On this day: November 6

POSTED: 03:33 PM PST Nov 05, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 05, 2015 

Abraham Lincoln is elected president, New Jersey hosts the first intercollegiate football game, Phil Donahue premieres his TV talk show, and the punk band the Sex Pistols make their debut, all on this day.

OTD November 6 - 1888 election
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1888: U.S. Sen. Benjamin Harrison, a Republican from Indiana, beats President Grover Cleveland in his re-election bid, 233 electoral votes to 168. Despite losing the electoral vote, Democratic candidate Cleveland actually received slightly more popular votes in the election, garnering 48.6 percent of the vote to Harrison's 47.8 percent, making it the third of only four U.S. presidential elections in which the winner of the electoral college did not win the popular vote. The other three came in 1824, 1876 and 2000.


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