Today is Thursday, Nov. 8, the 313th day of 2012. There are 53 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1909: The original Boston Opera House first opens with a performance of “La Gioconda” by Amilcare Ponchielli.
1932: New York Democratic Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats incumbent Republican Herbert Hoover for the presidency.
1942: Operation Torch, resulting in an Allied victory, begins during World War II as U.S. and British forces land in French North Africa.
1950: During the Korean War, the first jet-plane battle takes place as U.S. Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown shoots down a North Korean MiG-15.
1960: Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy defeats Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency.
1972: The premium cable TV network HBO (Home Box Office) makes its debut.
1988: Vice President George H.W. Bush wins the presidential election, defeating Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.
1994: Midterm elections result in Republicans winning a majority in the Senate while at the same time gaining control of the House for the first time in 40 years.
1987: Victor Posner and key members of his family received nearly $69 million in compensation between 1983 and 1986 from companies directory or indirectly connected to Sharon Steel Corp., documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court show.
Youngstown vice cops say the prostitution trade in Youngstown has seen a heavy decline since it was revealed that an Uptown streetwalker who died carried the AIDS virus.
Boardman High School’s Laurie Gomez captures her third straight high school cross-country championship at the state finals at Scioto Downs. She is the third Youngstown area runner to win a state title, behind Alan Scharsu of Austintown and Patty Metzler of Jackson-Milton.
1972: Rep. Charles J. Carney, Democrat, wins election to a second full term as 19th District congressman, defeating the Rev. Norman M. Parr 109,191 to 61,544 .
Thomas J. Carney, a Boardman Township trustee, defeats incumbent Walter H. Paulo in the 71st Ohio House District. Paulo was the only Republican of the three Mahoning County members of the state House.
Nina Thompson, 9, of 435 Breaden St., is fatally shot by a 9-year-old playmate who told police he was playing with what he thought was an unloaded 22-caliber revolver.
1962: Atty. Sidney Rigelhaupt runs well in Youngstown and sweeps the rest of Mahoning County to defeat Municipal Judge Don L. Hanni, 50,740 to 44,490, in the race for Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.
Testifying in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, Joseph “Joey” Naples says he has no idea why there was a secret room in the basement of his home at 605 Carlotta Dr. and that an arsenal that included stolen guns found there must have been put there by his dead brothers.
1937: Alex Scroczynski of New Castle, the 19-year-old pilot of a stunt plane, and his passenger, Daniel Durick Jr., 26, are killed when their plane crashes into the ground while performing loops over Castlewood, halfway between New Castle and Ellwood City.