Today is Saturday, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2018. There are 58 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight: On Nov. 3, 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President George H.W. Bush. In Illinois, Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
On this date:
In 1839, the first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.
In 1900, the first major U.S. automobile show opened at New York’s Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America.
In 1903, Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.
In 1908, Republican William Howard Taft was elected president, outpolling William Jennings Bryan.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Lois Smith is 88. Actress Monica Vitti is 87. Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis is 85. Actor-dancer Ken Berry is 85. Actor Shadoe Stevens is 72. Singer Lulu is 70. Comedian-actress Roseanne Barr is 66.
Thought for today: “Among these things but one thing seems certain — that nothing certain exists, and that nothing is more pitiable or more presumptuous than man.” — Pliny the Elder, Roman scholar.
— Associated Press