Today in History: November 3, Bill Clinton becomes 42nd president with defeat of George H.W. Bush
Today in History
Today is Friday, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2023. There are 58 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 3, 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President George H.W. Bush.
On this date:
In 1839, the first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.
In 1908, Republican William Howard Taft was elected president, outpolling Democrat William Jennings Bryan.
In 1911, the Chevrolet Motor Car Co. was founded in Detroit by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the U.S. Agency for International Development.
In 1970, Salvador Allende (ah-YEN'-day) was inaugurated as president of Chile.
In 1976, the horror movie "Carrie," adapted from the Stephen King novel and starring Sissy Spacek, was released by United Artists.
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, North Carolina.
In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair came to light as Ash-Shiraa, a pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran.
In 1994, Susan Smith of Union, South Carolina, was arrested for drowning her two young sons, Michael and Alex, nine days after claiming the children had been abducted by a Black carjacker.
In 1997, the Supreme Court let stand California's groundbreaking Proposition 209, which banned race and gender preference in hiring and school admissions.
In 2012, the lights went back on in lower Manhattan to the relief of residents who had been plunged into darkness for nearly five days by Superstorm Sandy.
In 2014, 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, a new 1,776-foot skyscraper at the World Trade Center site opened for business, marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the nation.
In 2017, Netflix said it was cutting all ties with Kevin Spacey after a series of allegations of sexual harassment and assault, and that it would not be a part of any further production of "House of Cards" that included him.
In 2020, Democrat Joe Biden won the presidency, though his victory would not be known for more than three days as counting continued in battleground states; Republican President Donald Trump would refuse to concede, falsely claiming that he was a victim of widespread voter fraud.
In 2021, after serving more than seven years in an Indonesian prison for killing her mother at a luxury resort on the island of Bali, Heather Mack of Chicago was indicted on murder conspiracy charges in the United States and taken into federal custody on her arrival at O'Hare International Airport.
In 2022, a Manhattan judge said he would appoint an independent monitor "to ensure there is no further fraud" at former President Donald Trump's company.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Lois Smith is 93. Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis is 90. Actor Shadoe Stevens is 77. Singer Lulu is 75. "Vogue" editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is 74. Comedian-actor Roseanne Barr is 71. Actor Kate Capshaw is 70. Comedian Dennis Miller is 70. Actor Kathy Kinney is 70. Singer Adam Ant is 69. Sports commentator and former quarterback Phil Simms is 68. Director-screenwriter Gary Ross is 67. Actor Dolph Lundgren is 66. Rock musician C.J. Pierce (Drowning Pool) is 51. Actor Francois Battiste (TV: "Ten Days in the Valley") is 47. Olympic gold medal figure skater Evgeni Plushenko is 41. Actor Julie Berman is 40. Actor Antonia Thomas (TV: "The Good Doctor") is 37. Alternative rock singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett is 36. TV personality and model Kendall Jenner (TV: "Keeping Up with the Kardashians") is 28.