Today in History: Nov. 7

FILE - In this 1932 file photo, boxer Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion, poses in New York City. President Donald Trump on Thursday, May 24, 2018, granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after a racially-charged conviction. Sylvester Stallone has announced plans for a biopic on the first African American heavyweight champion. (AP Photo/File)
In 1912, black boxing champion Jack Johnson was indicted in Chicago for allegedly violating the Mann Act with a white woman, Belle Schreiber. (Johnson was convicted and sentenced to a year in prison; he fled the U.S., later returning to serve his term. The Mann Act was also known as the White Slave Traffic Act, but was used in all types of cases.) FILE – In this 1932 file photo, boxer Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion, poses in New York City. President Donald Trump on Thursday, May 24, 2018, granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson’s name more than 100 years after a racially-charged conviction. Sylvester Stallone has announced plans for a biopic on the first African American heavyweight champion. (AP Photo/File) (AP)
Jeannette Rankin, first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives in Atlanta May 19, 1967, says war is nothing more than a method of settling a dispute, and that the whole war system is very stupid. Miss Rankin, 86, is the only member of Congress to oppose this country’s entry into both world wars. She addressed an Atlantans for Peace meeting  on Thursday. (AP Photo)
In 1916, Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress. (AP Photo)
John Lennon, Yoko Ono
In 1966, John Lennon first met Yoko Ono at the Indica Gallery in London. FILE – In this April 18, 1972 file photo, John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, leave a U.S. Immigration hearing in New York City. Mark David Chapman, who shot and killed Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980, was denied parole for a tenth time by New York’s Parole Board on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. He will be up for parole again in August 2020. (AP Photo, FIle) (AP)
Delivering a brief inaugural address from the portico of the White House, President Franklin D. Roosevelt calls for "a durable peace," Jan. 20, 1945. Others, from left: Edwin Halsey, Secretary of State; three unidentified Secret Service agents; Col. James Roosevelt USMCR; Maj. Gen. Edwin Watson, partially obscured; and Vice President Harry S. Truman. (AP Photo)
On Nov. 7, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Republican Thomas E. Dewey. Delivering a brief inaugural address from the portico of the White House, President Franklin D. Roosevelt calls for “a durable peace,” Jan. 20, 1945. Others, from left: Edwin Halsey, Secretary of State; three unidentified Secret Service agents; Col. James Roosevelt USMCR; Maj. Gen. Edwin Watson, partially obscured; and Vice President Harry S. Truman. (AP Photo) (AP)
U.S. President Richard M. Nixon, right, and Vice-president Spiro T. Agnew wave to the Republican National Convention delegates in Miami, Fla., Aug. 23, 1972, who nominated them to run for re-election. (AP Photo)
In 1972, President Richard Nixon was re-elected in a landslide over Democrat George McGovern. (AP Photo) (AP)
Louis Stokes
In 1967, Carl Stokes was elected the first black mayor of a major city — Cleveland, Ohio. FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998, file photo, Rep. Louis Stokes, D-Ohio, announces, at the Carl B. Stokes Social Services Mall in Cleveland, that he will retire from Congress at the end of the year. Stokes, a 15-term Ohio congressman who took on tough assignments looking into assassinations and scandals, died late Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. Stokes was 90. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) (AP)
Magic Johnson, Tracy Morgan
In 1991, basketball star Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for the AIDS virus, and was retiring. (Despite his HIV status, Johnson has been able to sustain himself with medication.) Here, Magic Johnson and actor/comedian Tracy Morgan sit on the sideline during first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (AP)
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FILE - In this 1932 file photo, boxer Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion, poses in New York City. President Donald Trump on Thursday, May 24, 2018, granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after a racially-charged conviction. Sylvester Stallone has announced plans for a biopic on the first African American heavyweight champion. (AP Photo/File)
Jeannette Rankin, first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives in Atlanta May 19, 1967, says war is nothing more than a method of settling a dispute, and that the whole war system is very stupid. Miss Rankin, 86, is the only member of Congress to oppose this country’s entry into both world wars. She addressed an Atlantans for Peace meeting  on Thursday. (AP Photo)
John Lennon, Yoko Ono
Delivering a brief inaugural address from the portico of the White House, President Franklin D. Roosevelt calls for "a durable peace," Jan. 20, 1945. Others, from left: Edwin Halsey, Secretary of State; three unidentified Secret Service agents; Col. James Roosevelt USMCR; Maj. Gen. Edwin Watson, partially obscured; and Vice President Harry S. Truman. (AP Photo)
U.S. President Richard M. Nixon, right, and Vice-president Spiro T. Agnew wave to the Republican National Convention delegates in Miami, Fla., Aug. 23, 1972, who nominated them to run for re-election. (AP Photo)
Louis Stokes
Magic Johnson, Tracy Morgan

Today is Thursday, Nov. 7, the 311th day of 2019.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 7, 1972, President Richard Nixon was re-elected in a landslide over Democrat George McGovern.

On this date:

In 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln replaced Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan as commander of the Army of the Potomac with Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside.

In 1912, black boxing champion Jack Johnson was indicted in Chicago for allegedly violating the Mann Act with a white woman, Belle Schreiber. (Johnson was convicted and sentenced to a year in prison; he fled the U.S., later returning to serve his term. The Mann Act was also known as the White Slave Traffic Act, but was used in all types of cases.)

In 1917, Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.

In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Republican Thomas E. Dewey.

In 1962, Richard M. Nixon, having lost California’s gubernatorial race, held what he called his “last press conference,“ telling reporters, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.“

In 1966, John Lennon first met Yoko Ono at the Indica Gallery in London.

In 1967, Carl Stokes was elected the first black mayor of a major city — Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1973, Congress overrode President Richard Nixon’s veto of the War Powers Act, which limits a chief executive’s power to wage war without congressional approval.

In 1991, basketball star Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for HIV, and was retiring. (Despite his HIV status, Johnson has been able to sustain himself with medication.)

In 2001, the Bush administration targeted Osama bin Laden’s multi-million-dollar financial networks, closing businesses in four states, detaining U.S. suspects and urging allies to help choke off money supplies in 40 nations.

In 2005, President George W. Bush, in Panama, defended U.S. interrogation practices and called the treatment of terrorism suspects lawful, saying, “We do not torture.“

In 2013, shares of Twitter went on sale to the public for the first time; by the closing bell, the social network was valued at $31 billion.

Ten years ago: In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed, 220-215, landmark health care legislation to expand coverage to tens of millions lacking it and place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry. David Haye won the WBA heavyweight title with a majority decision over Nikolai Valuev in Nuremberg, Germany.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama authorized a broad expansion of the U.S. military mission in Iraq that called for boosting the total number of American troops there to about 3,100.

One year ago: A gunman killed 12 people at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., before apparently taking his own life as officers closed in; the victims included a man who had survived the mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas. After more than a year of blistering attacks from President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out of that post. The White House suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference. (A federal judge later ordered the administration to immediately return Acosta’s press credentials; the White House dropped its effort to bar Acosta but warned he could have his credentials pulled again.) Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office.

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