Today in History: November 3

Today in History: November 3

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1493

Christopher Columbus arrives at the Caribbee Isles (Dominica) during his second expedition.

1507

Leonardo da Vinci is commissioned to paint Lisa Gherardini ("Mona Lisa").

1529

The first Parliament for five years opens in England and the Commons put forward bills against abuses amongst the clergy and in the church courts.

1794

Thomas Paine is released from a Parisian jail with help from the American ambassador James Monroe. He was arrested for having offended the Robespierre faction.

1813

American troops destroy the Indian village of Tallushatchee in the Mississippi Valley.

1868

Ulysses S. Grant elected the 18th president of the United States.

1883

A poorly trained Egyptian army, led by British General William Hicks, marches toward El Obeid in the Sudan—straight into a Mahdist ambush and massacre.

1883

The U.S. Supreme Court declares American Indians to be "dependent aliens."

1892

First automatic telephone exchange goes into operation in La Porte, Indiana.

1896

William McKinley is elected 25th president of the United States.

1903

Walker Evans, photographer best known for his Great Depression photos for the Farmers Security Administration (FSA).

1912

The first all-metal plane flies near Issy, France, piloted by Ponche and Prinard.

1918

The German fleet at Kiel mutinies. This is the first act leading to Germany's capitulation in World War I.

1920

Oodgeroo Noonuccal [Kath Walker], Australian Aboriginal poet.

1921

Milk drivers on strike dump thousands of gallons of milk onto New York City's streets to protest the drink's varying prices on the market.

1935

Left-wing groups in France form the Socialist and Republican Union.

1956

Gary Ross, film director, screenwriter (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit).

1957

The Soviet Union launches Sputnik II with the dog Laika, the first animal in space, aboard.

1964

Robert F. Kennedy, brother of the slain president John F. Kennedy, is elected as a senator from New York.

1964

For the first time, residents of Washington, D.C., are allowed to vote in the U.S. presidential election.

1964

Lyndon B. Johnson is elected the 36th president of the United States.

1967

The Battle of Dak To begins in Vietnam's Central Highlands; actually a series of engagements, the battle would continue through Nov. 22.

1969

U.S. President Richard Nixon, speaking on TV and radio, asks the "silent majority" of the American people to support his policies and the continuing war effort in Vietnam.

1973

NASA launches Mariner 10, the first probe to reach Mercury.

1979

Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis kill five and wound seven members of the Communist Workers Party during a "Death to the Klan" rally in Greensboro, NC; the incident becomes known as the Greensboro Massacre.

1986

The Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reports the U.S. has secretly been selling weapons to Iran in order to secure the release of seven American hostages being held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon, in what later became known as the Iran-Contra Affair.

1992

Arkansas Governor Bill (William Jefferson) Clinton is elected 42nd president of the United States.

1997

U.S. imposes economic sanctions against Sudan in response to human rights abuses and support of Islamic extremist groups.