Wednesday, November 02, 2016
History for November 2 - On-This-Day.com:
Daniel Boone 1734, James Knox Polk (U.S.) 1795, Warren G. Harding (U.S.) 1865
Burt Lancaster 1913, Patrick J. Buchanan 1938, David Stockton 1941
1783 - U.S. Gen. George Washington gave his "Farewell Address to the Army" near Princeton, NJ.
1920 - The first commercial radio station in the U.S., KDKA of Pittsburgh, PA, began regular broadcasting.
1921 - Margaret Sanger's National Birth Control League combined with Mary Ware Denetts Voluntary Parenthood League to form the American Birth Control League.
1947 - Howard Hughes flew his "Spruce Goose," a huge wooden airplane, for eight minutes in California. It was the plane's first and only flight. The "Spruce Goose," nicknamed because of the white-gray color of the spruce used to build it, never went into production.
1948 - Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey for the U.S. presidency. The Chicago Tribune published an early edition that had the headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." The Truman victory surprised many polls and newspapers. (Illinois>
1963 - South Vietnamese President Ngo Dihn Diem was assassinated in a military coup.
1983 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
1993 - The U.S. Senate called for full disclosure of Senator Bob Packwood's diaries in a sexual harassment probe.