Christopher Columbus arrives at the Caribbee Isles (Dominica) during his second expedition.
Leonardo da Vinci is commissioned to paint Lisa Gherardini (“Mona Lisa”).
The first parliament for five years opens in England and the Commons put forward bills against abuses amongst the clergy and in the church courts.
Thomas Paine is released from a Parisian jail with help from the American ambassador James Monroe. He was arrested for having offended the Robespierre faction.
American troops destroy the Indian village of Tallushatchee in the Mississippi Valley.
Ulysses S. Grant elected the 18th president of the United States.
A poorly trained Egyptian army, led by British General William Hicks, marches toward El Obeid in the Sudan–straight into a Mahdist ambush and massacre.
The U.S. Supreme Court declares American Indians to be “dependent aliens.”
First automatic telephone exchange goes into operation in La Porte, Indiana.
William McKinley is elected 25th president of the United States.
The first all-metal plane flies near Issy, France, piloted by Ponche and Prinard.
The German fleet at Kiel mutinies. This is the first act leading to Germany’s capitulation in World War I.
Milk drivers on strike dump thousands of gallons of milk onto New York City’s streets.
Left-wing groups in France form the Socialist and Republican Union.
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik II with the dog Laika, the first animal in space, aboard.
For the first time residents of Washington, D.C., are allowed to vote in a presidential election.
Lyndon B. Johnson is elected the 36th president of the United States.
Robert Kennedy, brother of the slain president, is elected as a senator from New York.
The Battle of Dak To begins in Vietnam’s Central Highlands; actually a series of engagements, the battle would continue through Nov. 22.
US President Richard Nixon, speaking on TV and radio, asks the “silent majority” of the American people to support his policies and the continuing war effort in Vietnam.
NASA launches Mariner 10, which will become the first probe to reach Mercury.
Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis kill 5 and wound 7 members of the Communist Workers Party during a “Death to the Klan” rally in Greensboro, NC; the incident becomes known as the Greensboro Massacre.
Jesse Jackson announces his candidacy for the office of president of the United States.
The Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa reports the US has secretly been selling weapons to Iran in order to secure the release of 7 American hostages being held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon.
Arkansas Governor Bill (William Jefferson) Clinton is elected 42nd president of the United States.
US imposes economic sanctions against Sudan in response to human rights abuses and support of Islamic extremist groups.
Born on November 3
John Montague, fourth Earl of Sandwich and inventor of the sandwich.
William Cullen Bryant, poet and journalist.
Karl Baedeker, German publisher, well known for travel guides.
Ignatius Donnelly, American social reformer best known for his book Atlantis: The Antediluvian World.
Andre Malraux, French novelist (Man’s Fate).
Walker Evans, photographer.
James “Scotty” Reston, New York Times reporter, editor and columnist.
Russell Long, U.S. senator from Louisiana from 1951 to 1968 and son of Huey P. Long.
Oodgeroo Noonuccal [Kath Walker], Australian Aboriginal poet.
Jeremy Brett, actor; best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the Granada TV productions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories about the detective.
Michael Dukakis, politician; the longest-serving governor in the history of the State of Massachusetts (1975-79, 1983-91); unsuccessful Democratic candidate for US presidency (1988).
Amartya Sen, Indian economist, winner of Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1998) for his work on economic theories of famines and social justice and indexes for measuring the well-being of citizens in developing countries.
Martin Cruz Smith, novelist (Gorky Park).
Larry Holmes, professional boxer known as The Easton Assassin; his 20 successful defenses of his heavyweight title is second only to Joe Louis’ record 25.
Roseanne Barr, comedian, actress, producer; best known for her starring role in the TV series Roseanne, for which she won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
David Ho, virologist, AIDS researcher.
Gary Ross, film director, screenwriter (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit).