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This Day in History – November 4, 2011

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1429 – Joan of Arc liberates Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier. 1791 – The Western Confederacy of American Indians wins a major victory over the United States in the Battle of the Wabash. 1842 – Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill 1845 – 1st nationally observed uniform election day in US 1854 – Lighthouse established on Alcatraz Island 1861 – University of Washington founded in Seattle 1862 – Gatling gun patented (Richard J Gatling) 1873 – Dentist John Beers of San Francisco patents the gold crown 1879 – James & John Ritty patent 1st cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in their Dayton, Ohio saloon 1884 – Grover Cleveland (D) beats James G Blaine (R) for 1st presidential term 1904 – 1st stadium built specifically for football (Harvard Stadium) 1922 – Howard Carter discovers tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt 1924 – Nellie Tayloe Ross elected 1st US female gov (Wyoming) 1939 – 1st air conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, Ill 1939 – US allows “cash & carry” arms sales during WW II 1952 – Eisenhower (R) elected 34th President beating Adlai Stevenson (D) 1952 – US Government establishes the NSA (National Security Agency) 1962 – Test of Nike-Hercules air defense missile – the last atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States. 1973 – New Orleans Saints 1st shutout victory, 13-0 vs Buffalo Bills 1979 – Iran hostage crisis begins: a group of Iranians, mostly students, invades the US embassy in Tehran and takes 90 hostages (53 of whom are American). 1980 – Ronald Reagan (R) beats President Jimmy Carter (R) by a landslide 1994 – San Francisco: First conference that focuses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web. 1995 – Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by an extremist Orthodox Israeli. 2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first black to be elected President of the United States. 2008 – Proposition 8 passes in California, revoking state recognition of LGBT marriages.]]]]> ]]>

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