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This Day in History for November 4

This Day In History1646 – Massachusetts uses death penalty for denying that Holy Bible is God’s word.

1845 – First nationally observed uniform election day in US.

1846 – Benjamin Parker patents artificial leg.

1862 – Dr. Richard Gatling patents Gatling machine gun in Indianapolis.

1879 – African American inventor Thomas Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus.

1908 – Brooklyn Academy of Music opens in NYC.

1924 – California legalizes professional boxing (illegal since 1914)

1929 – Richard E. Byrd, Laurence McKinley Gould and their polar expedition team begins a 2 1/2 month, 1500-mile dog-sledge journey into the Queen Maud Mountains. The first exploration of the interior of Antarctica.

1939 – First air conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, Illinois.

1948 – American humorist Will Rogers commemorated by US Postage Service on 3-cent stamp.

1951 – 9th Ryder Cup: US wins 9 1/2-2 1/2 at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, US.

1954 – “Fanny” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 888 performances.

1959 – Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins 2nd consecutive NL MVP.

1960 – “Misfits” premieres, final movie for Clark Gable & Marilyn Monroe.

1968 – “Wichita Lineman” 12th album by Glen Campbell is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1969).

1976 – 1st mass-market free-agent reentry draft, Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Don Gullett, Tenace, Fingers, Baylor, Grich & McCovey, available.

1980 – Ronald Reagan (R) defeats incumbent US President Jimmy Carer (D) by a landslide.

1993 – Elton John awarded $518,700 from Sunday Mirror for a false report on his diet.

2003 – Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy becomes the first person indicted under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He was eventually acquitted.

2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States of America.

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