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Today in history: November 7

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

Today is Monday, Nov. 7, the 311th day of 2005. There are 54 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 7, 1917, Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.

On this date:
In 1893, the state of Colorado granted its women the right to vote.

In 1916, Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.

In 1929, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City opened to the public.

In 1940, the middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state collapsed during a windstorm.

In 1944, President Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.

In 1962, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt died in New York City.

In 1962, Richard M. Nixon, having lost California’s gubernatorial race, held what he called his “last press conference,” telling reporters, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.”

In 1973, Congress overrode President Nixon’s veto of the War Powers Act, which limits a chief executive’s power to wage war without congressional approval.

In 1980, actor Steve McQueen died in Juarez, Mexico, at age 50.

In 1998, John Glenn returned to Earth aboard the space shuttle Discovery, visibly weak but elated after a nine-day mission.

Ten years ago: In a Japanese courtroom, three American military men admitted to the ambush-rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl, an attack that outraged the Japanese and strained security ties between Japan and the U.S. (The men later received prison sentences ranging from 6½ to seven years.)

Five years ago: Americans went to the polls for an election that would result in indecision for George W. Bush and Al Gore, with Florida’s disputed electoral votes emerging as critical. Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first first lady to win public office, defeating Republican Rick Lazio for a U.S. Senate seat from New York.

One year ago: France rolled out overwhelming military force to put down an explosion of anti-French violence in Ivory Coast, its former West African colony. In the New York City Marathon, Britain’s Paula Radcliffe won the women’s race in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 10 seconds, edging Kenya’s Susan Chepkemei by only four seconds; South Africa’s Hendrik Ramaala of South Africa won the men’s race in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 28 seconds. Actor and musical star Howard Keel died at age 85.

Today’s Birthdays: Evangelist Billy Graham is 87. Opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland is 79. Singer Mary Travers is 68. Actor Barry Newman is 67. Singer Johnny Rivers is 63. Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is 62. Singer Nick Gilder is 54. Actor Christopher Knight (“The Brady Bunch”) is 48. Actor Christopher Daniel Barnes is 33. Actors Jason and Jeremy London are 33.

Thought for Today: “History is simply a piece of paper covered with print; the main thing is still to make history, not to write it.” — Otto von Bismarck, German statesman (1815-1898).