Today is Thursday, Nov. 3, the 308th day of 2016. There are 58 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1839: The first Opium War between China and Britain breaks out.
1936: President Franklin D. Roosevelt wins a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred M. “Alf” Landon.
1957: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite, into orbit; on board is a dog named Laika, who is sacrificed in the experiment.
1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson soundly defeats Republican Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right.
1986: The Iran-Contra affair comes to light as Ash-Shiraa, a pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first breaks the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran.
2006: U.S. Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, who pleaded guilty in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation, resigns from Congress.
2015: Ohio voters reject a ballot proposal that would have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana.
1991: Tim Benton says he will spend $1.5 million to restore the Buhl Mansion on East State Street in Sharon to the way it looked the day Frank and Julia Buhl moved into it in 1896.
A character appearing in the “Gasoline Alley” comic strip that was based on Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Peter C. Economus will still look like the judge, but his name has been removed from the strip by editors at the syndicators, Tribune Media Services Inc.
Jim Tressel’s Youngstown State Penguins defeat Georgia Southern, the defending Division I-AA champions, 19-17, in Statesboro, Ga.
1976: Richard A. Jakmas, a 58-year-old retired Ohio State Highway Patrol captain, defeats incumbent Trumbull County Sheriff Robert A. Barnett, 46,375 to 39,017.
Former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter defeats President Gerald Ford, winning Ohio by about 6,300 votes out of more than 4 million votes cast. Carter carried Mahoning County by more than 25,000 votes.
U.S. Rep. Charles J. Carney, D-19th, defeats his Republican challenger, Youngstown Mayor Jack C. Hunter, 90,538 to 85,864.
1966: Thomas R. Thomas, 36, of Youngstown and Robert L. Boyce, 23, of Warren are killed instantly when the car Thomas was driving north in Route 46 just south of the Niles line went off the road and slammed into a large tree.
Gov. James A. Rhodes tells a Republican rally at the Calvin Center in Niles that Ohio needs 1,000 new jobs a week to keep pace with young people entering the job market.
Gov. Rhodes puts his stamp of approval on the proposed Mahoning County Community College during a stop at college campaign headquarters on Youngstown’s Central Square.
A representative of the Ohio Department of Health is scheduled to meet Niles officials to try to trace the source of industrial fumes causing discoloration of homes on the city’s West End.
J.C. Penney has a pre-Christmas sale for youngsters, with plaid or fur-trimmed coats for girls at $12; boys velour pullovers for $3.99 and dress and casual pants for $2.99.
1941: Poland firefighters rescue Mrs. Carl Beggs and her three young children after a coal heating stove set fire to the filling station and restaurant under their apartment. Damage is estimated at $2,000.
The Rev. L.J. Rohrbaugh completes 37 years as pastor of Mount Olivet Evangelical and Reformed Church of North Lima.
More than 100 shooters participated in the Hunters Special Shoot at the Mahoning Valley Gun Club. Youngstown, Salem, Pittsburgh, Lisbon, Greenville, Niles and Warren shooters were entered.