Today in History: November 2

Today in History: November 2

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1570

A tidal wave in the North Sea destroys the sea walls from Holland to Jutland. More than 1,000 people are killed.

1772

The first Committees of Correspondence are formed in Massachusetts under Samuel Adams.

1789

The property of the church in France is taken away by the state.

1841

The second Afghan War begins.

1869

Sheriff Wild Bill Hickok loses his re-election bid in Ellis County, Kan.

1880

James A. Garfield is elected the 20th president of the United States.

1882

Newly elected John Poe replaces Pat Garrett as sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory.

1889

North Dakota is made the 39th state.

1889

South Dakota is made the 40th state.

1892

Lawmen surround outlaws Ned Christie and Arch Wolf near Tahlequah, Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). It will take dynamite and a cannon to dislodge the two from their cabin.

1903

London's Daily Mirror newspaper is first published.

1914

Russia declares war with Turkey.

1920

The first radio broadcast in the United States is made from Pittsburgh.

1920

Charlotte Woodward, who signed the 1848 Seneca Falls Declaration calling for female voting rights, casts her ballot in a presidential election.

1921

Margaret Sanger and Mary Ware Dennett form the American Birth Control League.

1923

U.S. Navy aviator H.J. Brown sets new world speed record of 259 mph in a Curtiss racer.

1926

Air Commerce Act is passed, providing federal aid for airlines and airports.

1936

The first high-definition public television transmissions begin from Alexandra Palace in north London by the BBC.

1942

Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrives in Gibraltar to set up an American command post for the invasion of North Africa.

1943

The Battle of Empress Augusta Bay in Bougainville ends in U.S. Navy victory over Japan.

1947

Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose flies for the first and last time.

1948

Harry S Truman is elected the 33rd president of the United States.

1959

Charles Van Doren confesses that the TV quiz show 21 is fixed and that he had been given the answers to the questions asked him.

1960

A British jury determines that Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence is not obscene.

1963

South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated.

1976

Jimmy (James Earl) Carter elected the 39th president of the United States.

1983

President Ronald Reagan signs a bill establishing Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

1984

Serial killer Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the US since 1962.

2000

First resident crew arrives at the International Space Station.