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This Day In History: Nov. 7

This Day in History

1659: The Peace of the Pyrenees ends 24 years of warfare between France and Spain.
1811: In the Battle of Tippecanoe, William Henry Harrison defeats the Indians under the Prophet.
1837: American abolitionist Elijah Parish Lovejoy is shot and killed defending his printing presses against proslavery mobs in Alton, IL.
1916: Jeannette Rankin, from Montana, becomes the first woman ever elected to Congress.
1917: Bolshevik forces under Vladimir Lenin take power in Russia.
1944: Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected to a historic fourth term as president, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.
1967: The first black mayors of major U.S. cities are elected: Carl Stokes of Cleveland, OH, and Richard Hatcher of Gary, IN.
1972: Richard Nixon is reelected president, defeating George McGovern in a landslide.
1989: Douglas Wilder of Virginia is elected the nation's first black governor, and David Dinkins is elected New York City's first black mayor.
2000: For the first time in more than a century, the U.S. presidential election is undecided at the end of Election Day, with Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush awaiting the results from Florida, Oregon, and New Mexico.
2004: U.S. soldiers and marines, supported by Iraqi soldiers, launch a major ground offensive against insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq.

Today's Birthdays

1867: Marie Curie, chemist/physicist (Warsaw, Poland; died 1934)
1879: Leon Trotsky, Marxist theorist, revolutionary, and Soviet leader (Kherson Province, Ukraine; died 1940)
1903: Dean Jagger, actor (Columbus Grove, OH; died 1991)
1913: Albert Camus, writer/philosopher (Mondavi, Algeria; died 1960)
1918: Billy Graham, evangelist (Charlotte, NC)
1922: Al Hirt, jazz musician (New Orleans, LA; died 1999)
1926: Joan Sutherland, opera singer (Sydney, Australia)
1929: Eric Richard Kandel, neuroscientist and Nobel laureate (Vienna, Austria)
1938: Barry Newman, actor (Boston, MA)
1943: Joni Mitchell, singer/songwriter (McLeod, Alberta, Canada)
1964: Dana Plato, actress (Maywood, CA; died 1999)
1973: Priest Holmes, football player (Fort Smith, AR)

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