Today in History
Today is Sunday, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2013. There are 58 days left in the year. Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. local time. Clocks go back one hour.
On Nov 3 -
In 1839, the first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.
In 1900, the first major U.S. automobile show opened at New York's Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America.
In 1903, Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.
In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred M. "Alf" Landon.
In 1961, Burmese diplomat U Thant (oo thahnt) was appointed acting U.N. Secretary-General following the death of Dag Hammarskjold (dahg HAWM'-ahr-shoold). President John F. Kennedy established the U.S. Agency for International Development.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson soundly defeated Republican Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right.
In 1970, Salvador Allende (ah-YEN'-day) was inaugurated as president of Chile.
In 1979, five Communist Workers Party members were killed in a clash with heavily armed Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis during an anti-Klan protest in Greensboro, N.C.
In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair began to come to light as Ash-Shiraa, a pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran.
In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President George H.W. Bush. In Illinois, Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
In 2003, Congress voted its final approval for $87.5 billion for U.S. military operations and aid in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2008, On the eve of Election Day 2008, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain wrapped up their two-year campaign for the White House. Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, a video maker for Osama bin Laden, was sentenced at Guantanamo to life in prison for encouraging terrorist attacks. Authorities announced they had positively identified some of Steve Fossett's remains found a half-mile from where the adventurer's plane had crashed in California's Sierra Nevada.
In 2012, Drivers flocked to gas stations in New Jersey ahead of the noon start of a rationing system aimed at easing long lines in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, while the Department of Defense set up emergency mobile fuel stations in the New York metro area.
On Nov 3 in entertainment history –
In 1960, the Meredith Willson musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" opened on Broadway with Tammy Grimes in the title role.
In 1961, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams and Fred Rose became the first people to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 1972, James Taylor and Carly Simon got married at Taylor's New York apartment. They announced their marriage that night at Taylor's concert at Radio City Music Hall.
In 1975, "Good Morning America" premiered on ABC, with hosts David Hartman and Nancy Dussault (doo-SOH').
In 1977, Elton John announced at a London performance that he was retiring from concerts. However, he started performing again in 1979.
In 1990, singer and actress Mary Martin died of cancer in California. She was best known for playing Peter Pan on stage and on TV.
Also in 1990, Minnie Pearl celebrated her 50th anniversary with the Grand Ole Opry. She received a congratulatory telegram from the White House.
In 1992, the Grateful Dead announced they would break tradition and would not perform a New Year's Eve concert in the San Francisco Bay area.