1793 - On this day in history, The Louvre Museum, in Paris, opened to the public for the first time.
1889 - Montana became the 41st state of the Union.
1892 - Former president Grover Cleveland defeated incumbent Benjamin Harrison and became the only president to win nonconsecutive terms in the White House
1923 - Today in history, Adolf Hitler attempted, and failed, to seize control of the German government in the Beer Hall Putsch.
1933 - The Civil Works Administration was created by executive order by President Franklyn D Roosevelt. The organization was designed to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed people in the country.
1960 - On this day in history, John F Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon for the presidency of the US.
1966 - Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California.
1986 - Vyacheslav M. Molotov died at age 96. During World War II, Molotov ordered the mass production of bottles filled with flammable liquid later called the "Molotov cocktail."
1988 - Today in history, George W H Bush (R) defeated Mike Dukakis (D) for presidency.
2000 - In Florida, a statewide recount began to decide the winner of the 2000 presidential election.
SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, November 8th
1656 - Today in history, Edmond Halley was born. Halley, an astronomer-mathematician, was the first to calculate the orbit that was named after him. The comet makes an appearance every 76 years.
1895 - Wilhelm Roentgen while experimenting with electricity discovered the scientific principle involved and took the first X-ray pictures.
1910 - William H. Frost patented the insect exterminator.
1997 - On this day in history, Chinese engineers diverted the Yangtze River to make way for the Three Gorges Dam.
CULTURE, LIFESTYLE - Today in History, November 8th
1990 - "6 Degrees of Separation" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 496 perfs