Today in History - November 2nd

  • 1783 - Today in history, General George Washington, later to be the first American President, bided farewell to his army after the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1889 - North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted to the Union as the 39th and 40th states, respectively.
  • 1898 - On this day In history, we celebrate the official birth date of organized cheerleading, which started as an all-male activity.
  • 1944 - Auschwitz began gassing inmates.
  • 1947 - Today in history, Howard Hughes flew the Spruce Goose on its first and only flight.
  • 1948 - Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey to the surprise of pollsters and newspapers, in the greatest presidential upset in history.
  • 1955 - On this day in history, David Ben-Gurion formed Israeli government.
  • 1956 - Israel captured Gaza & Sheham.
  • 1966 - The Cuban Adjustment Act entered force, allowing 123,000 Cubans the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the United States.
  • 1976 -Today in history, Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford, becoming the first U.S. president from the deep South since the Civil War.
  • 1984 - Velma Margie Barfield, a convicted murderer, became the first woman to be executed since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976.
  • 2000 - On this day in history, the first crew arrived at the International Space Station.
  • 2003 - V. Gene Robinson was consecrated as bishop by the Episcopal Church, becoming the first openly gay bishop in the church.

CULTURE, LIFESTYLE - Today in History, November 2nd

  • 1921 - Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie" premiered in NYC.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, November 2nd

  • 1962 - Today in history, the Elvis Presley film "Girls! Girls! Girls!" premiered. 
  • 1963 - The Beach Boys' "Be True To Your School" was released. 
  • 1968 - On this day in history, Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life" was released. 
  • 1987 - Harrison released "Cloud 9" & McCartney released "All the Best."
  • 1990 - "Graffiti Bridge," Prince's fourth film, co-starring Tevin Campbell and Mavis Staples opened.
  • 2003 - Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs ran in the New York City Marathon. He finished in 4 hours, 14 minutes and 54 seconds. He raised $2 million dollars for children.

SPORTS - Today in History, November 2nd

  • 1938 - Today in history, Babe Ruth applied for job of St Louis Browns' manager.


  • Daniel Boone 1734 
  • Burt Lancaster 1913 
  • k.d. lang 1961 
  • David Schwimmer 1966 - Actor (" Friends")