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This Day in History – November 4

This Day In History



1646 – Massachusetts uses death penalty for denying that Holy Bible is God’s word.


1841 – First wagon train arrives in California.


1845 – First nationally observed uniform election day in US.


1854 – Lighthouse built on Alcatraz Island.


1879 – African American inventor Thomas Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus.


1904 – First stadium build specifically for football (Harvard University).


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


1949 – “One Man’s Family” premieres on TV.


1951 – 9th Ryder Cup: US wins 9 1/2 – 21/2 at Pinehurst Resort (Pinehurst, NC, US).


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


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


1968 – WRDU TV channel 28 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (NBC) 1st broadcast.


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


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


1981 – Dr. George Nichopoulas is acquitted of overprescribing addictive drugs for Elvis Presley.


1987 – NBA announces 4 new franchises; Charlotte & Miami for 1988 & Minneapolis & Orlando for 1989.


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


2014 – The US votes in mid-term elections: Republicans retain the house and regain the Senate.

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