Today in History

November 8, 2016 GMT

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 8, the 313th day of 2016. There are 53 days left in the year. This is Election Day.

Today’s highlight in history:

On Nov. 8, 1966, Edward W. Brooke, R-Mass., became the first black candidate to be elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote.

On this date:

In 1889, Montana became the 41st state.In 1923, Adolf Hitler launched his first attempt at seizing power in Germany with a failed coup in Munich that came to be known as the “Beer-Hall Putsch.“In 1942, Operation Torch, resulting in an Allied victory, began during World War II as U.S. and British forces landed in French North Africa.In 1950, during the Korean War, the first jet-plane battle took place as U.S. Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown shot down a North Korean MiG-15.In 1988, Vice President George H.W. Bush won the presidential election, defeating the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush announced Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation; Bush chose former CIA Director Robert Gates to succeed him.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Bonnie Raitt is 67. TV personality Mary Hart is 66. Chef and TV personality Gordon Ramsay is 50.