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Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Today in History: November 2

1865: Warren Gamaliel Harding, who will be the first journalist elected President of the United States, as well as the first to tap Hollywood stars (Mary Pickford, Al Jolson, Lillian Russell) as campaigners, is born near what is now Blooming Grove, Ohio.

1889: North and South Dakota are admitted to the Union as the 39th and 40th U.S. states.  North Dakota is regarded as 39th because “N” comes before “S” in the alphabet.

1920: Westinghouse Electric Co.’s KDKA (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), goes on the air as the first U.S. commercial radio station. 

1922: Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (known today by its acronym) begins air mail passenger and operations in Australia.

1936: To combat the growing influence of U.S. commercial radio networks expanding into Canada, the government-owned Canadian Broadcasting Co. is created.

1954: South Carolina lawyer Strom Thurmond becomes the first person in U.S. history to be elected to a major office as a write-in candidate, when he wins election to the U.S. Senate.

1992: One of the fathers of Hollywood, Harold Eugene “Hal” Roach, dies at age 100.  His career spanned the gamut from Lonesome Luke and Our Gang comedies to Topper and Of Mice and Men.

2001: Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. opens with the largest opening-day sales of any animated film in history.  A sequel is reportedly in the works.

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