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This Day in History: Nov. 4

This Day in History: Nov. 4
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his family arrive on stage for his election night victory rally at Grant Park on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Americans emphatically elected Obama as their first black president in a transformational election which will reshape US politics and the US role on the world stage. AFP PHOTO / Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 83306963 (STAN HONDA / AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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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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