This day in history

Thursday, Nov. 1, is the 306th day of 2012. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day.

Today’s birthdays: Golf Hall of Famer Gary Player is 77. Country singer Bill Anderson is 75. Actor Robert Foxworth is 71. Country singer Lyle Lovett is 55. Rock singer Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 50. Singer Sophie B. Hawkins is 48. Actress Toni Collette is 40.

In 1512, Michelangelo’s just-completed paintings on the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel were publicly unveiled by Pope Julius II.


In 1765, the Stamp Act went into effect, prompting resistance from American colonists.

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In 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists tried to force their way into Blair House in Washington, D.C., in a failed attempt to assassinate President Truman. (One of the pair was killed, along with a White House police officer.)

In 1952, the US exploded the first hydrogen bomb at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

In 2002, a federal judge approved most provisions of an antitrust settlement between Microsoft and the Justice Department.

In 2011, embattled Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball reached an agreement to sell the franchise.