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This day in history

Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the 311th day of 2012. There are 55 days left in the year. This is Election Day.

Today’s birthdays: Director Mike Nichols is 81. Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 80. Country singer Guy Clark is 71. Actress Sally Field is 66. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (the Eagles) is 64. Singer Rory Block is 63. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 63. Maria Shriver is 57. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is 48. Rock singer Corey Glover is 48. Actor Ethan Hawke is 42. Actress Thandie Newton is 40. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn is 40. Actress Emma Stone is 24.

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In 1632, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden was killed in battle.

In 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency.

In 1888, Republican Benjamin Harrison won the presidential election, defeating Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland with an electoral vote count of 233 to 168, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.

In 1944, British official Lord Moyne was assassinated in Cairo by members of the Zionist Stern gang.

In 1956, President Eisenhower won reelection, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.

In 1962, Democrat Edward M. Kennedy was elected to the Senate from Massachusetts.

In 2002, a jury in Beverly Hills, Calif., convicted actress Winona Ryder of stealing $5,500 worth of high-fashion merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue store (she ended up serving probation).

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