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On November second, 1948, President
surprised the experts by being re-elected in a
narrow upset over Republican challenger Thomas E.
In 1783, General George Washington issued his
"Farewell Address to the Army" near
Princeton, New Jersey.
In 1795, the
eleventh president of the United States, James
Knox Polk, was born in Mecklenburg County, North
In 1865, the 29th
president of the United States, Warren Gamaliel
Harding, was born near Corsica, Ohio.
In 1889, North
Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th
In 1920, radio
station KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcast returns from
the Harding-Cox presidential election.
In 1930, Haile
Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.
In 1959, game show
contestant Charles Van Doren admitted to a House
subcommittee that he'd been given questions and
answers in advance when he appeared on the NBC TV
In 1963, South
Vietnamese President Ngo Dihn Diem (noh ding
ZEE'-em) was assassinated in a military coup.
In 1979, black
militant Joanne Chesimard escaped from a New
Jersey prison, where she'd been serving a life
sentence for the 1973 slaying of a New Jersey
state trooper. (Chesimard, who has since taken
the name Assata Shakur, now lives in Cuba.)
In 1994, a jury in
Pensacola, Florida, convicted Paul Hill of murder
for the shotgun slayings of an abortion provider
and his bodyguard; Hill was sentenced to death.
Ten years ago: The
White House announced that President Bush planned
to spend Thanksgiving with American GI's in Saudi
Five years ago: A
man claiming to have a bomb hijacked a school bus
with 13 learning-disabled children aboard,
leading authorities around Miami-area highways
for an hour and a-half before being fatally shot
by police. The United States expelled Daiwa Bank
Limited for allegedly covering up $1.1 billion in
One year ago:
Xerox repairman Byran Uyesugi opened fire on his
co-workers in Honolulu, killing seven of them.
(Uyesugi was later convicted and sentenced to
life in prison.) Republicans pushed the year's
last and biggest spending bill through Congress
toward a sure veto by President Clinton.
"Vanity is as ill at
ease under indifference, as tenderness is under
the love which it cannot return."
George Eliot, English author (1819-1880).