TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT Nov. 6, 1860
Former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln of the Republican Party was elected President of the United States as he defeated John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas.
ALSO ON THIS DATE 1906
Republican Charles Evans Hughes was elected governor of New York, defeating newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.
President Ronald Reagan won reelection by a landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Democratic challenger.
About one-fifth of the Universal Studios backlot in southern California was destroyed in an arson fire.