Today is Monday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2019. There are 57 days left in the year.
Sixty years ago: The community of Red Cloud was faced with a school problem. The state’s fire marshal’s office ordered extensive repairs to the town’s elementary school which were estimated to cost $40,000. The state said the work must be completed before Sept. 1, 1960.
Fifty years ago: President Nixon revealed a plan for extricating the United States from the war in Vietnam. The plan brought a flood of approval from lawmakers and citizens. More than 490,000 Americans were serving in Vietnam.
Forty years ago: Sean Grosvenor, Fairfield’s police chief since January, resigned to accept a position with the Minden Police Department. Nels Sorenson would replace him.
Thirty years ago: US Ecology surveyors were being denied access onto property by landowners to do environmental studies for the proposed nuclear waste storage facility in Nuckolls County.
Twenty years ago: The Adams County Board of Supervisors approved letting middle school students use the Courthouse Annex building at Fifth Street and Denver Avenue after school for seven months.
Ten years ago: Fire from an unattended candle destroyed a single-family home at 614 S. Kansas Ave. No one was in the residence at the time of the fire. It was owned by Victoriano and Dawnell Panganiban.
One year ago: A record number of Nebraskans were registered to vote in the 2018 midterm elections according to Secretary of State John Gale, There were 1.2 million people registered statewide, and turnout was predicted at 56%.
Highlight in history
On Nov. 4, 1980, Republican Ronald Reagan won the White House as he defeated President Jimmy Carter by a strong margin.
Today in Nebraska
In 1858, the Legislature organized Merrick County.
In 1919, a special election was held to pick 100 delegates to a state constitutional convention.
In 1950, Grover Cleveland Alexander, a pitcher in baseball’s Hall of Fame, died in his hometown of St. Paul.
In 1986, Kay Orr defeated Helen Boosalis in the nation’s first woman-versus-woman gubernatorial election.
In 1988, the National Credit Union Administration closed Franklin Community Federal Credit Union in Omaha.
On this date
In 1862, inventor Richard J. Gatling received a U.S. patent for his rapid-fire Gatling gun.
In 1879, humorist Will Rogers was born in Oologah, Oklahoma.
In 1916, CBS newsman Walter Cronkite was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri.
In 1922, the entrance to King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in Egypt.
In 1955, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young died in Newcomerstown, Ohio, at age 88.
In 1956, Soviet troops moved in to crush the Hungarian Revolution.
In 1979, the Iran hostage crisis began as militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran, seizing its occupants; for some of them, it was the start of 444 days of captivity.
In 1991, Ronald Reagan opened his presidential library in Simi Valley, California; attending were President George H.W. Bush and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and Richard Nixon — the first-ever gathering of five past and present U.S. chief executives.
In 2001, Hurricane Michelle roared across Cuba, forcing the government to shut down power for much of the communist island and evacuate 750,000 people.
Sources: The Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Assn. and World Almanac Education Group
In 2007, King Tutankhamen’s face was unveiled for the first time to the public more than 3,000 years after the pharaoh was buried in his Egyptian tomb.
In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States, defeating Republican John McCain. California voters approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, overturning a state Supreme Court decision that gave gay couples the right to wed just months earlier.
Ten years ago: An Italian judge convicted 23 Americans in absentia along with two Italians in the kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect, delivering the first legal convictions anywhere in the world against people involved in the CIA’s extraordinary renditions program. The New York Yankees won the World Series, beating the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 behind Hideki Matsui’s record-tying six RBIs. Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was released after serving most of a 15-month sentence in a gambling scandal.
Five years ago: Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House during the 2014 elections. A Russian member of the Taliban made his first appearance in a federal court in Richmond, Virginia, marking the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan had been brought to the U.S. for trial. (In August 2015, a federal jury convicted Irek Hamidullin of planning and leading a Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan; he was sentenced to life in prison.)
One year ago: Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Mary Keitany of Kenya were the men’s and women’s winners in the New York City Marathon, which organizers said had set a record for the most finishers of any marathon worldwide - 52,812. The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” collected $50 million in weekend ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada on its opening weekend, beating expectations.
Today in Sports
In 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees 3-2 in Game 7 to win the World Series, making the 4-year-old franchise the fastest expansion team to win the MLB championship.
Fact of the day
The peripheral rooms of King Tutankhamen’s burial chamber had been looted before Howard Carter’s discovery in 1922, while the room in which Tut was actually buried remained completely intact.
Number of the day
444 — days that 52 of the American hostages in Iran were held captive, until Jan. 20, 1981.
First quarter moon (Nov. 4).