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Today in history: November 6

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Sunday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2005. There are 55 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 6, 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency.

On this date:
In 1854, the “king” of American march music, John Philip Sousa, was born in Washington, D.C.

In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy.

In 1888, Benjamin Harrison won the presidential election, defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland with enough electoral votes, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.

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

In 1900, President McKinley was re-elected, beating Democrat William Jennings Bryan.

In 1906, Republican Charles Evans Hughes was elected governor of New York, defeating newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.

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

In 1956, President Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.

In 1976, Benjamin L. Hooks was chosen to be the new executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, succeeding Roy Wilkins.

In 1977, 39 people were killed when an earthen dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls Bible College in Georgia.

Ten years ago: Funeral services were held in Jerusalem for assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. President Clinton led the U.S. delegation; Arab dignitaries also attended, including Jordan’s King Hussein and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced plans to move his team to Baltimore.

Five years ago: On Election Eve, George W. Bush and Al Gore campaigned through the final hours of their run for the White House, seeking last-minute momentum in a costly and exhausting race to become the nation’s 43rd president. Surgeons in Manchester, England, separated conjoined twin girls, a procedure that involved allowing one of the girls to die, while giving the survivor a chance at life.

One year ago: An Ivory Coast airstrike killed nine French peacekeepers and an American aid worker, prompting France to wipe out the country’s modest air force. The designers of SpaceShipOne, the first privately manned rocket to burst into space, were handed a $10 million check and the Ansari X Prize trophy.

Today’s Birthdays: Director Mike Nichols is 74. Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 73. Singer Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five) is 68. Singer P.J. Proby is 67. Country singer Guy Clark is 64. Actress Sally Field is 59. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles) is 57. Singer Rory Block is 56. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 56. California’s first lady, broadcast journalist Maria Shriver, is 50. Actress Lori Singer is 48. Actor Lance Kerwin is 45. Rock musician Paul Brindley (The Sundays) is 42. Rock singer Corey Glover is 41. Actor Peter DeLuise is 39. Actress Kelly Rutherford is 37. Actor Ethan Hawke is 35. Actress Thandie Newton is 33. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn is 33. Actress Nicole Dubuc is 27. Actress Mercedes Kastner is 16.

Thought for Today: “When writers come, I find I’m talking all the time, exchanging thoughts I haven’t exchanged for some time. I get stupid in solitude.” — Mary McCarthy, American author (1912-1989).