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By Tim ONeill
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Lincoln becomes first third-party president, Butch and Sundance die

This Week in History


Nov. 6: 1860—Lincoln becomes the first and only third-party candidate to be elected president. 1908—Robert Leroy Parker (Butch Cassidy) and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh (the Sundance Kid) are reportedly killed in a gun battle with Bolivian soldiers. 1960—In the Good Old Days, the average sale price for a new house is $12,700, gas goes for 25 cents gallon and the average price for a new car is $2,600. The drawback? The average annual income is about $5,300. 1991—Kuwait’s last burning oil well set fire by retreating Iraqis is extinguished. Born: Sally Field (1946). Died: Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky (1893). National Fig Week. Today’s Word: Tragematopolist—a seller of sweets and candies.

Nov. 7: 1876—Albert Hook of New York City receives the patent for the first U.S. cigarette manufacturing machine. 1940—A heavy wind storm causes the first Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge (nicknamed “Galloping Gertie”) to collapse. 1946—Before laptops and iPods, the first coin-operated television is exhibited in New York City. 1997—The first step in building the world’s largest hydroelectric project begins when Chinese engineers block the Yangtze River (despite opposition by the Friends of the Yangtze). Born: Albert Camus (1913). Died but not forgotten: Steve McQueen (1980). International Tongue Twister Day. Today’s Word: Scutcheon—where a ship’s name is displayed on the stern.

Nov. 8: 1892—Grover Cleveland becomes the first and only presidential candidate to win nonconsecutive terms of office. 1960—Richard Nixon loses to John F. Kennedy. 1994—The Death With Dignity Act is approved by 51 percent of voters in Oregon, which becomes the first state permitting some terminally ill patients to determine the time of their own physician-assisted death. Died: Dentist John Henry “Doc” Holliday (1887). Something Bold and Pungent Day. Today’s Word: Caparisoned—when a horse wears ornamental or heraldic drapery. Ex.—“The Rodeo Queen’s horse is wonderfully caparisoned.”

Nov. 9: 798—The word “knight” is first pronounced with a silent “k.” 1918—After Germany’s loss in World War I, Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicates. He self-deports to the Netherlands, where he dies in 1941. 1938—Sadie Hawkins Day is invented by Li’l Abner’s Al Capp. 2011—Thousands of college students in London protest a rise in university tuition fees. Born: Lou Ferrigno (1951). Died: Charles De Gaulle (1970). Guinness World Records Day. Today’s Word: Stertor—the sound of snoring and cause of men getting hit during sleep.

Nov. 10: 1887—The Joseph Garneau Company Inc. follows up its taste treat, the saltine cracker, with the cayenne paper cracker and nearly goes bankrupt. 1898—In North Carolina, Democrats led by Alfred Moore Waddell overthrow the city council made up of Populists and black commissioners in the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898. This is the only instance in U.S. history where a municipal government is overthrown. 1975—The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks during a storm on Lake Superior, killing the crew. Born: George Fenneman (1919). Died: Jack Palance (2006). National Pomegranates Month. Today’s Word: Icker—the fruit-bearing spike of cereal plants, especially an ear of corn.

Nov. 11: 1493—The Scottish Kilt Board determines clashing plaids are to be avoided at all costs. 1790—England introduced to chrysanthemums from China. Shortly afterwards spelling bees become more difficult. 1889—Washington becomes the 42nd U.S. state. 1933—The first great dust storm of the Dust Bowl occurs and is called the Great Black Blizzard. 1983—President Reagan becomes the first U.S. president to address the National Diet of Japan, that country’s legislative body. Born: Demetria Gene Guynes, stage name Demi Moore (1962). Died: Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. (1984). National Pickled Peppers Month. Today’s Word: Susurrous—the sound of whispering, hissing.

Nov. 12: 2010—In London, a house is cleared out and a Chinese vase is found that later sells at auction for $68 million. Born: Charles Manson (1934). Died: Canute, King of England, Denmark and Norway (1035). Native American Heritage Month.


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