Today in History - November 3rd

  • 1493 - Today in history, Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Dominica.
  • 1762 - Spain acquired Louisiana.
  • 1783 - Washington ordered Continental Army disbanded, on this day in history.
  • 1796 - John Adams was elected president of the United States.
  • 1883 - Today in history, The US Supreme Court decided that Native Americans could not be Americans.
  • 1896 - Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah was elected the first female senator.
  • 1913 - On this day in history, the first American citizens received information over the new national income tax.
  • 1924 - The death total from the plague now stood at 25 in Los Angeles.
  • 1941 - The order was given to bomb Pearl Harbor.
  • 1945 - Today in history, The Nazis carried out "Operation Harvest Festival" to kill all Jews remaining in the Lublin District of Poland.
  • 1957 - A dog was launched into orbit today as the first animal in space on board Sputnik 2, a Russian spacecraft, and became the first living animal to enter the Earth's orbit. 
  • 1964 - On this day in history, the Twenty-Third Amendment to the United States Constitution granted the District of Columbia three votes in the Electoral College and residents were able to vote in a presidential election for the first time.
  • 1964 - Lyndon B Johnson won the presidential election with a landslide victory to become the 36th President of the United States. He had become President upon Kennedy's death the year before.
  • 1992 - Today in history, Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
  • 1992 - Bill Clinton (D) won US presidential election over President Bush (R).

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, November 3rd

  • 1931 - First commercially produced synthetic rubber was manufactured, today in history.
  • 1952 - Clarence Birdseye marketed the first frozen peas.
  • 1955 - On this day in history, it was announced that the first virus was crystallized.

CULTURE, LIFESTYLE - Today in History, November 3rd

  • 1927 - Rodgers & Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee" premiered in NYC.
  • 1975 - Good Morning America premiered on ABC (David Hartman & Nancy Dussault).
  • 1976 - Carrie, the movie, scared audiences to death, today in history.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, November 3rd

  • 1972 - James Taylor and Carly Simon were married. They separated in 1982 and were divorced later.
  • 1977 - On this day in history, during a concert in London, Elton John announced that he was retiring from live performances. He resumed touring on February 3, 1979 in Sweden. 
  • 1988 - The U2 concert movie "Rattle and Hum" opened. 
  • 1998 - The live Bee Gees album "One Night Only" was released. 

SPORTS - Today in History, November 3rd

  • 1893 - Today in history, the first professional football contract was signed by Grant Dibert for the Pittsburgh AC.
  • 1959 - The first World Series to be played west of St. Louis began in Los Angeles, CA. 
  • 1987 - NFL owners used replacement personnel to play games despite the player's strike
  • 1998 - On this day in history, The Body was elected Governor of Minnesota.
  • 2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 70th home run of the season to tie Mark McGwire's major league record.


  • 1927 - Andy Williams, singer/actor (Andy Williams Show, "Butterfly").
  • 1949 - Anna Wintour, English-American editor-in-chief of American Vogue.
  • 1952 - Roseanne, [Barr Arnold], comedienne/TV star (Roseanne).
  • 1953 - Kate Capshaw [Nail], American actress (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom).
  • 1953 - Dennis Miller, Comedian/TV host (SNL, Dennis Miller Show)
  • 1954 - Godzilla, Japanese monster (Godzilla)