On this day in history…
2008 – Barack Obama won the presidential election (the day before).
2005 – The cruise ship Seabourn Spirit evaded an attack by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
2001 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” premieres.
2002 – Diamondbacks Pitcher Randy Johnson won fourth straight NL Cy Young award.
1996 – Voters reelected President Bill Clinton.
1988 – The Beach Boys hit #1 in US with Kokomo.
1984 – The Supreme Court ruled that the NFL could not block future franchise moves
1980 – Ronald Reagan is elected President.
1968 – Richard M. Nixon won the presidential election.
1968 – Shirley Chisholm is elected, first black woman to serve in Congress.
1959 – Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins second consecutive NL MVP.
1952 – Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected President.
1946 – John F. Kennedy, age 29, was elected to the US House of Representatives.
1940 – President Roosevelt was re-elected to the presidency for an unprecedented third term.
1939 – First air-conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, IL.
1935 – Parker Brothers company launches “Monopoly,” a game of real estate and capitalism.
1930 – Sinclair Lewis, novelist and playwright, won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
1911 – The first US transcontinental airplane flight was begun.
1904 – First stadium built specifically for football (Harvard Stadium).
1872 – Susan B. Anthony is arrested for trying to vote.
1605 – Guy Fawkes is betrayed and arrested in an attempt to blow up the British Parliament
1529 – English cardinal Thomas Wolsey arrested on charges of treason.