TODAY IN HISTORY
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.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term of office.
Republican Charles Evans Hughes was elected governor of New York, defeating newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.
British official Lord Moyne was assassinated in Cairo by members of the Zionist Stern Gang.
President Ronald Reagan won re-election by a landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Democratic challenger.