Shimla, Nov 7. Keekli Bureau

This Day in History

2016

American lawyer and public official Janet Reno, who was the first female attorney general (1993–2001) of the United States, died at age 78.

2000

American politician Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first first lady to win elective office.

1996

NASA launched Mars Global Surveyor, a robotic spacecraft designed to carry out a long-term study of the planet; contact with the spacecraft was lost in 2006.

1991

American professional basketball player Magic Johnson announced that he was HIV-positive and was immediately retiring from the sport; he later played part of the 1995–96 season.

1989

American politician Douglas Wilder was elected governor of Virginia, becoming the first African American to win a U.S. gubernatorial election.

1980

American movie star Steve McQueen, known for his portrayal of macho loners in such films as The Great Escape (1963) and Bullitt (1968), died at age 50.

1967

American lawyer and politician Carl Stokes was elected mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the first African American to lead a major U.S. city.

1962

After losing the governor’s election in California, American politician Richard Nixon gave what he called his “last press conference,” telling reporters that “you won’t have Nixon to kick around any more”; he was elected president six years later.

1962

Eleanor Roosevelt—who was first lady of the United States and one of the world’s most widely admired and powerful women, known as a diplomat and a humanitarian—died in New York City at age 78.

1944

Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Thomas E. Dewey and was elected to an unprecedented fourth term as president of the United States.

1940

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge connecting the Olympic Peninsula with Tacoma, Washington, broke up in a wind of about 42 miles (67 km) per hour.

1917

The October Revolution (named after the dates of this event in the Julian calendar), the last phase of the Russian Revolution of 1917, ended as the Bolshevik Party seized power in Russia, inaugurating the Soviet regime.

1916

Jeannette Rankin won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first woman elected to Congress.

1913

French author Albert Camus, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 for such classic works as The Stranger (1942), was born.

1837

Abolitionist newspaper editor Elijah P. Lovejoy was murdered by a mob in Alton, Illinois, while defending his press building.

1811

In the Battle of Tippecanoe, a seasoned U.S. expeditionary force under Major General William Henry Harrison defeated Shawnee Indians led by Tecumseh’s brother Laulewasikau (Tenskwatawa), known as the Prophet.

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