Today in History - November 8th

  • 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


  • Bram Stoker 1847
  • Dr. Christian Barnard 1922 
  • Minne Riperton - 1948
  • Bonnie Raitt -1949