November 3rd

2004
Hamid Karzai was declared the winner in Afghanistan's first presidential election.
Hamid Karzai
1992
Bill Clinton (D) wins US presidential election over President George H. W. Bush (R).
United States presidential election, 1992
1986
A Lebanese magazine broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran, leading to the Iran-Contra affair.
Iran–Contra affair
1978
Dominica gains independence. The Caribbean Island nation gained its independence from the British after being colonized in 1805.
Dominica
1973
NASA launches Mariner 10. The last of the Mariner Program, Mariner 10 was the first spacecraft to flyby two planets - Venus and Mercury. The probe flew by Venus on February 5, 1974, and did 3 flybys of Mercury on March 29, 1974, September 21, 1974, and on March 16, 1975, after which communications with the probe were terminated.
Mariner 10
1957
The Soviet Union sent the first animal, a dog named Laika, into space aboard the Sputnik II. Laika died in orbit.
Laika
1954
Godzilla released. The Japanese science fiction starring a mutated monster of the same name became an instant hit.
Godzilla (1954 film)
1952
Clarence Birdseye marketed the first frozen peas.
Clarence Birdseye
1906
International Radiotelegraph Conference in Berlin selects 'SOS' (· · · – – – · · ·) distress signal as the worldwide standard for help.
1903
Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.
Separation of Panama from Colombia
1868
John Willis Menard elected to U.S. House of Representatives. He became the first African-American to be elected to the house.
John Willis Menard
1839
The first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.
First Opium War
1838
The Times of India founded. The world's largest English-language daily was launched as a bi-weekly as the Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce in Bombay, India.
The Times of India
1640
English Long Parliament forms.
Long Parliament
1620
Great Patent granted to Plymouth Colony.
Plymouth Colony
1534
English parliament accepts Act of Supremacy: Henry VIII becomes Head of Church of England.
Acts of Supremacy
644
Umar ibn al-Khattab, second Muslim caliph, is killed by a Persian slave in Medina.
Umar