The Republican Party was first symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon drawn by Thomas Nast in Harper’s Weekly magazine.
Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.
Vladimir Lenin’s forces overthrew Alexander Kerensky’s government in Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.
Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt died in New York City at age 78.
Carl Stokes of Cleveland became the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city.
L. Douglas Wilder was elected governor of Virginia. He became the nation’s first elected black governor.
The U.S. went to the polls to choose between George W. Bush and Al Gore. The outcome wouldn’t be known for more than a month because of disputed votes in Florida.