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This Day in History: Nov. 4

In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States, defeating Republican John McCain.

1884: Democrat Grover Cleveland was elected to his first term as president, defeating Republican James G. Blaine.

1924: President Calvin Coolidge, who'd succeeded the late President Warren G. Harding, was elected to a full term of office.

1939: The United States modified its neutrality stance in World War II, allowing “cash and carry” purchases of arms by belligerents, a policy favoring Britain and France.

1991: Ronald Reagan opened his presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif.; in attendance were President George H.W. Bush and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and Richard Nixon — the first-ever gathering of five past and present U.S. chief executives.

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