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T.W.I.H: November 3 - 9

November 3rd, 2014: One World Trade Center officially opens in New York City, on the site of the Twin Towers. “One World Trade Center officially opens in Manhattan on November 3, 2014. The new tower, along with the rest of the World Trade Center complex, replaced the Twin Towers and surrounding complex, which were destroyed by terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.”

November 4th, 2008: Barack Obama elected as America’s first black president. “Senator Barack Obama of Illinois defeats Senator John McCain of Arizona to become the 44th U.S. president, and the first African American elected to the White House.”

November 5th, 1994: George Foreman becomes oldest heavyweight champ. “On this day in 1994, George Foreman, age 45, becomes boxing’s oldest heavyweight champion when he defeats 26-year-old Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their WBA fight in Las Vegas.”

November 6th, 1860: Abraham Lincoln elected president. “Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency.”

November 7th, 1885: Canada’s transcontinental railway completed. “At a remote spot called Craigellachie in the mountains of British Columbia, the last spike is driven into Canada’s first transcontinental railway.”

November 8th, 1895: German scientist discovers X-rays. “On this day in 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen (1845-1923) becomes the first person to observe X-rays, a significant scientific advancement that would ultimately benefit a variety of fields, most of all medicine, by making the invisible visible.”

November 9th, 1965: Antiwar protester sets himself afire. “In the second such antiwar incident within a week, Roger Allen LaPorte, a 22-year-old member of the Catholic Worker movement, immolates himself in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York. Before dying the next day, LaPorte declared, “I’m against wars, all wars. I did this as a religious act.””

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