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.

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1860: Abraham Lincoln is elected to be the 16th president of the United States. Questions surrounding the expansion of slavery and the rights of slave owners had broken the Democratic Party into Northern and Southern factions, and a new Constitutional Union Party appeared, thus four candidates split the vote, with Republican Lincoln earning 39.8 percent of the vote for 180 electoral votes, compared to 29.5 percent for Democratic candidate Stephen A. Douglas, 18.1 percent for Southern Democrat John C. Breckenridge and 12.6 percent for Constitutional Union candidate John Bell. Before Lincoln's inauguration, seven Southern states seceded and formed the Confederacy, a precursor to the Civil War.


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