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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Today in History -- November 4

A 1677 – Mary Stuart, niece of King Charles II, marries William, Prince of Orange. She and William will later invade England and drive her father, James II, from the throne.  "How sharper than a serpent's tooth is an ungrateful chil," as an earlier English king noted.

1809 – Future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Robbins Curtis is born in Watertown, Massachusetts. He’ll become the first law school graduate to serve on the Court.

1816 – Another future Justice, Stephen Johnson Field, is born at Haddam, Connecticut.

1861 – The Territorial University of Washington opens in Seattle. It will close and reopen three or four times before finally settling down to become the University of Washington.

1890 – The City & South London Railway opens between King William Street and Stockwell. It si the first deep-level underground railway in the world.

1922 – Workers led by British archaeologist Howard Carter find the door to what they will later discover is the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun's.

1924 – Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming (top right) becomes the first woman elected governor of a U.S. state.

1969 – Future music and fashion entrepreneur Sean John Combs is born in a housing project in Harlem.

2004 – The first "web log" aimed at contract law professors, ContractsProf, opens for business.  Over the next six years it will have nearly a million page views.


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