November 7 – big day in history


Lots of anniversaries today:

1805 The Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at the Pacific Ocean.
1874 The first cartoon depicting the elephant as the symbol of the Republican Party was printed in Harper’s Weekly. [Thomas Nast was the artist.]Thomas Nast carton that first used an elephant for Republican Party, Harpers Weekly, Nov. 7, 1874
1916 Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1917 The Bolsheviks overthrew the Russian government in St. Petersburg.
1940 Only four months after its completion, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state, the third longest suspension bridge in the world at the time, collapsed. No one was injured.

Video of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge disaster:

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Update:  Blue Ollie has more information on the bridge collapse — and is generally worth a visit.

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