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To­day’s high­light:

On Nov. 6, 1977, 39 peo­ple were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam in Ge­or­gia burst, send­ing a wall of wa­ter through Toc­coa Falls Col­lege.

On this date:

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.

1861: Con­fed­er­ate Pres­i­dent Jef­fer­son Davis was elected to a six-year term of of­fice.

1893: com­poser Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Peters­burg, Rus­sia, at age 53.

1906: Repub­li­can Charles Evans Hughes was elected gover­nor of New York, de­feat­ing news­pa­per pub­lisher William Ran­dolph Hearst.

1956: Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower won re-elec­tion, de­feat­ing Demo­crat Ad­lai E.


1962: Demo­crat Ed­ward M. Kennedy was elected Se­na­tor from Mas­sachusetts.

1984: Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan won re-elec­tion by a land­slide over for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Wal­ter Mon­dale, the Demo­cratic chal­lenger.

1986: For­mer Navy ra­dioman John A. Walker Jr., the ad­mit­ted head of a fam­ily spy ring, was sen­tenced in Bal­ti­more to life im­pris­on­ment. Walker died in prison in 2014 at age 77.

1990: About one-fifth of the Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios back­lot in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia was de­stroyed in an ar­son fire.

1995: Fu­neral ser­vices were held in Jerusalem for as­sas­si­nated Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Yitzhak Rabin.

1997: For­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush opened his pres­i­den­tial li­brary at Texas A&M Univer­sity; among the guests of honor was Pres­i­dent Clin­ton, the man who’d sent him into re­tire­ment.

2001: Bil­lion­aire Repub­li­can Michael Bloomberg won New

York City’s may­oral race, de­feat­ing Demo­crat Mark Green.

Ten years ago: Pres­i­dent-elect Barack Obama spoke by phone with nine world lead­ers and met pri­vately at the FBI of­fice in Chicago with U.S. in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials, pre­par­ing to be­come com­man­der in chief.

Five years ago: Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tary

Kath­leen Se­be­lius, tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee on the na­tion’s health care law, was blis­tered by Repub­li­cans who bluntly chal­lenged her hon­esty, pushed for her res­ig­na­tion and de­manded un­suc­cess­fully that she con­cede Pres­i­dent Barack Obama had de­lib­er­ately mis­led the pub­lic about his sig­na­ture do­mes­tic pro­gram. At the Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion Awards, Mi­randa Lam­bert won her fourth straight fe­male vo­cal­ist of the year award while her hus­band, Blake

Shelton, won al­bum of the year and male vo­cal­ist — a cat­e­gory he also won for the fourth year in a row.

One year ago: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump told re­porters in Tokyo that North Korea was “a threat to the civ­i­lized world.” The Tele­vi­sion Acad­emy be­came the lat­est movie or TV or­ga­ni­za­tion to ex­pel Har­vey We­in­stein. For­mer Demo­cratic con­gress­man

An­thony Weiner re­ported to prison in Mas­sachusetts to be­gin a 21-month sen­tence for sex­ting with a 15-year-old girl. The Air Force ac­knowl­edged that it had failed to re­port to the FBI that

Devin Pa­trick Kelley, the gun­man who killed more than two dozen peo­ple at a Texas church, had been con­victed of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence at an Air Force court-mar­tial in 2012.

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