This Day in History

►Today is Sunday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2011. There are 55 days left in the year.

Today’s Birthdays: Director Mike Nichols is 80. Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 79. Singer Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five) is 74. Singer P.J. Proby is 73. Country singer Guy Clark is 70. Actress Sally Field is 65. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles) is 63. Singer Rory Block is 62. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 62. TV host Catherine Crier is 57. California’s former first lady, Maria Shriver, is 56. Actress Lori Singer is 54. Actor Lance Kerwin is 51. Rock musician Paul Brindley (The Sundays) is 48. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is 47. Rock singer Corey Glover is 47. Actor Brad Grunberg is 47. Actor Peter DeLuise is 45. Actress Kelly Rutherford is 43. Actor Ethan Hawke is 41. Actress Thandie Newton is 39. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn is 39. Actress Zoe McLellan is 37. Actress Nicole Dubuc is 33. Actress Taryn Manning is 33. Singer-songwriter Ben Rector is 25. Actress Emma Stone is 23. Actress Mercedes Kastner is 22.

►In 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency: John Breckinridge, John Bell, and Stephen Douglas.


►In 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term of office.

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►In 1861, James Naismith, the inventor of the sport of basketball, was born in Almonte, Ontario.

►In 1893, composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg, Russia, at age 53.

►In 1928, in a first, the results of Republican Herbert Hoover’s election victory over Democrat Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an electric wraparound sign on the New York Times building.

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


►In 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.