This Day in History: Nov. 7

In 1940, Washington state's original Tacoma Narrows Bridge, nicknamed “Galloping Gertie,” collapsed into Puget Sound during a windstorm just four months after opening to traffic.

1861: Former U.S. President John Tyler was elected to the Confederate House of Representatives (however, Tyler died before he could take his seat).

1914: The first issue of The New Republic magazine was published.

1916: Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress. 

1944: President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Republican Thomas E. Dewey.

1954: The CBS News program “Face the Nation” premiered with Ted Koop as host.

1962: Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, 78, died in New York City.

1989: L. Douglas Wilder won the governor's race in Virginia, becoming the first elected black governor in U.S. history.

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