Today in History • Nov 1 | Entertainment
Today is Monday, November 1, the 305th day of 2021. There are 60 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s story:
On November 1, 1765, the Stamp Act, passed by the British Parliament, came into force, causing stiff resistance from American settlers.
In 1478, the Spanish Inquisition was established.
In 1861, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Major-General George B. McClellan general-in-chief of the Union armies, succeeding Lieutenant-General Winfield Scott.
In 1936, in a speech in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his country and Nazi Germany as an “axis” between Rome and Berlin.
In 1949, an Eastern Airlines DC-4 collided in mid-flight with a Lockheed P-38 fighter jet near Washington National Airport, killing all 55 people aboard the DC-4 and seriously injuring the pilot of the P -38.
In 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists attempted to break into Blair House in Washington, DC, in a failed attempt to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. (One of the two was killed, along with a White House police officer.)
In 1952, the United States detonated the first hydrogen bomb, named “Ivy Mike”, on Enewetak Atoll (en-ih-WEE’-tahk) in the Marshall Islands.
In 1973, following the “Saturday Night Massacre”, Acting Attorney General Robert H. Bork appointed Leon Jaworski as the new Watergate Special Prosecutor, succeeding Archibald Cox.
In 1989, East Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia, prompting tens of thousands of refugees to flee west.
In 1991, Clarence Thomas took his place as the new Supreme Court justice.
In 1995, the Bosnian peace talks opened in Dayton, Ohio, in the presence of the leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia.
In 2003, Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean sparked controversy within his party by telling the Des Moines (duh-MOYN ‘) Register that he wanted to be “the candidate of the guys with Confederate flags in their vans.” . (The former Vermont governor explained that he intended to encourage the return of Southern voters who had abandoned Democrats for decades but were unhappy with Republicans.)
In 2015, the Kansas City Royals won their first World Series crown since 1985, beating the New York Mets 7-2 in Game 5, which lasted 12 innings, ending after midnight.
Ten years ago: Europe’s days-old plan to resolve its crippling debt crisis and restore confidence in the global economy was thrown into chaos by the astonishing decision of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to call a referendum on the country’s latest bailout. (Papandreou abandoned the referendum plan two days later.) Dorothy Rodham, 92, mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and stepmother to former President Bill Clinton, has died in Washington.
Five years ago: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sacked the commander of the South Sudan peacekeeping force after an independent investigation sharply criticized the military response to the deadly July attacks on a complex of UN sheltering 27,000 displaced people. Most of an African-American church in Greenville, Mississippi, has been destroyed by arson; the building was spray painted with the words “Vote Trump”. (A church member later pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.) The Chicago Cubs forced a deciding World Series game by beating the Cleveland Indians 9-3 .
A year ago: Two days before Election Day, the Texas Supreme Court rejected a Republican-led petition to throw nearly 127,000 ballots cast at drive-through polls in the Houston area . (A federal judge also dismissed this effort the next day.)
Today’s Birthdays: Global Golf Hall of Fame member Gary Player is 86 years old. Country singer Bill Anderson is 84 years old. Actor Barbara Bosson is 82 years old. Actor Robert Foxworth is 80 years old. Country singer-humorist Kinky Friedman is 77 years old. Actor Jeannie Berlin is 72 years old. Music producer David Foster is 72 years old. Actor Belita Moreno is 72 years old. Country singer-songwriter-producer Keith Stegall is 67 years old. Country singer Lyle Lovett is 64 years old. Actress Rachel Ticotin is 63 years old. Apple CEO Tim Cook is 61. Actor Helene Udy is 60 years old. the musician Mags Furuholmen (a-ha) 59 years old. Rock singer Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 59 years old. Rock musician Rick Allen (Def Leppard) is 58 years old. Country singer “Big Kenny” Alphin (Big and Rich) is 58 years old. Singer Sophie B. Hawkins is 57 years old. Rapper Willie D (Geto Boys) is 55 years old. Country musician Dale Wallace (Emerson Drive) is 52 years old. Actor Toni Collette is 49 years old. Talk show host Jenny McCarthy is 49. Actor David Berman is 48 years old. Actor Aishwarya Rai (ash-WAHR’-ee-ah reye) is 48 years old. Rock singer Bo Bice is 46 years old. Actor Matt Jones is 40 years old. Actor Natalia Te na is 37 years old. Actor Penn Badgley is 35 years old. Actor Max Burkholder is 24 years old. Actor-musician Alex Wolff is 24 years old.