TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT Nov. 12, 1942
The World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. (The Allies ended up winning a major victory over Japanese forces.)
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Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
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.
Space shuttle astronauts Dale Gardner and Joe Allen snared a wandering satellite in history’s first space salvage; the Palapa B2 satellite was secured in Discovery’s cargo bay for return to Earth.