November 7th

2000
The U.S. went to the polls to choose between George W. Bush and Al Gore. The outcome wouldn't be known for more than a month because of disputed votes in Florida.
United States presidential election, 2000
1989
L. Douglas Wilder was elected governor of Virginia. He became the nation's first elected black governor.
Douglas Wilder
1987
Coup in Tunisia. In a bloodless coup in Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali took over the Presidentship of Tunisia from President Habib Bourguiba.
1987 Tunisian coup d'état
1967
Carl Stokes of Cleveland became the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city.
Carl Stokes
1962
Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt died in New York City at age 78.
Eleanor Roosevelt
1947
Coup in Thailand. The military staged a coup against Thawan Thamrong Nawasawat and installed Khuang Aphaiwong as Prime Minister.
Siamese coup d'état of 1947
1944
President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.
United States presidential election, 1944
1931
Chinese People's Republic proclaimed by Mao Zedong.
Chinese Civil War
1917
October Revolution. The Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, took over the winter palace and ended the rule of the post-Tsarist provisional government and transferred all powers to the communists in Russia
October Revolution
1916
First woman to be elected to US Congress. Jeannette Rankin from Montana became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jeannette Rankin
1874
The Republican Party was first symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon drawn by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly magazine.
Thomas Nast
1872
Cargo ship Mary Celeste sails from Staten Island for Genoa; mysteriously found abandoned 4 weeks later.
Mary Celeste
1869
First inter-city cycle race. The first city to city cycle race was held between Paris and Rouen. James Moore, an Englishman living in Paris at that time won the race.
Penny-farthing
1492
Ensisheim Meteorite strikes earth in a wheat field near village of Ensisheim in Alsace, France. Oldest meteorite with a known date of impact.
Ensisheim (meteorite)