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This Day in History – November 2, 2011




1772 American Revolutionary War: Samuel Adams and Joseph Warren form the first Committee of Correspondence. 1783 In Rocky Hill, New Jersey, US General George Washington gives his “Farewell Address to the Army”. 1824 Popular presidential vote 1st recorded; Jackson beats J.Q. Adams 1835 2nd Seminole War begins in Osceola 1861 American Civil War: Western Department Union General John C. Fremont is relieved of command and replaced by David Hunter. 1868 Time zone: New Zealand officially adopts a standard time to be observed nationally 1879 In a 6-day footrace a Mr Weston loses to a horse, 900 to 885 km 1880 James A Garfield (R) elected President 1889 North Dakota becomes 39th & South Dakota becomes the 40th state 1895 The first gasoline-powered race in the United States. First prize: $2,000 1898 Cheerleading is started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team. 1915 1st US election by proportional representation, Ashtabula, Ohio 1917 1st US soldiers killed in combat in WW I 1920 In the United States, KDKA of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station. The first broadcast is the result of the U.S. presidential election. 1920 Warren G Harding elected President 1934 Babe Ruth tours Tokyo Japan 1936 1st high-definition TV broadcast service, by BBC in London 1938 Babe Ruth applies for the job of St Louis Browns’ manager 1947 Howard Hughes’ “Spruce Goose” flies for 1st (& last) time 1948 Truman beats Dewey, confounding pollsters & newspapers 1954 JS Thurmond 1st senator elected by write-in vote (SC) 1957 The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity. 1957 1st titanium mill opened, Toronto Ohio 1959 Quiz show scandals: Twenty One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admits to a Congressional committee that he had been given questions and answers in advance. 1960 Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the Lady Chatterley’s Lover case 1962 JFK announces Cuban missile bases were being dismantled 1964 CBS purchases NY Yankees 1965 Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, sets himself on fire in front of the river entrance to the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam war. 1966 The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the United States. 1967 Vietnam War: US President Lyndon B. Johnson and “The Wise Men” conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war. 1969 NFL record of 12 passing touchdowns, New Orleans Billy Kramer & St L Charlie Johnson pass for 6 touchdowns each 1976 Former Georgia Gov Jimmy Carter (D) defeats incumbent Gerald R Ford (R) in race for Presidency 1978 Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31 1983 President Reagan signs a bill establishing Martin L King day 1984 Capital punishment: Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States since 1962. 1988 Computer virus strikes Pentagon, SDI research lab & 6 universities 1988 Mexican radio station erroneously reports Mike Tyson dies in car crash 1991 Jermaine Jackson releases “Word to the Badd!!” anti Michael song 2000 The first resident crew to the ISS docked in November 2nd on the Soyuz TM-31.]]]]> ]]>

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