TODAY IN HISTORY
Nov. 12, 1936
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in Washington, D.C., giving the green light to traffic.
ALSO ON THIS DATE 1927
Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
The Walt Disney movie “Song of the South,” controversial for its treatment of the film’s black characters, had its world premiere in Atlanta.
News of the My Lai Massacre in South Vietnam in March 1968 was broken by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh.
American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 headed to the Dominican Republic, crashed after takeoff from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 people on board and five people on the ground.