November 7

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1874 – The Republican party was first symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in “Harper’s Weekly”.

1876 – Albert H. Hook received a patent for the cigarette manufacturing machine.

1893 – The state of Colorado granted its women the right to vote.

1910 – The first air freight shipment (from Dayton, OH to Columbus, OH) was undertaken by the Wright brothers and department store owner Max Moorehouse.

1913 – It was the first day of a multiple day storm surge and blizzard that came to be known as the deadliest storm in Great Lakes history. It was referred to by some as a freshwater hurricane with winds reaching hurricane force. Many ships were lost, damaged or grounded. The storm caused over $5 million in damages and 250 people lost their lives.

1916 – Woodrow Wilson was re-elected President of the United States.

1916 – Jeanette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

1940 – In Tacoma, WA, the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed in a windstorm, just four months after the bridge was completed.

1944 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first and only person elected President four times.

1963 – The all-star film comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” has its world premiere in Hollywood, CA.

1963 – Elston Howard, of the New York Yankees, became the first black player to be named the American League’s Most Valuable Player.

1965 – The “Pillsbury Dough Boy” debuted in television commercials.

1967 – Carl Stokes was elected the first black Mayor Cleveland, OH, becoming the first black mayor of a major city.

1967 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

1972 – Richard Nixon was re-elected President of the United States.

1973 – New Jersey became the first state to permit girls to play on Little League baseball teams.

1983 – A bomb exploded in the U.S. Capitol, causing $250,000 in damages. There were no injuries.

1989 – L. Douglas Wilder won the governor’s race in Virginia, becoming the first elected African-American state governor in U.S. history.

1989 – David Dinkins was elected and become New York City’s first African-American mayor.

1989 – Richard Ramirez, convicted of California’s “Night Stalker” killings, was sentenced to death.

1991 – Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS and that he was retiring from basketball.

1991 – Actor Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) pleaded no contest to charges of indecent exposure. He had been arrested in Sarasota, FL, for exposing himself in a theater.

1994 – WXYC, a student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provided the world’s first internet radio broadcast.

1996 – NASA launched the Mars Global Surveyor.

1997 – The movie “Starship Troopers” opened in theaters.

2000 – The Presidential Election ended in controversy. It was later resolved and George W. Bush won over Al Gore to become the 43rd President of the United States.

2000 – Hillary Rodham Clinton made history as the first President’s wife to win public office. The state of New York elected her to the U.S. Senate.

2001 – The new .biz domain extension was officially launched.

2001 – After a 16-month stoppage, the Concorde resumed flying commercially.

2003 – The movie “Elf”, starring Will Ferrell as “Buddy”, opened in theaters.

2006 – The game “Guitar Hero II” for Playstation 2 was released in North America.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Billy Graham 1918 – Evangelist

Barry Newman 1938 – Actor (“Vanishing Point”, TV’s “Petrocelli”)

Johnny Rivers 1942 – Singer (“Memphis”, “Mountain of Love”, “Secret Agent Man”)

Joni Mitchell 1943 – Singer, songwriter (“Help Me”, “Free Man in Paris”) 1997 inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

David Petraeus 1952 – U.S. Army General, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2011-2012)

Christopher Knight 1957 – Actor (Peter on TV’s “The Brady Bunch”)

Todd McKee 1963 – Actor (TV’s “Santa Barbara,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”)

Robin Finck 1971 – Guitarist (NIN, Guns N’ Roses)

Jason London 1972 – Actor (“Dazed and Confused”, “The Rage: Carrie 2”, “Spent”, TV’s “7th Heaven”)

Jeremy London 1972 – Actor (“The Babysitter”, “Mallrats”, TV’s “7th Heaven”, “Party of Five”, “I’ll Fly Away”)

Yunjin Kim 1973 – Actress (TV’s “Mistresses”, “Lost”)

Amy Purdy 1979 – Actress, snowboarder (TV’s “The Amazing Race”)

 

TODAY IS:

Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day

Hug A Bear Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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