Today in History….November 6

On this day in . . .

• 1869, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers University defeats Princeton University, 6-4, in the first official intercollegiate American football game

• 1888, Benjamin Harrison won the presidential election, defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland with enough electoral votes, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote

• 1918, the Second Polish Republic is proclaimed in Poland

• 1935, before the New York section of the Institute of Radio Engineers, Edwin Armstrong presents his paper “A Method of Reducing Disturbances in Radio Signaling by a System of Frequency Modulation,” i.e. FM radio.

• 1941, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin addresses the Soviet Union for only the second time during his three-decade rule. He states that even though 350,000 troops were killed in German attacks so far, that the Germans have lost 4.5 million soldiers (a wild exaggeration) and that Soviet victory was near

• 1943, Russia recaptures Kiev. Before withdrawing, Germans destroy most of the city’s ancient buildings

• 1944, Plutonium is first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility, subsequently used in the Fat Man Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan

• 1963, following the November 1 coup and execution of President Ngo Dinh Diem, coup leader General Duong Van Minh takes over leadership of South Vietnam

• 1965, Cuba and the United States formally agree to start an airlift for Cubans who want to go to the United States. By 1971, 250,000 Cubans will take advantage of this program

• 1971, the United States Atomic Energy Commission tests the largest U.S. underground hydrogen bomb, code-named Cannikin, on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians

• 1975, the Green March begins as 300,000 unarmed Moroccans converge on the southern city of Tarfaya and wait for a signal from King Hassan II of Morocco to cross into Western Sahara

• 1985, in Colombia, leftist guerrillas of the April 19 Movement seize control of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá, eventually killing 115 people, 11 of them Supreme Court justices

• 1997, the Clinton administration warned Iraq it could face military action or economic sanctions if it continued to bar U.N. weapons inspection

• 1998, two suicide bombers, practitioners of that “religion of peace”, blew themselves up but ONLY managed to injure a couple of dozen bystanders in crowded open-air market in Jerusalem

• 2003, the U.S. Mint unveiled the new nickel

• 2004, the designers of SpaceShipOne, the first privately manned rocket to burst into space, were handed a $10 million check and the Ansari X Prize trophy

• 2006, Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death. He was sentenced to die December 30th of the same year

• 2007, military officials said the deaths of six U.S. soldiers in Iraq made this the deadliest year of the conflict for American forces. The death toll stood at 851, two more than the record set in 2004

• 2009, U.S. unemployment rate reached 10.2 percent in October, the highest rate in 26 years

• 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney to win a second term. The official election results showed Obama topped Romney 51.1 percent to 47.2 percent in the popular vote and 332-206 in the electoral vote. Federal finance reports showed campaign expenditures broke the $2 billion mark, making the election the most expensive in U.S. history


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