Today in history: Nov. 2

Mount Rushmore
In 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states with the signing of proclamations by President Benjamin Harrison. FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2016 file photo, the faces of the presidents that make up the Mount Rushmore monument are shown near Keystone, S.D. The chief carver of Mount Rushmore who was responsible for refining the expressions on the faces of the monument’s four presidents was honored Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, with a plaque that recognizes his work. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) (AP/David Zalubowski)
Russian cosmonauts Sergei Krikalyov, right, Yuri Gidzenko and U.S. astronaut Bill Shepherd, left, pose before launching at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000. They became the first residents of the international space station, christening it Alpha on Nov. 2, 2000. (AP Photo/Pool)
In 2000, American astronaut Bill Shepherd and two Russian cosmonauts, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev, became the first residents of the international space station. (AP Photo/Pool) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn depart the Plains, Ga.,  polling place, Nov. 2, 1976.  The candidate was the fifth person to vote in his precinct. The former governor will spend the day resting up for an evening in Atlanta where he will watch the returns. (AP Photo)
On Nov. 2, 1976, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter became the first candidate from the Deep South since the Civil War to be elected president as he defeated incumbent Gerald R. Ford. Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn depart the Plains, Ga., polling place, Nov. 2, 1976. The candidate was the fifth person to vote in his precinct. The former governor will spend the day resting up for an evening in Atlanta where he will watch the returns. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Anonymous)
James Knox Polk, eleventh President of the United States who served from 1845 to 1849. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
In 1795, the 11th president of the United States, James Knox Polk, was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers) (Getty Images/National Archives)
Howard Hughes, industrialist, film producer and pilot, poses in the cockpit of his new racing plane after a test flight in Los Angeles August 17, 1935.  The plane, nearly two years in construction at a cost believed to be more than $100,000, was to be piloted by Hughes in the Bendix race from Los Angeles to Cleveland. (AP Photo)
In 1947, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules (derisively dubbed the “Spruce Goose” by detractors), on its only flight, which lasted about a minute over Long Beach Harbor in California. Here, Hughes poses in the cockpit of his racing plane after a test flight in Los Angeles August 17, 1935. (AP Photo) (AP)
George Bernard Shaw lapsed into unconsciousness Nov 1, 1950 and was believed close to death. The 94-year-old playwright has been getting weaker since an operation seven weeks ago to pin together a thigh bone he broke when he slipped in his garden. (AP Photo)
In 1950, playwright George Bernard Shaw, 94, died in Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England. (AP Photo) (AP)
FILE - This April 3, 2017, file photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter feed on a computer screen in Washington.  President Donald Trump violates the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter for political speech, a judge ruled Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
In 2017, Twitter reported that a customer support worker who was on his or her last day on the job had deactivated President Donald Trump’s Twitter account for a few minutes, resulting in an error message that the user “does not exist.” FILE – This April 3, 2017, file photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed on a computer screen in Washington. President Donald Trump violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter for political speech, a judge ruled Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File) (AP/J. David Ake)
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Mount Rushmore
Russian cosmonauts Sergei Krikalyov, right, Yuri Gidzenko and U.S. astronaut Bill Shepherd, left, pose before launching at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000. They became the first residents of the international space station, christening it Alpha on Nov. 2, 2000. (AP Photo/Pool)
Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn depart the Plains, Ga.,  polling place, Nov. 2, 1976.  The candidate was the fifth person to vote in his precinct. The former governor will spend the day resting up for an evening in Atlanta where he will watch the returns. (AP Photo)
James Knox Polk, eleventh President of the United States who served from 1845 to 1849. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
Howard Hughes, industrialist, film producer and pilot, poses in the cockpit of his new racing plane after a test flight in Los Angeles August 17, 1935.  The plane, nearly two years in construction at a cost believed to be more than $100,000, was to be piloted by Hughes in the Bendix race from Los Angeles to Cleveland. (AP Photo)
George Bernard Shaw lapsed into unconsciousness Nov 1, 1950 and was believed close to death. The 94-year-old playwright has been getting weaker since an operation seven weeks ago to pin together a thigh bone he broke when he slipped in his garden. (AP Photo)
FILE - This April 3, 2017, file photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter feed on a computer screen in Washington.  President Donald Trump violates the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter for political speech, a judge ruled Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Today is Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2018.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 2, 1976, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter became the first candidate from the Deep South since the Civil War to be elected president as he defeated incumbent Gerald R. Ford.

On this date:

In 1783, General George Washington issued his Farewell Address to the Army near Princeton, New Jersey.

In 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states with the signing of proclamations by President Benjamin Harrison.

In 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issued a declaration expressing support for a “national home” for the Jews in Palestine.

In 1930, Haile Selassie (HY’-lee sehl-AH’-see) was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.

In 1947, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules (derisively dubbed the “Spruce Goose” by detractors), on its only flight, which lasted about a minute over Long Beach Harbor in California.

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman surprised the experts by winning a narrow upset over Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey.

In 1950, playwright George Bernard Shaw, 94, died in Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England.

In 1959, game show contestant Charles Van Doren admitted to a House subcommittee that he’d been given questions and answers in advance when he appeared on the N-B-C T-V program “Twenty-One.”

In 1986, kidnappers in Lebanon released American hospital administrator David Jacobsen after holding him for 17 months.

In 1992, movie producer Hal Roach died in Los Angeles at age 100.

In 1994, a jury in Pensacola, Florida, convicted Paul Hill of murder for the shotgun slayings of an abortion provider and his bodyguard; Hill was executed in September 2003.

In 2000, American astronaut Bill Shepherd and two Russian cosmonauts, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev, became the first residents of the international space station.

In 2008: Barack Obama and John McCain uncorked massive get-out-the-vote operations in more than a dozen battleground states the Sunday before Election Day. Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, died in Honolulu at age 86. Paula Radcliffe defended her title at the New York City Marathon to become the second woman to win the race three times; Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil won the men’s race for the second time in three years.

In 2013: Gunmen abducted and killed French radio journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in northern Mali, grabbing the pair as they left the home of a rebel leader.

In 2017: President Donald Trump tapped Jerome Powell to replace Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve chair at the end of her term in February. Authorities in Los Angeles and New York said they had opened new investigations prompted by sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Twitter reported that a customer support worker who was on his or her last day on the job had deactivated President Donald Trump’s Twitter account for a few minutes, resulting in an error message that the user “does not exist.”

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