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Old 11-08-2010, 06:56 AM   #834
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November 7

1811. The Battle of Tippecanoe is fought between the US and Tecumseh's growing Indian federation. William Henry Harrison will ride the (overstated) success of this battle to the Presidency, being elected in 1840 on the famous ticket of "Tippecanoe and Tyler too". It turns out to be very little Tippecanoe and alot of Tyler, as his inaugural speech, given March 4, 1841 on a wet cold day, leads to his death by pneumonia. He wanted to show he was still a war hero, so he read his two hour address (one of the longest ever), without a topcoat or hat. As a result, he had the shortest Presidency ever, being in office only one month before he died.

1910. The first air freight shipment is made, by the Wright Brothers, between Dayton and Columbus Ohio.

1917. The "October Revolution", when the Bolsheviks storm the Winter Palace and seize power in Russia. It is called the October Revolution because, under the old Julian calendar then still used in Russia, it was only October 25.

1919. On the second anniversary of the October Revolution, the first Palmer raid is conducted in America. Named after the then-Attorney General, the mastermind behind the wide-ranging sweeps of suspected Communists is the very young J. Edgar Hoover. Over 10,000 suspected Communists and anarchists are arrested in 23 cities.

1929. The Museum of Modern Art opens to the public.

1973. Congress overrides Nixon's veto, passing the War Powers Act, which limits a President's ability to wage war without Congressional approval.

1991. Magic Johnson announces he has HIV, and retires from the NBA.
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