This day in history

Friday, Nov. 8, is the 312th day of 2013. There are 53 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Norman Lloyd is 99. CBS newsman Morley Safer is 82. Singer Bonnie Raitt is 64. TV personality Mary Hart is 63. Former Playboy Enterprises chair Christie Hefner is 61. Actress Alfre Woodard is 61. Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is 59. Author Kazuo Ishiguro is 59. Chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay is 47. Actress Courtney Thorne-Smith is 46. Actress Parker Posey is 45. Actress Gretchen Mol is 40. Actor Matthew Rhys is 39. Actress Tara Reid is 38. Country singer Bucky Covington is 36. TV personality Jack Osbourne is 28.

In 1889, Montana became the 41st state.


In 1909, the original Boston Opera House opened with a performance of ‘‘La Gioconda’’ by Amilcare Ponchielli.

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In 1932, New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated incumbent Republican Herbert Hoover for the presidency.

In 1960, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency.

In 1987, 11 people were killed when an Irish Republican Army bomb exploded as crowds gathered in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, for a ceremony honoring Britain’s war dead.

In 1988, Vice President George H.W. Bush won the presidential election, defeating Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.


In 2003, a suicide bombing of a housing complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killed 17 people.

In 2008, Indonesia executed three Islamic militants for helping to plan and carry out the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.