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This Day in History – November 3, 2011

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1394 Jews are expelled from France by Charles VI 1493 Christopher Columbus first sights the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea. 1620 Great Patent granted to Plymouth Colony 1679 Great panic occurs in Europe over the close approach of a comet 1762 Spain acquires Louisiana 1783 Washington orders the Continental Army disbanded 1868 1st black elected to Congress (John W Menard, Louisiana) 1868 Ulysses Grant (R) wins presidential election over Horatio Seymour (D) 1883 American Old West: Self-described “Black Bart the poet” gets away with his last stagecoach robbery, but leaves a clue that eventually leads to his capture. 1888 Jack the Ripper kills last victim 1896 William McKinley (R) defeats William Jennings Bryan (D) for President 1900 1st national automobile show opens at Madison Square Garden (NYC) 1903 Colombia grants Panama independence 1908 William Howard Taft (R) elected 27th President over William Jennings Bryan 1911 Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T. 1913 The United States introduces an income tax. 1917 1st class mail now costs $0.03 1930 Bank of Italy becomes Bank of America 1931 1st commercially produced synthetic rubber manufactured 1936 President FDR wins landslide victory over Alfred M Landon (R) 1943 World War II: 500 aircraft of the U.S. 8th Air Force devastate Wilhelmshafen harbor in Germany. 1952 Clarence Birdseye markets frozen peas 1953 “Sacrifice fly” reactivated in baseball (1939) 1953 1st live color coast-to-coast telecast (NYC) 1955 1st virus crystallized (announced) 1955 Alabama woman bruised by a meteor 1956 “Wizard of Oz” 1st televised (CBS-TV) 1957 USSR launches Sputnik 2 with a dog (Laika), 1st animal in orbit 1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA San Francisco Warriors scores 72 points vs Los Angeles Lakers 1964 Washington D.C. residents are able to vote in a presidential election for the first time. 1964 LBJ (D) soundly defeats Barry Goldwater (R) for President 1969 Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon addresses the nation on television and radio, asking the “silent majority” to join him in solidarity on the Vietnam War effort and to support his policies. 1973 Good Morning America premiers on ABC (David Hartman & Nancy Dussault) 1973 Mariner 10 launched-1st Venus pics, 1st mission to Mercury 1979 5 mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in NC 1979 63 Americans taken hostage at US Embassy (Teheran, Iran) 1982 Detroit blocks 20 Cleveland Cavalier shots tying NBA regulation game record 1983 Jesse Jackson launches his 1st campaign for Presidency (D) 1986 The Federated States of Micronesia gain independence from the United States 1986 Lebanese magazine Ash Shirra reveals secret US arms sales to Iran 1988 Reagan signs credit-card disclosure-bill 1988 Soviet Union agrees to allow teaching of Hebrew 1988 Talk-show host Geraldo Rivera’s nose is broken as Roy Innis brawls with skinheads at TV taping 1989 Minnesota Timberwolves’ 1st NBA game, lose to Seattle, 106-94 1992 Bill Clinton elected US President]]]]> ]]>

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