Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Today in History: Wednesday, November 04, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On Nov. 4, 2008, Democrat Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States, defeating Republican John McCain.
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On this date in:
1842Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill.
1879Humorist Will Rogers was born in Oologah, Okla.
1880The first cash register was patented by James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio.
1922The entrance to King Tutankhamen's tomb was discovered in Egypt.
1924Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected the nation's first woman governor.
1939The United States modified its neutrality stance in World War II to allow "cash and carry" purchases of arms by belligerents, a policy favoring Britain and France.
1942During World War II, Axis forces retreated from El Alamein in North Africa in a major victory for British forces commanded by Lt. Gen. Bernard Montgomery.
1952Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson.
1955Baseball Hall of Famer Cy Young died at age 88.
1956Soviet troops moved in to crush a revolt in Hungary.
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1979The Iranian hostage crisis began as militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
1980Ronald Reagan won the White House, defeating President Jimmy Carter.
1995Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist after speaking at a peace rally in Tel Aviv.
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2001The first movie based on the best-selling "Harry Potter" books by J.K. Rowling has its world premiere in London.
2008California voters approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.
2010. Hall of Fame baseball manager Sparky Anderson died at age 76.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Matthew McConaughey turns 46 years old today.
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Doris RobertsActress ("Everybody Loves Raymond")85
Loretta SwitActress ("M.A.S.H.")78
Delbert McClintonBlues singer75
Laura BushFormer first lady69
Markie PostActress ("Night Court")65
Chris DiffordRock singer, musician (Squeeze)61
Ralph MacchioActor (The "Karate Kid" movies)54
Jeff ProbstTV personality ("Survivor")54
DiddyRapper, producer46
Bethenny FrankelTV personality45
Heather TomActress ("The Bold and the Beautiful")40
Comedian Kathy Griffin turns 55 years old today.
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