This day in history

Saturday, Nov. 3, is the 308th day of 2012. There are 58 days left in the year. A reminder: Daylight saving time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. local time. Clocks go back one hour.

Today’s birthdays: Michael S. Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts is 79. Actor-dancer Ken Berry is 79. Comedian-actress Roseanne Barr is 60. Actress Kate Capshaw is 59. Comedian Dennis Miller is 59. Singer Adam Ant is 58. Actor Dolph Lundgren is 55.

In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred M. ‘‘Alf’’ Landon.


In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite, into orbit; on board was a dog named Laika who was sacrificed in the experiment.

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In 1964, President Johnson soundly defeated Republican Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right.

In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair began to come to light as Ash-Shiraa, a pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of US arms sales to Iran.

In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton was elected the 42d president of the United States, defeating President George H.W. Bush.