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.


Louis IX succeeds Louis VIII as king of France.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Montana becomes the 41st state of the Union.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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).