TODAY IN HISTORY
Nov. 12, 1942
The World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began.
ALSO ON THIS DATE
Severe flooding struck Dublin, Ireland, as the River Liffey rose.
Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen, the first provisional president of the Republic of China, was born.
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.