Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Day 311 - This day in legal and military history

November 7

US General Election Day [first Tuesday after the first Monday of November]

NATIONAL Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

NATIONAL Hug a Bear Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1307 William Tell shoots an apple off his son's head

1665 The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is first published

1805 Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean

1874 The Republican Party was first symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon drawn by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly magazine

1916 President Woodrow Wilson is re-elected in a race is so close that all votes must be counted before an outcome can be determined.  Results are not known until November 11.

1940 The Tacoma Bridge in Washington State collapses

1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected to a fourth term by defeating Thomas Dewey

1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

1983 Bomb explodes in US Capitol, causing heavy damage but no injuries

2000 Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes the first First Lady (1993–2001) elected to public office in the US when she wins a US Senate seat

2000 Election Day in the US ends with the winner between presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore still undecided

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