Today is Saturday, Nov. 6, the 311th day of 2004. There are 55 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

One-hundred-fifty years ago, on Nov. 6, 1854, the "king" of American march music, John Philip Sousa, was born in Washington D.C.

On this date:

In 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency.

In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy.

In 1888, Benjamin Harrison won the presidential election, defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland with enough electoral votes, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.

In 1893, composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg, Russia, at age 53.

In 1900, President McKinley was re-elected, beating Democrat William Jennings Bryan.

In 1906, Republican Charles Evans Hughes was elected governor of New York, defeating newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.

In 1928, in a first, the results of Herbert Hoover's election victory over Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an electric sign outside The New York Times building.

In 1956, President Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.

In 1976, Benjamin L. Hooks was chosen to be the new executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, succeeding Roy Wilkins.

In 1977, 39 people were killed when an earthen dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls Bible College in Georgia.

Ten years ago: About 300 people crowded a small church in Union, S.C., for the funeral of 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex Smith, who'd been drowned by their mother, Susan Smith.

Five years ago: During his visit to India, Pope John Paul II praised Christian missionaries and exhorted his bishops to spread the Christian message across Asia. Australians rejected a referendum to drop Britain's queen as their head of state.

One year ago: President Bush signed an $87.5 billion package approved by Congress for Iraq and Afghanistan. Federal judges in New York and California blocked a new ban on certain late-term abortions, a day after President Bush signed it into law. The U.S. Mint unveiled the new nickel.

Today's Birthdays: Director Mike Nichols is 73. Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 72. Singer Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five) is 67. Singer P.J. Proby is 66. Country singer Guy Clark is 63. Actress Sally Field is 58. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles) is 56. Singer Rory Block is 55. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 55. California's first lady, broadcast journalist Maria Shriver, is 49. Actress Lori Singer is 47. Actor Lance Kerwin is 44. Rock musician Paul Brindley (The Sundays) is 41. Rock singer Corey Glover is 40. Actor Peter DeLuise is 38. Actress Kelly Rutherford is 36. Actor Ethan Hawke is 34. Actress Thandie Newton is 32. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn is 32. Actress Nicole Dubuc is 26. Actress Mercedes Kastner is 15.

Thought for Today: "No one is so eager to gain new experience as he who doesn't know how to make use of the old ones." - Marie Ebner von Eschenbach, Austrian writer (1830-1916).

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