November 2nd

2003
V. Gene Robinson was consecrated as bishop by the U.S. Episcopal Church, becoming the first openly gay bishop in the church.
Gene Robinson
1984
Velma Margie Barfield, a convicted murderer became the first woman to be executed since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976.
Velma Barfield
1982
Ronald Reagan signs a bill to create Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The day, observed every year on the third Monday of January, commemorates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. a leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
Political positions of Ronald Reagan
1976
Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford, becoming the first U.S. president from the deep South since the Civil War.
United States presidential election, 1976
1966
The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the US.
1966 in the United States
1964
Coup in Saudi Arabia. Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud takes over the government of Saudi Arabia while his half-brother, King Saud is overseas for medical reasons.
1969 Saudi Arabian coup d'état plot
1960
Mary Leakey and her team discover 1st fossils of Homo habilis, an early human ancestor, at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Homo habilis one of the earliest species to make stone tools, lived between 1.4 and 2.3 million years ago.
Olduvai Gorge
1959
Twenty-One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admitted that he had been given questions and answers in advance.
1950s quiz show scandals
1948
Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey to the surprise of pollsters and newspapers, in the greatest presidential upset in history.
Dewey Defeats Truman
1947
Howard Hughes flew the Spruce Goose on its first and only flight.
Hughes H-4 Hercules
1938
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation established. Officially known as CBC/Radio-Canada, the network is Canada's public radio and television broadcaster.
Timeline of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
1930
Haile Selassie I becomes the emperor of Ethiopia. Considered as a leading figure in the Rastafari movement, Selassie reigned over Ethiopia for 44 years.
Haile Selassie
1917
Balfour Declaration. Originally sent as a letter on this day to Baron Rothschild from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, it declared BRitish support for a Jewish state in Palestine. The letter was eventually added to Sevres peace treaty.
Balfour Declaration
1889
North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states, respectively.
1889 in the United States
1875
Verney Cameroon reaches Benguela in Angola, from Africa's east coast, 1st European to cross equatorial Africa.