Today is Tuesday, Nov. 6, the 311th day of 2012. There are 55 days left in the year. This is Election Day.
On this date in:
1860: Former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeats three other candidates for the presidency: John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas.
1861: Confederate President Jefferson Davis is elected to a six-year term of office.
1888: Republican Benjamin Harrison wins the presidential election, defeating Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland with an electoral vote count of 233-168, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.
1928: In a first, the results of Republican Herbert Hoover’s election victory over Democrat Alfred E. Smith are flashed onto an electric wraparound sign on the New York Times building.
1947: “Meet the Press” makes its debut on NBC.The first guest is James A. Farley, former postmaster general and former Democratic National Committee Chair; the host is the show’s co-creator, Martha Rountree.
1956: President Dwight D. Eisenhower wins re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.
1962: Democrat Edward M. Kennedy is elected Senator from Massachusetts.
1987: Mahoning County commissioners and a private-sector committee are developing a site proposal for the $39 million, 650 –bed state prison that Cleveland residents have rejected.
U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. acts as a mediator between Commercial Shearing management and striking members of the United Steelworkers Local 2332. Traficant recommends that the workers accept an offer of a 5-year pact that contains 11 cent per hour raises in the first year and 5 cents each of the next four years.
1972: The Dollar Savings & Trust Co. awards a contract for $5 million to the Bank Building Corp. of St. Louis for compete rebuilding and modernizing of the nine-story office building in downtown Youngstown. The project will take 21 months and include sheathing the outside of the building with a smooth granite face.
William Litch Jr. of Youngstown will challenge I.W. Abel, who is seeking his third term as president of the United Steelworkers of America.
1962: About 65,000 Mahoning County citizens vote by 4 p.m. as sunny skies and warm weather beckon voters to the polls, especially in suburban areas.
Clyde Miller, 64, and Oscar Hayden, 66, are killed when Miller pulls his pick-up truck into the path of a tanker truck at Route 7 and Western Reserve Road.
A tear gas bomb set for automatic detonation thwarts safecrackers in an attempt to make a big haul at the main offices of the Borden Dairy plant at 6330 Market St. Boardman police say yeggs cracked the outer safe door, but when they swung it open a tear gas bomb exploded.
1937: Ida Tarbell, the crusading journalist who was once a school teacher at Poland Seminary, says “a little muckraking of the old kind” would help unearth political corruption and “industrial pigheadedness” in the United States. She was interviewed in New York on her 80th birthday.