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This day in history

Monday, Nov. 4, is the 308th day of 2013. There are 57 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Doris Roberts is 83. Actress Loretta Swit is 76. Former first lady Laura Bush is 67. Actress-comedian Kathy Griffin is 53. Actor Ralph Macchio is 52. Actor Matthew McConaughey is 44. Rapper-producer Sean ‘‘Puffy’’ Combs is 44. Actress Gillian Zinser (‘‘90210”) is 28.

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In 1862, inventor Richard J. Gatling received a US patent for his rapid-fire Gatling gun.

In 1884, Democrat Grover Cleveland was elected to his first term as president, defeating Republican James G. Blaine.

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In 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson.

In 1979, the Iran hostage crisis began as militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran, seizing its occupants; for some, it was the start of 444 days of captivity.

In 1980, Ronald Reagan won the White House as he defeated President Carter.

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In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Israeli minutes after attending a festive peace rally.

In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States, defeating Republican John McCain.

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