
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1957The Soviet Union launched into orbit Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite; a dog on board named Laika was sacrificed in the experiment.
1964President Lyndon B. Johnson soundly defeated Republican challenger Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right.
1970Salvador Allende was inaugurated as president of Chile.
1986A Lebanese magazine broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran, a revelation that escalated into the Iran-Contra affair.
Audio LinkPresident Ronald Reagan denies trading arms for hostages
1992Democrat Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President George H.W. Bush.
1992Illinois Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
1994Susan Smith of Union, S.C., was arrested for drowning her two young sons, nine days after claiming the children had been abducted by a black man. (Smith is serving life in prison.)
2004Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of Afghanistan's first-ever presidential election.
2005Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, pleaded not guilty to a five-count felony indictment in the CIA leak case. (Libby was convicted, but President George W. Bush commuted his 30-month prison sentence.)
2009Maine residents narrowly voted down a same-sex marriage law.
2010The Federal Reserve announced a plan to buy $600 billion in Treasury bonds over the next eight months in an attempt to boost lending and stimulate economy.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Fashion editor Anna Wintour turns 65 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Lois SmithActress84
Ken BerryActor, dancer81
Michael DukakisFormer governor of Massachusetts81
Roy EmersonTennis Hall of Famer78
Shadoe StevensActor68
LuluSinger, actress ("To Sir, With Love")66
Roseanne BarrActress, comedian ("Roseanne")62
Kathy KinneyActress ("The Drew Carey Show")61
Dennis MillerComedian ("Saturday Night Live")61
Adam AntRock singer60
Dolph LundgrenActor57
Evgeni PlushenkoFigure skater32
Actress Kate Capshaw turns 61 years old today.
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