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)
James A. Farley, left, joins New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Louis Howe shown in April 1932.  Roosevelt with manager and secretary.  No other information available.  (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)
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)
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)
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)
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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)
James A. Farley, left, joins New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Louis Howe shown in April 1932.  Roosevelt with manager and secretary.  No other information available.  (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)
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)
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)

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2019. There are 55 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 6, 1984, President Ronald Reagan won re-election by a landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Democratic challenger.

On this date:

In 1814, Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, was born in Dinant, Belgium.

In 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.

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

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

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

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.

In 2012, President Barack Obama was elected to a second term of office, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

In 2016, FBI Director James Comey abruptly announced that Democrat Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges related to newly discovered emails from her tenure at the State Department.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama signed a $24 billion economic stimulus bill, hours after the government reported that the unemployment rate had hit 10.2 percent in Oct. 2009 for the second time since World War II.

Five years ago: The march toward same-sex marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states: Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. (A divided U.S. Supreme Court overturned the laws in June 2015.) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reassured Jordan’s King Abdullah that he would not yield to increasing demands by some members of his center-right coalition to allow Jews to pray at a Muslim-run holy site in Jerusalem.

One year ago: Democrats seized the House majority in the midterm elections, but Republicans gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a “blue wave” that never fully materialized. In Texas, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz staved off a tough challenge from Democrat Beto O’Rourke. Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was defeated by state education chief Tony Evers.

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