TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

To­day is Sun­day, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2019. There are 58 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On Nov. 3, 1964, Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son soundly de­feated Repub­li­can Barry Gold­wa­ter to win a White House term in his own right. On this date: In 1839, the first Opium War be­tween China and Bri­tain broke out.

In 1911, the Chevro­let Mo­tor Car Co. was founded in Detroit by Louis Chevro­let and Wil­liam C. Du­rant. (The com­pany was ac­quired by Gen­eral Mo­tors in 1918.)

In 1936, Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt won a land­slide elec­tion vic­tory over Repub­li­can chal­lenger Al­fred “Alf” Lan­don.

In 1957, the So­viet Union launched Sput­nik 2, the sec­ond man­made satel­lite, into or­bit; on board was a dog named Laika (LY’-kah), who was sac­ri­ficed in the ex­per­i­ment.

In 1970, Sal­vador Al­lende (ah-YEN’-day) was in­au­gu­rated as pres­i­dent of Chile.

In 1979, five Com­mu­nist Work­ers Party mem­bers were killed in a clash with heav­ily armed Ku Klux Klans­men and neo-Nazis dur­ing an anti-Klan protest in Greens­boro, North Carolina.

In 1986, the Iran-Con­tra af­fair came to light as Ash-Shi­raa, a pro-Syr­ian Le­banese mag­a­zine, first broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran.

In 1992, Demo­crat Bill Clin­ton was elected the 42nd pres­i­dent of the United States, de­feat­ing Pres­i­dent George H.W. Bush. In Illi­nois, Demo­crat Carol Mose­ley-Braun be­came the first black woman elected to the U.S. Se­nate.

In 1994, Su­san Smith of Union, South Carolina, was ar­rested for drown­ing her two young sons, Michael and Alex, nine days af­ter claim­ing the chil­dren had been ab­ducted by a black car­jacker.

In 1995, Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton ded­i­cated a me­mo­rial at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery to the 270 vic­tims of the bomb­ing of Pan Am Flight 103.

In 1997, the Supreme Court let stand Cal­i­for­nia’s ground­break­ing Propo­si­tion 209, which banned race and gen­der pref­er­ence in hir­ing and school ad­mis­sions.

In 2017, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked away from his post in Afghanista­n and trig­gered a search that left some of his com­rades se­verely wounded, was spared a pri­son sen­tence by a mil­i­tary judge in North Carolina; Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump blasted the de­ci­sion as a “com­plete and to­tal dis­grace.”

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