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.