On this day: November 7

POSTED: 02:15 PM PST Nov 06, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 06, 2015 

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid die in Bolivia, Marie Curie wins her second Nobel Prize, FDR wins an unprecedented fourth term, Steve McQueen dies, and Magic Johnson announces he is HIV-positive, all on this day.

OTD November 7 - Zachary Taylor
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1848: Gen. Zachary Taylor is elected as president of the United States, running as the Whig Party's candidate and defeating Democratic candidate Lewis Cass, who received 42.5 percent of the popular vote and 127 electoral votes to Taylor's 47.3 percent and 163 electoral votes. Also running was Free Soil Party candidate Martin Van Buren, who received about 10 percent of the popular vote and no electoral votes. Taylor would die a little more than a year into his term as president from what scholars now believe was a kind of severe gastroenteritis.


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