Today in History: November 8

Today in History: November 8

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Theodosius of Rome passes legislation prohibiting all pagan worship in the empire.

1226

Louis IX succeeds Louis VIII as king of France.

1576

The 17 provinces of the Netherlands form a federation to maintain peace.

1620

The King of Bohemia is defeated at the Battle of Prague.

1685

Fredrick William of Brandenburg issues the Edict of Potsdam, offering Huguenots refuge.

1793

The Louvre opens in Paris. But wasn't it already a Palace and it merely opens to the people?

1861

Charles Wilkes seizes Confederate commissioners John Slidell and James M. Mason from the British ship Trent.

1864

President Abraham Lincoln is re-elected in the first wartime election in the United States.

1887

Doc Holliday, who fought on the side of the Earp brothers during the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 6 years earlier, dies of tuberculosis in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

1889

Montana becomes the 41st state of the Union.

1900

Theodore Dresier's first novel Sister Carrie is published by Doubleday, but is recalled from stores shortly due to public sentiment.

1904

President Theodore Roosevelt is elected president of the United States. He had been vice president until the shooting death of President William McKinley.

1910

The Democrats prevail in congressional elections for the first time since 1894.

1923

Adolf Hitler attempts a coup in Munich, the "Beer Hall Putsch," and proclaims himself chancellor and Ludendorff dictator. .

1932

Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected 32nd president of the United States.

1938

Crystla Bird Fauset of Pennsylvania, becomes the first African-American woman to be elected to a state legislature.

1942

The United States and Great Britain invade Axis-occupied North Africa.

1960

John F. Kennedy is elected 35th president, defeating Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the closest election, by popular vote, since 1880.

1965

Vietnam War, Operation Hump: US 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team ambushed by over 1,200 Viet Cong in Bien Hoa Province. Nearby, in the Gang Toi Hills, a company of the Royal Australian Regiment also engaged Viet Cong forces.

1966

Republican Edward Brooke of Massachusetts becomes the first African American elected to the Senate in 85 years.

1977

Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos discovers what is believed to be the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina in northern Greece.

1983

Wilson B. Goode is elected as the first black mayor of the city of Philadelphia.

1987

A dozen people are killed and over 60 wounded when the IRA detonates a bomb during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, honoring those who had died in wars involving British forces.

2000

Dispute begins over US presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore; Supreme Court ruling on Dec. 12 results in a 271-266 electoral victory for Bush.

2004

More than 10,000 US troops and a few Iraqi army units besiege an insurgent stronghold at Fallujah.

2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, slams into the Philippines, with sustained winds of 195 mpg (315 kph) and gusts up to 235 mph (380 kph); over 5,000 are killed (date is Nov 7 in US).