updated 11/2/2005 12:01:25 AM ET 2005-11-02T05:01:25

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2005. There are 59 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 2, 1947, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules (popularly known as the “Spruce Goose”), on its only flight, which lasted about a minute over Long Beach Harbor in California.

On this date:
In 1783, Gen. George Washington issued his Farewell Address to the Army near Princeton, N.J.

In 1795, the 11th president of the United States, James Knox Polk, was born in Mecklenburg County, N.C.

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 states.

In 1930, Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.

In 1948, President Truman surprised the experts by being re-elected in a narrow upset over Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey.

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 program “Twenty-One.”

In 1976, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter became the first candidate from the Deep South since the Civil War to be elected president as he defeated incumbent Gerald R. Ford.

In 1994, a jury in Pensacola, Fla., convicted Paul Hill of murder for the shotgun slayings of an abortion provider and his bodyguard; Hill was executed in September 2003.

In 2003, in Durham, N.H., V. Gene Robinson was consecrated as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church.

Ten 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 1½ hours before being fatally shot by police. The United States expelled Daiwa Bank Ltd. for allegedly covering up $1.1 billion in trading losses.

Five years ago: An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts became the first residents of the international space station, christening it Alpha at the start of their four-month mission.

One year ago: President Bush was elected to a second term as Republicans strengthened their grip on Congress. Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was slain in Amsterdam after receiving death threats over a movie he had made criticizing the treatment of women under Islam. Sgt. Charles Robert Jenkins pleaded guilty to deserting the U.S. Army in 1965 to avoid duty in Korea and Vietnam; he was court martialed, stripped of his rank and discharged from the Army.

Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Charlie Walker is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer Earl “Speedo” Carroll (The Cadillacs; The Coasters) is 68. Singer Jay Black (Jay and the Americans) is 67. Commentator Patrick J. Buchanan is 67. Actress Stefanie Powers is 63. Author Shere Hite is 63. Rock musician Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 61. Rock musician Carter Beauford (The Dave Matthews Band) is 48. Singer-songwriter k.d. lang is 44. Rock musician Bobby Dall (Poison) is 42. Actor David Schwimmer is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Alvin Chea (Take 6) is 38. Rock singer-musician John Hampson (Nine Days) is 34. Rapper Nelly is 31. Prodigy (Mobb Deep) is 31. Actor Danny Cooksey is 30. Country singer Erika Jo (“Nashville Star”) is 19.

Thought for Today: “If I have done any deed worthy of remembrance, that deed will be my monument. If not, no monument can preserve my memory.” — Agesilaus II, King of Sparta (circa 444-360 B.C.)

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