There are 55 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
- On Nov. 6, 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency: John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas.
On this date:
- In 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term of office.
- In 1888, Benjamin Harrison won the presidential election, defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland with enough electoral votes, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.
- In 1893, composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg, Russia, at age 53.
- In 1900, President McKinley was re-elected, beating Democrat William Jennings Bryan.
- In 1906, Republican Charles Evans Hughes was elected governor of New York, defeating newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.
- In 1928, in a first, the results of Herbert Hoover's election victory over Democrat Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an electric wraparound sign on the New York Times building.
- In 1944, British official Lord Moyne was assassinated in Cairo, Egypt, by members of the Zionist Stern gang.
- In 1956, President Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.
- In 1976, Benjamin L. Hooks was chosen to be the new executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, succeeding Roy Wilkins.
- In 1977, 39 people were killed when an earthen dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.
Ten years ago:
- Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., announced he would not run for re-election in 2000.
- Two suicide bombers were killed when they set off blasts in a crowded open-air market in Jerusalem, injuring a couple of dozen bystanders.
Five years ago:
- President Bush signed an $87.5 billion package approved by Congress for Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Federal judges in New York and California blocked a new ban on certain late-term abortions, a day after President Bush signed it into law.
- The U.S. Mint unveiled the new nickel.
One year ago:
- 2007 became the deadliest year for U.S. troops in Iraq, with at least 853 military deaths.
- Six lawmakers were killed by a suicide bomber in northern Afghanistan during a visit to a sugar factory; 61 students also died as a result of the bombing and shots fired by guards.
- Country singer Hank Thompson died in Keller, Texas, at age 82.
- George Osmond, father of Donny and Marie Osmond and patriarch to the family's singing group The Osmond Brothers, died in Provo, Utah, at age 90.
- Director Mike Nichols is 77.
- Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 76.
- Singer Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five) is 71.
- Singer P.J. Proby is 70.
- Country singer Guy Clark is 67.
- Actress Sally Field is 62.
- Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles) is 60.
- Singer Rory Block is 59.
- Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 59.
- TV host Catherine Crier is 54.
- California's first lady, broadcast journalist Maria Shriver, is 53.
- Actress Lori Singer is 51.
- Actor Lance Kerwin is 48.
- Rock musician Paul Brindley (The Sundays) is 45.
- Rock singer Corey Glover is 44.
- Actor Peter DeLuise is 42.
- Actress Kelly Rutherford is 40.
- Actor Ethan Hawke is 38.
- Actress Thandie Newton is 36.
- Model-actress Rebecca Romijn is 36.
- Actress Zoe McLellan is 34.
- Actress Nicole Dubuc is 30.
- Actress Mercedes Kastner is 19.
Thought for Today:
"No one is so eager to gain new experience as he who doesn't know how to make use of the old ones."
Marie Ebner von Eschenbach, Austrian writer (1830-1916).
"Let's all be careful out there!"