spotlight Today in history: Nov. 2 Nov 2, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1783: Washington Farewell Address In 1783, General George Washington issued his Farewell Address to the Army near Princeton, New Jersey. Mike Groll 1947: "Spruce Goose" In 1947, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules (derisively dubbed the "Spruce Goose" by detractors), on its only flight, which lasted about a minute over Long Beach Harbor in California. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1948: Harry S. Truman On Nov. 2, 1948, President Harry S. Truman surprised the experts by winning a narrow upset over Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey. Ed Ford 1962: John F. Kennedy In 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered a brief statement to the nation in which he said that aerial photographs had confirmed that Soviet missile bases in Cuba were being dismantled, and that "progress is now being made toward the restoration of peace in the Caribbean." AP 1976: Jimmy Carter In 1976, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter became the first candidate from the Deep South since the Civil War to be elected president as he defeated incumbent Gerald R. Ford. Anonymous 1986: David Jacobsen In 1986, kidnappers in Lebanon released American hospital administrator David Jacobsen after holding him for 17 months. Kurt Strumpf 1992: Hal Roach In 1992, movie producer Hal Roach died in Los Angeles at age 100. ASSOCIATED PRESS 2000: International Space Station In 2000, American astronaut Bill Shepherd and two Russian cosmonauts, Yuri Gidzenko (gihd-ZEENG'-koh) and Sergei Krikalev (SUR'-gay KREE'-kuh-lev), became the first residents of the international space station. MIKHAIL METZEL 2004: George W. Bush In 2004, President George W. Bush was elected to a second term as Republicans strengthened their grip on Congress. LAWRENCE JACKSON 2004: Theo van Gogh In 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was slain in Amsterdam after receiving death threats over his movie "Submission," which criticized the treatment of women under Islam. BAS CZERWINSKI 2009: Afghan Presidential Election Ten years ago: Afghanistan's election commission proclaimed President Hamid Karzai the victor of the country's tumultuous ballot, canceling a planned runoff. Gemunu Amarasinghe 2009: Philadelphia Phillies Ten years ago: The Philadelphia Phillies staved off elimination from the World Series with an 8-6 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 5. David J. Phillip 2009: Rawalpindi Bombing Ten years ago: A suicide bomber killed 35 people outside a bank near Pakistan's military headquarters in Rawalpindi (rah-wuhl-PIHN'-dee). Anjum Naveed 2014: Nik Wallenda Five years ago: Daredevil Nik Wallenda wowed Chicago and the world with two hair-raising skyscraper crossings on high wires without a safety net or a harness. PAUL BEATY 2018: Alec Baldwin One year ago: Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested and charged with assault and harassment after allegedly striking a man in the face during a dispute over a parking spot outside his New York City home. (Baldwin pleaded guilty to harassment and agreed to attend a one-day anger management class.) Julie Jacobson 2018: Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting One year ago: The oldest victim of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, was laid to rest in the last of the funerals for the 11 victims. Gene J. Puskar 2018: Roy Hargrove One year ago: Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove died in New York after a long fight with kidney disease; he was 49. 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