Highlights of this day in history: Bolshevik Revolution takes place; America's 2000 presidential vote faces limbo; Nixon loses Calif. governor's race; Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses; Evangelist Billy Graham and singer Joni Mitchell born. (Nov. 7)
TIM MAGUIRE: November 7, 1917-- The Bolshevik Revolution takes place in Russia. Forces led by Vladimir Lenin overthrow the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.
And what eventually emerges-- the Soviet Union, the world's first communist state. 2000--
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TIM MAGUIRE: Americans vote in a presidential election whose outcome remains in limbo for more than a month. The race between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore hinges on Florida's disputed electoral votes. Bush becomes president after a legal fight that leads all the way to the US Supreme Court.
Also, that same year, Hillary Clinton becomes the first First Lady to win public office, when she's elected to a US Senate seat from New York. This happens 74 years to the day that Jeannette Rankin, of Montana, becomes the first woman elected to Congress. 1962-- former Vice President Richard Nixon tells reporters, after losing the California governor's race--
RICHARD NIXON: As I leave you, I want you to know-- just think how much you're going to be missing. You don't have Nixon to kick around anymore. Because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.
TIM MAGUIRE: But Nixon makes a comeback just six years later, when he wins the White House. 1940-- in Washington state, what's considered one of the most dramatic failures in bridge engineering-- the middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses during a windstorm, just four months after the suspension bridge opens. No lives are lost, because the bridge was already closed to traffic at the time of the collapse. 1918--
BILLY GRAHAM: Those Ten Commandments stand. They are God's moral law, and when you break them, you have sinned.
TIM MAGUIRE: Billy Graham, the evangelist known for his global preaching and his friendships with American presidents, is born in Charlotte, North Carolina. 1991-- NBA star Magic Johnson says he's retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers, after testing positive for the AIDS virus.
[MUSIC PLAYING - JONI MITCHELL, "PARKING LOT"]
JONI MITCHELL: (SINGING) You don't know what you've--
TIM MAGUIRE: In 1943--
JONI MITCHELL: (SINGING) --got till it's gone. They paved paradise, put a parking lot. SHOO-BOP-BOP-BOP-BOP.
TIM MAGUIRE: Joni Mitchell, singer and songwriter, is born in Port MacLeod Alberta, Canada. "Today in History." November 7. Tim McGuire, "The Associated Press."
JONI MITCHELL: (SINGING) --a big yellow taxi took away my old man.