Here’s What Happened On This Day in History: November 2

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Here's What Happened On This Day in History: November 2
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ON THIS DAY


1795 – James Polk is born: On this day in 1795, James Knox Polk is born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Reconstruction of the log cabin in which Polk was born

Reconstruction of the log cabin in which Polk was born.






1865 – Warren G. Harding is born: On this day in 1865, Warren Gamaliel Harding, the future 29th American president, is born in Corsica, Ohio.

Warren G. Harding's Childhood home in Caledonia, Ohio

Warren G. Harding’s Childhood home in Caledonia, Ohio.






1889 – North Dakota and South Dakota are admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. states.

Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills

Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills.






1920 – In the United States, KDKA of Pittsburgh starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station. The first broadcast is the result of the United States presidential election, 1920.

Photograph of the 9th floor KDKA transmission room. c. 1921

Photograph of the 9th floor KDKA transmission room. c. 1921.






1947 – In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the “Spruce Goose”), the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.

H-4 Hercules "Spruce Goose"

H-4 Hercules “Spruce Goose”.






1967 – Vietnam War: US President Lyndon B. Johnson and “The Wise Men” conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war.

Awarding a medal to a US soldier during a visit to Vietnam in 1966

Awarding a medal to a US soldier during a visit to Vietnam in 1966.






1983 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

President Ronald Reagan signs the bill commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a national holiday on Nov. 2, 1983 in the White House rose garden.

President Ronald Reagan signs the bill commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a national holiday on Nov. 2, 1983 in the White House rose garden.






2016 – The Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, ending the longest Major League Baseball championship drought at 108 years.

Anthony Rizzo after catching the final out of the World Series

Anthony Rizzo after catching the final out of the World Series.