spotlight Today in history: Nov. 12 Nov 12, 2019 Nov 12, 2019 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1815: Elizabeth Cady Stanton In 1815, pioneering American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, New York. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1920: Kenesaw Mountain Landis In 1920, baseball got its first "czar" as Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected commissioner of the American and National Leagues. Anonymous 1927: Josef Stalin In 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party. AP 1936: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge In 1936, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in Washington, D.C., giving the green light to traffic. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1942: Battle of Guadalcanal In 1942, the World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. (The Allies ended up winning a major victory over Japanese forces.) ASSOCIATED PRESS 1948: Hideki Tojo In 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1977: Ernest "Dutch" Morial In 1977, the city of New Orleans elected its first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial (MAW'-ree-al), the winner of a runoff. Anonymous 1979: Yuri V. Andropov In 1982, Yuri V. Andropov (ahn-DROH'-pawf) was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee. AP 1990: Eve Arden In 1990, actress Eve Arden died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 82. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1990: Japanese Emperor Akihito In 1990, Japanese Emperor Akihito (ah-kee-hee-toh) formally assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne. Koji Sasahara 1998: Richard M. Daley In 1998, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley filed a $433 million-dollar lawsuit against the firearms industry, declaring that it had created a public nuisance by flooding the streets with weapons deliberately marketed to criminals. (A judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2000; an appeals court ruled in 2002 that the city of Chicago could proceed; but the Illinois Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit in 2004.) CHARLES BENNETT 2001: American Airlines Flight 587 On Nov. 12, 2001, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 headed to the Dominican Republic, crashed after takeoff from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 people on board and five people on the ground. JOHN-MARSHALL MANTEL 2009: Nidal Malik Hasan Ten years ago: Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan (nih-DAHL' mah-LEEK' hah-SAHN') was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting rampage. (Hasan was later convicted and sentenced to death.) Anonymous 2014: Barack Obama & Xi Jinping Five years ago: President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) announced a ground-breaking agreement between their countries to curb carbon emissions blamed for climate change. Andy Wong 2014: Lydia Ko Five years ago: At 17, Lydia Ko became the youngest player to win the LPGA Tour's rookie of the year award. Ahn Young-joon 2014: Philae Five years ago: Landing with a bounce after traveling 4 billion miles, a European Space Agency probe, Philae (FY'-lee), made history by successfully reaching the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet. Michael Probst 2018: Israeli–Palestinian Conflict One year ago: Palestinian militants bombarded Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in what appeared to be the most intense exchange of fire since a 2014 war. Hatem Moussa 2018: Kyrsten Sinema One year ago: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema (SIN'-uh-muh) emerged as the winner of Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally after a slow vote count that dragged on for nearly a week. Rick Scuteri 2018: Stan Lee One year ago: Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics writer and publisher who revolutionized the comic book and developed superhero characters that made billions for Hollywood, died at the age of 95. Chris Pizzello Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight AP What's your Halloween costume style? promotion spotlight What kind of craft beer are you? More Latest Local Offers Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate Looking to Buy or Sell a Home?