TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Star Democrat - - OPINION -

To­day is Thurs­day, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2018. There are 53 days left in the year. To­day’s Highlight in His­tory:

On Nov. 8, 2016, Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump was elected Amer­ica’s 45th pres­i­dent, de­feat­ing Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton in an as­ton­ish­ing vic­tory for a celebrity busi­ness­man and po­lit­i­cal novice. Repub­li­cans kept their ma­jori­ties in the Se­nate and House.

On this date:

In 1892, for­mer Pres­i­dent Grover Cleve­land de­feated in­cum­bent Ben­jamin Harrison, be­com­ing the first (and, to date, only) chief ex­ec­u­tive to win non-con­sec­u­tive terms to the White House.

In 1923, Adolf Hitler launched his first at­tempt at seiz­ing power in Ger­many with a failed coup in Mu­nich that came to be known as the “Beer-Hall Putsch.”

In 1932, New York Demo­cratic Gov. Franklin D. Roo­sevelt de­feated in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Her­bert Hoover for the pres­i­dency.

In 1950, dur­ing the Korean War, the first jet-plane battle took place as U.S. Air Force Lt. Rus­sell J. Brown shot down a North Korean MiG-15.

In 1960, Mas­sachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy de­feated Vice Pres­i­dent Richard M. Nixon for the pres­i­dency.

In 1966, Ed­ward W. Brooke (RMass.) be­came the first black can­di­date to be elected to the U.S. Se­nate by pop­u­lar vote.

In 1972, the pre­mium ca­ble TV net­work HBO (Home Box Of­fice) made its de­but with a show­ing of the movie “Some­times a Great No­tion.”

In 1974, a fed­eral judge in Cleve­land dis­missed charges against eight Ohio Na­tional Guards­men ac­cused of vi­o­lat­ing the civil rights of stu­dents who were killed or wounded in the 1970 Kent State shoot­ings.

In 1987, 11 peo­ple were killed when an Ir­ish Repub­li­can Army bomb ex­ploded as crowds gath­ered in En­niskillen, North­ern Ire­land, for a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing Bri­tain’s war dead.

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