Posted: Nov 03, 2017 12:05 AM PDT
Updated: Nov 03, 2017 12:05 AM PDT
2014: One World Trade Center officially opens.
2002: Actor Jonathan Harris, best known for playing villain Dr. Zachary Smith of the 1960s science fiction television series "Lost in Space," dies of cardiovascular disease at age 87 in Encino, California.
1998: Bob Kane, the comic book artist and writer best known for creating "Batman" along with fellow comic book writer Bill Finger, dies at age 83 in Los Angeles, California.
1998: Minnesota elects Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former pro wrestler and actor, as its governor.
1995: Television personality and model Kendall Jenner, best known for appearing on the E! reality TV show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" along with her family members, is born in Los Angeles, California.
1992: Democratic candidate Bill Clinton beats incumbent President George H. W. Bush and independent candidate Ross Perot to be elected president. Clinton earned 370 electoral votes compared to Bush's 168. Perot earned 18.9 percent of the popular vote, but no electoral votes.
1992: Carol Moseley Braun becomes the first black female U.S. senator. Moseley Braun, who represented Illinois from 1993 to 1999, was also only the second black person elected to the Senate in the 20th century, following Massachusetts Republican Edward Brooke in 1966.
1986: The Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reports that the United States has been secretly selling weapons to Iran in order to secure the release of seven American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon. This was the first public reporting of what became known as the Iran-Contra affair.
1982: Figure skater Evgeni Plushenko, a four-time Olympic medalist and three-time world champion, is born in Dzhamku, Soviet Union. Plushenko's four Olympic medals (two golds and two silvers) ties Sweden's Gillis Grafström's record for most Olympic medals in figure skating.
1978: The sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" premieres.
1973: NASA launches the Mariner 10 toward Mercury. The last spacecraft in the Mariner program, it would become the first space probe to reach Mercury on March 29, 1974.
1964: Washington, D.C., residents are able to vote in a presidential election for the first time. The District of Columbia had been granted that right with the ratification of the 23rd Amendment in 1961.
1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson soundly defeats Republican challenger Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right. Johnson had assumed the presidency as President John F. Kennedy's vice president after Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
1957: Actor Dolph Lundgren, best known for movies such as "Rocky IV," "Masters of the Universe," "Universal Soldier" and "The Expendables," is born in Stockholm, Sweden.
1957: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2, the second spacecraft launched into Earth orbit and the first to carry a living animal, a dog named Laika. The dog survived in orbit for several hours before dying from overheating, giving scientists the first data on the behavior of a living organism in the space environment. Pictured is a model of Sputnik 2 on display in the Moscow Polytechnical Museum.
1955: Two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Phil Simms is born in Springfield, Kentucky. Simms played his entire 14-season NFL career playing for the New York Giants, leading the team to wins in Super Bowl XXI, where he won MVP honors, and Super Bowl XXV. Since retiring in 1993, he's gone on to a second career as a NFL broadcaster.
1954: The movie "Gojira" is released in Japan, marking the first appearance of the nuclear resurrected prehistoric monster that became known as Godzilla. "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!," a heavily re-edited "Americanized" version of the film was released in North America in 1956, featuring new footage including Raymond Burr, helping make Godzilla into an international hit.
1954: French artist Henri Matisse, one of the leading figures in modern art, dies of a heart attack at age 84 in Nice, France.
1953: Comedian and actor Dennis Miller, who first rose to fame in the 1980s on "Saturday Night Live," is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1952: Comedian and actress Roseanne Barr is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She became famous for starring in the sitcom "Roseanne" from 1988 to 1997, playing a blue collar, working mother in a takeoff of her stand-up comedy persona of a "fierce working-class domestic goddess," as she called it.
