ON THIS DAY
1860 – Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of United States.
1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.
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.
1928 – Herbert Hoover is elected the 31st President of the United States.
1944 – Plutonium is first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility and subsequently used in the Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.
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.
1947 – Meet the Press, the longest running television program in history, makes its debut.
1956 – Dwight D. Eisenhower is re-elected President of the United States.
1984 – Ronald Reagan is reelected President of the United States.
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.