Today in History: Nov. 6

On this date in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of January 1, 1863. (AP Photo)
In 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency: John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas. (AP Photo) (AP)
This was the scene during the inauguration of the President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, Feb. 18, 1861, in Montgomery, Ala., painted by artist James Mamelon from a photograph taken on the spot and owned by Col. William C. Howell.  (AP Photo)
In 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term of office. This was the scene during the inauguration of Davis, Feb. 18, 1861, in Montgomery, Ala., painted by artist James Mamelon from a photograph taken on the spot and owned by Col. William C. Howell. (AP Photo) (AP)
U.S. President-elect Ronald Reagan, left, and Vice President-elect George Bush share a laugh during their first news conference in which they announced their transitional team in Los Angeles, Ca., Nov. 6, 1980.  (AP Photo)
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan won re-election by a landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Democratic challenger. U.S. President-elect Ronald Reagan, left, and Vice President-elect George Bush share a laugh during their first news conference in which they announced their transitional team in Los Angeles, Ca., Nov. 6, 1980. (AP Photo) (AP)
Structures in the back lot of Universal Studios burn in the Universal City section of Los Angeles on Nov. 6, 1990. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
In 1990, about one-fifth of the Universal Studios backlot in southern California was destroyed in an arson fire. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Reed Saxon)
An Israeli woman lays a flower at the grave of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin during a memorial at Mount Hertzl cemetery in Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 4, 2005. On the 10-year anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the official who was responsible for the Israeli leader's security is calling for a new investigation into the killing. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
In 1995, funeral services were held in Jerusalem for assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. An Israeli woman lays a flower at the grave of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin during a memorial at Mount Hertzl cemetery in Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 4, 2005. On the 10-year anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the official who was responsible for the Israeli leader’s security is calling for a new investigation into the killing. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer) (AP/KEVIN FRAYER)
President Barack Obama exits Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., the day after he was re-elected President, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Ten years ago: President-elect Barack Obama spoke by phone with nine world leaders and met privately at the FBI office in Chicago with U.S. intelligence officials, preparing to become commander in chief. In this photo, Obama exits Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., the day after he was re-elected President, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) (AP/Cliff Owen)
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 15, 1985 file photo, John A. Walker Jr., is escorted by a U.S. marshal to the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md. after a pretrial hearing in Baltimore. The former U.S. Navy Warrant Officer convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
In 1986, former Navy radioman John A. Walker Jr., the admitted head of a family spy ring, was sentenced in Baltimore to life imprisonment. (Walker died in prison in 2014 at age 77.) FILE – In this Thursday, Aug. 15, 1985 file photo, John A. Walker Jr., is escorted by a U.S. marshal to the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md. after a pretrial hearing in Baltimore. The former U.S. Navy Warrant Officer convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) (AP/Ron Edmonds)
New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, right, talks with Martha Rountree on "Meet the Press," on December 19, 1952.  (AP Photo)
In 1947, “Meet the Press” made its debut on NBC; the first guest was James A. Farley, former postmaster general and former Democratic National Committee Chair; the host was the show’s co-creator, Martha Rountree. New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, right, talks with Martha Rountree on “Meet the Press,” on December 19, 1952. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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On this date in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of January 1, 1863. (AP Photo)
This was the scene during the inauguration of the President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, Feb. 18, 1861, in Montgomery, Ala., painted by artist James Mamelon from a photograph taken on the spot and owned by Col. William C. Howell.  (AP Photo)
U.S. President-elect Ronald Reagan, left, and Vice President-elect George Bush share a laugh during their first news conference in which they announced their transitional team in Los Angeles, Ca., Nov. 6, 1980.  (AP Photo)
Structures in the back lot of Universal Studios burn in the Universal City section of Los Angeles on Nov. 6, 1990. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
An Israeli woman lays a flower at the grave of late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin during a memorial at Mount Hertzl cemetery in Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 4, 2005. On the 10-year anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the official who was responsible for the Israeli leader's security is calling for a new investigation into the killing. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
President Barack Obama exits Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., the day after he was re-elected President, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 15, 1985 file photo, John A. Walker Jr., is escorted by a U.S. marshal to the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md. after a pretrial hearing in Baltimore. The former U.S. Navy Warrant Officer convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, right, talks with Martha Rountree on "Meet the Press," on December 19, 1952.  (AP Photo)

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2018. There are 55 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 6, 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln of the Republican Party was elected President of the United States as he defeated John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas.

On this date:

In 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term of office.

In 1893, composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg, Russia, at age 53.

In 1906, Republican Charles Evans Hughes was elected governor of New York, defeating newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.

In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.

In 1962, Democrat Edward M. Kennedy was elected Senator from Massachusetts.

In 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam in Georgia burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan won re-election by a landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Democratic challenger.

In 1986, former Navy radioman John A. Walker Jr., the admitted head of a family spy ring, was sentenced in Baltimore to life imprisonment. (Walker died in prison in 2014 at age 77.)

In 1990, about one-fifth of the Universal Studios backlot in southern California was destroyed in an arson fire.

In 1995, funeral services were held in Jerusalem for assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

In 1997, former President George H.W. Bush opened his presidential library at Texas A&M University; among the guests of honor was President Clinton, the man who’d sent him into retirement.

In 2001, billionaire Republican Michael Bloomberg won New York City’s mayoral race, defeating Democrat Mark Green.

Ten years ago: President-elect Barack Obama spoke by phone with nine world leaders and met privately at the FBI office in Chicago with U.S. intelligence officials, preparing to become commander in chief.

Five years ago: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, testifying before the Senate Finance Committee on the nation’s health care law, was blistered by Republicans who bluntly challenged her honesty, pushed for her resignation and demanded unsuccessfully that she concede President Barack Obama had deliberately misled the public about his signature domestic program. At the Country Music Association Awards, Miranda Lambert won her fourth straight female vocalist of the year award while her husband, Blake Shelton, won album of the year and male vocalist — a category he also won for the fourth year in a row.

One year ago: President Donald Trump told reporters in Tokyo that North Korea was “a threat to the civilized world.” The Television Academy became the latest movie or TV organization to expel Harvey Weinstein. Former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner reported to prison in Massachusetts to begin a 21-month sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl. The Air Force acknowledged that it had failed to report to the FBI that Devin Patrick Kelley, the gunman who killed more than two dozen people at a Texas church, had been convicted of domestic violence at an Air Force court-martial in 2012.

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