Thursday, Nov. 8, is the 313th day of 2012. There are 53 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Norman Lloyd is 98. Singer Patti Page is 85. CBS newsman Morley Safer is 81. Singer Bonnie Raitt is 63. Actress Alfre Woodard is 60. Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is 58. Chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay is 46. Actress Parker Posey is 44. Actress Gretchen Mol is 39. Actress Tara Reid is 37.
In 1889, Montana became the 41st state.
In 1909, the original Boston Opera House opened.
In 1932, New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated incumbent Herbert Hoover for the presidency.
In 1950, the first jet-plane battle took place as US Air Force Lieutenant Russell J. Brown shot down a North Korean MiG-15.
In 1960, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency.
In 1988, Vice President George H.W. Bush won the presidential election, defeating Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.
In 2002, the UN Security Council unanimously approved Resolution 1441, aimed at forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face ‘‘serious consequences.’’