1949: Boxer Larry Holmes, frequently ranked as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, is born in Cuthbert, Georgia. Holmes was the WBC heavyweight champion from 1978 to 1983, The Ring heavyweight champion from 1980 to 1985, and the IBF heavyweight champion from 1983 to 1985. He made 20 successful title defenses, placing him third behind only Joe Louis' 25 and Wladimir Klitschko's 21. After winning his first 48 professional bouts, he lost to Michael Spinks in 1985, leaving him one short of matching Rocky Marciano's career record of 49-0. He first retired in 1986, but made repeated comebacks before retiring for good in 2002 with a career record of 69-6.
1948: Singer-songwriter and actress Lulu, best known for singing the title songs to the movies "To Sir with Love" and "The Man with the Golden Gun," is born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland.
1936: President Franklin D. Roosevelt is re-elected to a second term in a landslide over Republican Alf Landon. In terms of electoral votes, it was the most lopsided presidential election in the history of the United States, with Roosevelt earning 523 electoral votes to Landon's eight. Roosevelt captured 60.8 percent of the popular vote and carried 46 states while Landon won only Vermont and Maine.
1926: Sharpshooter and exhibition shooter Annie Oakley, whose starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show made her one of America's first female superstars, dies of pernicious anemia at the age of 66 in Greenville, Ohio.
1921: Actor Charles Bronson, best known for movies like "The Magnificent Seven," "The Great Escape," "The Dirty Dozen" and "Death Wish," is born in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania. He died of pneumonia at age 81 on Aug. 30, 2003.
1918: Elizabeth P. Hoisington, one of the first two women to attain the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army, is born in Newton, Kansas. Hoisington, who received the rank along with Anna Mae Hays in 1970, died at age 88 on Aug. 21, 2007.
1918: Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller is born in Van Meter, Iowa. Feller played 18 seasons in the major leagues for the Cleveland Indians, missing four years while serving in the Navy during World War II. The eight-time All-Star helped Cleveland to a World Series title in 1948 and pitched three no-hitters in his career. He won the pitching Triple Crown in 1940 and led the American League in wins six times and in strikeouts seven times. Feller retired in 1956 with a career record of 266-162 with an ERA of 3.25 and 2,581 strikeouts. He died at age 92 on Dec. 15, 2010.
1914: Mary Phelps Jacob receives a patent for her "Backless Brassiere," making her the first recipient of a patent for the modern bra. The heiress had come up with the design four years earlier at the age of 19, using ribbon and two pocket handkerchiefs.
1911: Swiss race car driver and automotive engineer Louis Chevrolet and ousted General Motors founder William C. Durant found the Chevrolet Motor Company in Detroit. The company would release its first production model with the 1913 Series C Classic Six. Pictured is the company's original logo. The now familiar "bowtie emblem" was introduced in 1913.
1908: Republican William Howard Taft is elected U.S. president, easily defeating Democrat William Jennings Bryan, who was running for the third time after being defeated in 1896 and 1900 by Republican William McKinley.
1906: "SOS" is adopted as the new Morse code international distress signal, replacing the call sign CQD, during the second international conference on wireless telegraphy in Berlin, Germany. SOS, which was easier to transmit, officially went into effect in July 1908 and was used for the first time on June 10, 1909, with the Cunard liner RMS Slavonia transmitting the signal after it wrecked off the Azores.
1900: The first-ever major auto show in the United States opens at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Admission to the week-long show, which was sponsored by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers and the Automobile Club of America, cost 50 cents per person.
1896: Martha Hughes Cannon is elected to the Utah State Senate, becoming the first female state senator elected in the United States.
1896: Republican candidate William McKinley defeats Democrat William Jennings Bryan to be elected the 25th U.S. president. McKinley captured 51 percent of the popular vote for 271 electoral votes as opposed to Bryan's 46.7 percent and 176 electoral votes.
1793: Stephen F. Austin, the businessman known as the Father of Texas, is born in southwestern Virginia. Austin led the successful colonization of the region in the 1820s by bringing 300 families from the United States to what was then a Mexican province. In the process he formed what would develop into the Texas Rangers. The capital city of Texas is named after him.
1783: The American Continental Army is disbanded in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War.