Today's History Trivia for November 8
1939 Hitler Assassination Attempt A bomb explodes shortly after Hitler leaves from giving a speech. The speech was on the anniversary of his abortive 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. Seven people were killed and 60 injured.
1999 First Presidential Webcast President Bill Clinton, live from Georgetown University, makes a two-hour internet broadcast entitled Townhall with President Clinton.
1970 Longest NFL field goal Tom Dempsey kicks a 63-yarder for the New Orleans Saints to win (19-17) in the final seconds against the Detroit Lions.
1966 First person to win the Most Valuable Player award for both major baseball leagues Frank Robinson wins the American League MVP. He had won it for the National League in 1961. Source: Famous First Facts
1966 First black U.S. senator Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke III is elected to the Senate.
1962 First black woman elected judge in the U.S. Edith Spurlock Sampson is elected associate judge of the Municipal Court of Chicago.
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis The U.S. announces that the Soviet missile bases in Cuba have been dismantled.
1950 First jet-to-jet aerial combat A U.S. Air Force Lockheed F-80 destroys a Soviet MiG-15 over Korea, during the Korean War.
1938 First black woman state legislator Crystal Byrd Fauset is elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
1933 Civil Works Administration The program is established with $400 million appropriated to place about 4 million unemployed on a self-sustaining basis.
1923 Adolf Hitler - Beer Hall Putsch The future German leader organizes a revolt in Munich; it fails and he is imprisoned.
1910 First Socialist Congressman Victor L. Berger of Wisconsin is elected to the House of Representatives.
1910 Bug Zapper The first insect electrocution device is patented by William F. Frost of Spokane, Washington.
1895 X-rays Wilhelm Konrad Roentgen makes his famous discovery. For this, he was awarded the first Nobel Prize in physics (1901).
1889 Montana becomes the 41st state.
1837 First U.S. women's college Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, South Hadley, Massachusetts, opens with 80 students. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1805 Lewis and Clark expedition The famed explorers reach the Pacific Ocean, completing their search for a route to the West.
1731 First American circulating library The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded by Benjamin Franklin, holds its first meeting.
Today's Birthdays for November 8
1965 Robert Tappan Morris American computer scientist. He created the first Internet computer worm (1988). He also received the first felony conviction in the US under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He claimed he wasn't trying to do any harm, it was just an experiment gone wrong.
1954 Rickie Lee Jones American Grammy-winning singer. Music: Chuck E's In Love (1979). She was the Grammy's 1979 Best New Artist.
1954 Michael DeWayne Brown American administrator. He resigned as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina disaster and amid allegations that he had falsified his résumé.
1952 Alfre Woodard American Emmy-winning actress. TV: St. Elsewhere (Dr. Roxanne Turner).
1950 Mary Hart American TV personality. TV: Entertainment Tonight (host).
1949 Bonnie Raitt American singer. Music: Don't It Make You Wanna Dance (1980).
1935 Alain Delon French actor. Film: Le Samourai (1967) and Borsalino (1970). He was one of France's biggest screen stars of the 1960s and '70s.
1931 Morley Safer d. 2016 Canadian-born American Emmy-winning journalist. TV: 60 Minutes (1968-2016). He was known for his hard-hitting new coverage of such topics as the Vietnam War.
1927 Patti Page d. 2013 (Clara Ann Fowler), American pop singer. Music: (How Much Is that) Doggie in the Window (1953, #1). She was the top-charting female vocalist and best-selling female artist of the 1950s, selling over 100 million records.
1923 Jack St. Clair Kilby d. 2005 Nobel-winning electrical engineer. He and Robert Noyce invented the integrated circuit. He is also the inventor of the handheld calculator and the thermal printer.
1922 Christiaan Barnard d. 2001 South African surgeon. He performed the first successful human heart transplant (1967). The patient survived for 18 days.
1920 Esther Rolle d. 1998 American Emmy-winning actress. TV: Maude (1972-74, Florida Evans) and Good Times (1974-77, 1978-79, Florida Evans).
1914 Norman Lloyd (Norman Perlmutter), American actor. Film: Saboteur (1942, the man who fell from the Statue of Liberty in the climax) and Dead Poet's Society (1989, Headmaster Gale Nolan). TV: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (co-producer), St. Elsewhere (terminally ill Dr. Auschlander).
1912 June Havoc d. 2010 (Ellen June Hovick), Canadian-born American actress. Film: My Sister Eileen (1942).
1900 Margaret Mitchell d. 1949 American Pulitzer-winning author. Writings: Gone With The Wind (1937, Pulitzer).
1866 Lord Herbert Austin d. 1941 English automaker. He founded the Austin Motor Co. (1905), which became one of Britain's largest automakers.
1732 John Dickinson d. 1808 American statesman, author, member of the Colonial Congress (1765). He wrote the Farmer's Letters (1767-68), expressing opposition to the Townshend Acts of 1767.
Deaths for November 8
2011 Bil Keane b. 1922 (William Aloysius Keane), American cartoonist, creator of The Family Circus (1960) and Channel Chuckles (1954). Quote: "Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present."
1990 Anya Seton b. 1904 (Ann Seton), American author of historical romances. Writings: Dragonwyck and Foxfire. Her father, Ernest Thompson Seton was a founding pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America.
1986 Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov b. 1890 (V.M. Skryabin), Soviet Communist leader, Soviet foreign minister (1939-49, 1953-56), and for whom the Molotov cocktail is named. He and Joseph Stalin founded the party newspaper Pravda (1912).
1880 Edwin Laurentine Drake b. 1819 American oil industry pioneer. He was the first to use pipes to drill oil and drilled the first productive U.S. oil well (1859, near Titusville, Pennsylvania). While others grew rich from the oil industry he started, he died broke.
1674 John Milton b. 1608 English poet. Writings: Paradise Lost (1667) and Paradise Regained (1671).
1308 John Duns Scotus b. circa 1265 Scottish philosopher, one of the most influential theologians of medieval Europe. His followers, called "dunces," were known for their closed mindedness.
1226 Louis VIII b. 1187 (Louis the Fat), King of France (1223-26).
618 Saint Deusdedit b. ???? Italian religious leader, 68th Pope (615-618). He authorized the celebration of more than one mass by a church on Sunday. The term "Papal Bull" originated from his use of a leaden seal, known as a "Bulla."