Today In History….November 8

On this day in . . .

  1793, in Paris, the French Revolutionary government opens the Louvre to the public as a museum 

  1861, the USS San Jacinto stops the British mailship Trent and arrests two Confederate envoys, James Mason and John Slidell. The incident turned into a major diplomatic crisis between Great Britain and the United States until the diplomats were released nearly two months later

  1895, while experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray

  1917, one day after an armed uprising led by his radical socialist Bolsheviks toppled the provisional Russian government, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin rises before the newly formed All-Russian Congress of Soviets to call for an immediate armistice with the Central Powers in World War I

  1923, the Beer Hall Putsch: In Munich, Adolf Hitler, ym”sh, leads the Nazis in an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the German government

  1937, the Nazi exhibition Der ewige Jude (“The Eternal Jew”) opens in Munich. The anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda film posed as a documentary. One of the shots early in the film shows a pack of rats emerging from a sewer, juxtaposed with a crowd of Jews in a bustling street of a Polish city. Close-ups of individuals show sickly, malformed facial features. The narration says that, as rats are the vermin of the animal kingdom, Jews are the vermin of the human race and similarly spread disease and corruption. Unlike rats, however, the narrator continues, Jews have the uncanny ability to change their appearance and blend into their “human hosts.” A scene depicts four bearded men in traditional religious Jewish clothing, then shows them shaved and in modern business suits, while the narrator explains that only a “trained eye” can distinguish their Jewish features. The film ends with Hitler, ym”sh, (in a January 1939 public speech) explaining the problems of the Jewry in Europe and says: “If the international finance-Jewry inside and outside Europe should succeed in plunging the nations into a world war yet again, then the outcome will not be the victory of Jewry, but rather the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe!”

  1939, in Munich, Adolf Hitler, ym”sh, narrowly escapes the assassination attempt of Georg Elser while celebrating the 16th anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch

  1942, during World War II: French resistance coup in Algiers, in which 400 civilian French patriots neutralize Vichyist XIXth Army Corps after 15 hours of fighting, and arrest several Vichyst generals, allowing the immediate success of Operation Torch in Algiers

  1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law an antitrust exemption allowing the National Football League to merge with the upstart American Football League

  1973, the right ear of John Paul Getty III is delivered to a newspaper together with a ransom note, convincing his father to pay $2.9 million

  1980, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. announced that the U.S. space probe Voyager 1 had discovered a 15th moon orbiting the planet Saturn

  1994, in a stunning upset, Republican candidates swept the general election, regaining control of both chambers of the U.S. Congress. It marked the first time in 40 years the Republicans controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate

  2000, a statewide recount began in Florida, which emerged as critical in deciding the winner of the 2000 presidential election. Earlier that day, Vice President Al Gore had telephoned Texas Gov. George W. Bush to concede, but called back about an hour later to retract his concession. ALSO: Waco special counsel John C. Danforth released his final report absolving the government of wrongdoing in the 1993 siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Texas

  2002 ,the United Nations Security Council unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face “serious consequences” 

  2004, more than 10,000 U.S. troops and a small number of Iraqi army units participate in a siege on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.

  2010, U.S. President Barack Obama announced his support of India for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council

  2012, Wall Street saw stocks fall sharply for a second straight day as investors worried about the potential for gridlock in Washington. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 121 points, a day after plunging 313 points. ALSO: The Congressional Budget Office warned that failing to avoid the “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and spending could send the economy back into recession and push the unemployment rate up to 9.1 percent

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