updated 11/1/2006 12:12:32 AM ET 2006-11-01T05:12:32

Today is Wednesday, November First, the 305th day of 2006. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On November First, 1765, the Stamp Act went into effect, prompting stiff resistance from American colonists.

On this date:
In 1512, Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first exhibited to the public.

In 1861, General George B. McClellan was made General-in-Chief of the Union armies, succeeding Winfield Scott.

In 1870, the United States Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations.

In 1936, in a speech in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his country and Nazi Germany as an “axis” running between Rome and Berlin.

In 1944, “Harvey,” a comedy by Mary Chase about a man and his friend, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit, opened on Broadway.

In 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists tried to force their way into Blair House in Washington to assassinate President Truman. The attempt failed, and one of the pair was killed.

In 1952, the United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb, codenamed “Mike,” at Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

In 1954, Algerian nationalists began their successful eight-year rebellion against French rule.

In 1973, following the “Saturday Night Massacre,” Acting Attorney General Robert H. Bork appointed Leon Jaworski to be the new Watergate special prosecutor, succeeding Archibald Cox.

In 1991, Clarence Thomas took his place as the newest justice on the Supreme Court.

Ten years ago: Accused of peddling access to the Oval Office, President Clinton demanded an end to what he called the “escalating arms race” for political money. Bob Dole countered with his own solutions to what he called “a growing scandal” of Democratic financial sins.

Five years ago: President Bush issued an order allowing past presidents, beginning with Ronald Reagan, to have as much say as incumbent presidents in keeping some of their White House papers private. The New York Yankees took a three-games-to-two lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks as they won game five of the World Series, 3-to-2, in a contest that ended after midnight.

One year ago: Democrats forced the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual closed session, questioning intelligence President Bush had used in the run-up to the war in Iraq; Republicans derided the move as a political stunt. The Federal Reserve increased a key interest rate by a quarter-point to four percent, the highest level in more than four years. Musical conductor Skitch Henderson died in New Milford, Connecticut, at age 87.

Today’s Birthdays: Newspaper columnist James J. Kilpatrick is 86. Golfer Gary Player is 71. Country singer Bill Anderson is 69. Actress Barbara Bosson is 67. Actor Robert Foxworth is 65. Actress Marcia Wallace is 64. Magazine publisher Larry Flynt is 64. Actress Jeannie Berlin is 57. Pop singer-musician Dan Peek is 56. Rhythm-and-blues musician Khalis Bayyan (aka Ronald Bell) (Kool and the Gang) is 55. Country singer-songwriter-producer Keith Stegall is 52. Country singer Lyle Lovett is 49. Actress Rachel Ticotin is 48. Rock musician Eddie MacDonald (The Alarm) is 47. Rock singer Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 44. Pop singer-musician Mags Furuholmen (a-ha) is 44. Rock musician Rick Allen (Def Leppard) is 43. Country singer “Big Kenny” Alphin (Big and Rich) is 43. Rapper Willie D (Geto Boys) is 40. Singer Sophie B. Hawkins is 39. Country musician Dale Wallace (Emerson Drive) is 37. Actress Toni Collette is 34. Actress Jenny McCarthy is 34. Rock musician Andrew Gonzales is 34. Actress Aishwarya Rai is 33. Rock singer Bo Bice (“American Idol”) is 31. Actor Penn Badgley is 20.

Thought for Today: “It is easier to admire hard work if you don’t do it.” — Anonymous.

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