Here’s What Happened On This Day in History: November 6

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Here's what happened on this day in history November 6
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ON THIS DAY


1860 – Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of United States.

Lincoln being carried by two men on a long board.

The Rail Candidate—Lincoln’s 1860 candidacy is depicted by crtitics as held up by the slavery issue—a slave on the left and party organization on the right.





1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.

Jefferson Davis is sworn in as Provisional President of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861, on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol.

Jefferson Davis is sworn in as Provisional President of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861, on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol.





1869 – In New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers College defeats Princeton University (then known as the College of New Jersey), 6–4, in the first official intercollegiate American football game.

An early American football team, from the turn of the twentieth century

An early American football team, from the turn of the twentieth century.





1928 – Herbert Hoover is elected the 31st President of the United States.

Inauguration of Hoover

Inauguration of Hoover.





1944 – Plutonium is first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility and subsequently used in the Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.

Nuclear reactors line the riverbank at the Hanford Site

Nuclear reactors line the riverbank at the Hanford Site along the Columbia River in January 1960. The N Reactor is in the foreground, with the twin KE and KW Reactors in the immediate background. The historic B Reactor, the world’s first plutonium production reactor, is visible in the distance.





1945 – Concerned that her cover was about to be blown, Elizabeth Bentley turns herself in to the FBI and confesses she had been spying for the Soviet Union.

Elizabeth Bentley, American former spy for the Soviet Union.

Elizabeth Bentley, American former spy for the Soviet Union.





1947 – Meet the Press, the longest running television program in history, makes its debut.

Russert interviews General Peter Pace in 2006.

Russert interviews General Peter Pace in 2006.





1956 – Dwight D. Eisenhower is re-elected President of the United States.

Eisenhower (far right) with three unidentified men in 1919, four years after graduating from West Point

Eisenhower (far right) with three unidentified men in 1919, four years after graduating from West Point.





1984 – Ronald Reagan is reelected President of the United States.

Nancy and Ronald Reagan aboard a boat in California, 1964

Nancy and Ronald Reagan aboard a boat in California, 1964.





2012 – Barack Obama is re-elected President of the United States; Tammy Baldwin becomes the first openly gay politician to be elected to the United States Senate.

Obama speaking with a soldier stationed in Iraq, 2006

Obama speaking with a soldier stationed in Iraq, 2006