Today's History Trivia for November 7
1972 Nixon Re-Elected Pres. Richard Nixon is re-elected by a landslide, despite the Watergate proceedings. He received almost 18 million more popular votes than his Democratic opponent Senator George McGovern. This is the widest margin of any U.S. presidential election. Both he and Vice-President Spiro Agnew would resign before the term ended.
1993 Art theft During the night, thieves cut a hole in the ceiling of the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden. They stole six Picassos and two Braques valued at $52 million.
1991 Magic Johnson retires from basketball after learning he had contracted the AIDS virus. He came out of retirement less than a year later.
1989 First elected black U.S. state governor Douglas Wilder of Virginia.
1976 Gone With The Wind is first broadcast on TV, with the conclusion the following night. It received the highest rating to date for a movie on TV.
1973 Arab Oil Embargo Pres. Nixon declares a national energy crisis in response to the embargo.
1967 First black mayor of a major U.S. city Carl Stokes is elected by Cleveland, Ohio. Another black candidate, Richard G. Hatcher, was elected mayor of Gary, Indiana.
1948 Studio One debuts on TV.
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes wins the presidential election by a single electoral vote.
1811 Battle of Tippecanoe Future U.S. President William Henry Harrison came out the hero of this battle, thus years later providing him with the famous campaign slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" (Tyler was the Vice-Presidential candidate).
1637 Religious Freedom Anne Hutchinson, the colonial religious leader, is tried for preaching that faith alone is sufficient for salvation. She was called an instrument of the devil and was condemned to banishment from the Massachusetts Colony. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church.
Today's Birthdays for November 7
1972 C.B. Barnes American actor. TV: Day by Day (Ross Harper).
1964 Dana Plato d. 1999 (Dana Michelle Strain), American actress. In 1991 she robbed a video store with a pellet gun (see event). She was one of the first celebrities to star in a video game (1992, Night Trap). She died of a drug overdose that was ruled a suicide. TV: Diff'rent Strokes (1978-86, Kimberly Drummond).
1955 Daniel Goodwin stunt man. In 1981 he climbed the Sears Tower using rope and suction cups while wearing a Spider-Man costume.
1943 Joni Mitchell (Roberta Joan Anderson), Canadian Grammy-winning singer. Music: Both Sides Now (1969) and Big Yellow Taxi (1970).
1922 Al Hirt d. 1999 (Alois Maxwell Hirt), American Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter. Music: Java (1964, Grammy) and performed the theme song to The Green Hornet (1966).
1918 Billy Graham (William Franklin Graham), American evangelist.
1916 Joe Cobb d. 2002 American actor, appeared in 86 Our Gang films as Fat Joe.
1914 Archie Campbell d. 1987 American comedian. Known for his "Rindercella" routine in which she "slopped her dripper." TV: Hee Haw (1969-87).
1903 Gracie Lantz d. 1992 (Grace Stafford), American actress, wife of Walter Lantz. She provided the voice for her husband's famous creation Woody Woodpecker.
1903 Dean Jagger d. 1991 American Oscar-winning actor. Film: Twelve O'Clock High (1949, Oscar).
1902 Edward Benton Dodd d. 1991 American cartoonist, created Mark Trail (1946).
(Lev Davidovich Bronstein), Russian revolutionary leader. He and Lenin organized the October Revolution. He was assassinated in Mexico City by Ramón Mercader, a suspected agent of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Trotksy had been expelled from the Soviet Union in 1927. Quote: "The end may justify the means, as long as there is something that justifies the end."
Deaths for November 7
1908 Butch Cassidy b. 1866 (George LeRoy Parker), American outlaw, boasted of never having killed a man. He and the Sundance Kid were reported killed in 1908 by Bolivian troops after a robbery, but his sister claimed he lived in the U.S. until 1937.
2016 Leonard Cohen b. 1934 Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter. Music Hallelujah (1984, covered by John Cale and used in the movie Shrek).
2016 Janet Reno b. 1938 U.S. Attorney General (1993-2001, the first woman to hold the office). Known for her controversial handling of the Waco disaster and Elian Gonzalez incident.
2011 Joe Frazier b. 1944 American Hall of Fame heavyweight boxing champion (1970-73) and heavyweight Olympic gold medalist (1964).
2004 Howard Keel b. 1919 (Harold Keel), American actor. TV: Dallas (1981-91, Clayton Farlow). Film: Show Boat (1951), Kiss Me Kate (1953), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954).
1988 Bill Hoest b. 1926 American cartoonist, creator of The Lockhorns (1968), Agatha Crumm (1977), Laugh Parade (1980), Howard Huge (1981), and What a Guy! (1986).
1980 Steve McQueen b. 1930 (Terrence Steven McQueen), American actor, "The King of Cool." Film: The Blob (1958), The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Great Escape (1963), Papillon (1973), and The Towering Inferno (1974).
1967 John Nance Garner b. 1868 32nd U.S. Vice-President (1933-41).
1962 Eleanor Roosevelt b. 1884 Pres. F.D. Roosevelt's wife.