This Day in History: Nov. 8

On this day, Nov. 8 …

2016: Republican Donald Trump is elected America’s 45th president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice. 

Also on this day:

  • 1892: President Grover Cleveland defeats incumbent Benjamin Harrison, becoming the first (and, to date, only) chief executive to win non-consecutive terms to the White House.
  • 1923: Adolf Hitler launches his first attempt at seizing power in Germany with a failed coup in Munich that would become known as the “Beer-Hall Putsch.”
  • 1960: Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy defeats Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency.
  • 1972: HBO (Home Box Office) makes its debut with a showing of the movie “Sometimes a Great Notion.”
  • 1974: A federal judge in Cleveland dismisses charges against eight Ohio National Guardsmen accused of violating the civil rights of students who were killed or wounded in the 1970 Kent State shootings.
  • 1994: The midterm elections result in Republicans winning a majority in the Senate while at the same time gaining control of the House for the first time in 40 years.
  • 2000: A statewide recount begins in Florida, which would emerge as critical in deciding the winner of the 2000 presidential election between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush.
  • 2000: Waco special counsel John C. Danforth releases his final report absolving the government of wrongdoing in the 1993 siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Texas.