In 1854, America's “March King,” John Philip Sousa, was born in Washington, D.C.
1860: Former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency: John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas.
1861: Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term of office.
1928: In a first, the results of Republican Herbert Hoover's presidential election victory over Democrat Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an electric wraparound sign on the New York Times building.
1956: President Dwight D. Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.
1990: About one-fifth of the Universal Studios back lot in Southern California was destroyed in an arson fire.
2012: President Barack Obama was elected to a second term of office, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.