History: November 6


Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.

Like the Union’s first commander-in-chief George Washington, Davis was unopposed.

He would be the Confederate States of America’s only president. His six year term was not quite completed when the CSA was dissolved in 1865.


President Roosevelt begins a trip to Panama and Puerto Rico.

The trip made him the first president to leave the continent on official state business while in office.

During the trip, he inspected the Panama Canal, which remained under construction. In an iconic picture, Roosevelt was photographed operating a large steam shovel.


Vladimir Lenin leads communist revolutionaries who topple Russia’s provisional government.

Lenin oversaw the first Marxist state in the world. He consolidated power under the banner of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

He died in 1924, and was succeeded by Stalin.


60 years ago today, Elvis Presley did his one and only commercial.

It was on the radio show “Louisiana Hayride” in 1954 for Southern Made Doughnuts, for which he recorded a jingle: “You can get ’em piping hot after four PM, you can get ’em piping hot. Southern Made Doughnuts hit the spot, you can get ’em piping hot after four PM’.”


The United Nations formally condemns apartheid through a resolution.

The document called for all partner countries to end any military and economic aide or support to South Africa, which sanctioned racial segregation against non-whites in the country.

While the white population was a minority in numbers, it nonetheless held control of power in the country.

A new constitution outlawing the injustice was implemented in 1991. Nelson Mandela became president in 1993, after spending 27 years in prison alongside other anti-apartheid leaders.


The Cleveland Browns announce they are moving to Baltimore.

Team owner Art Modell bought the team for $4 million in 1960. With a lackluster performance record and dwindling ticket sales, plus a stadium in disarray, Modell was looking for options.

The city of Cleveland offered $50 million from an excise tax on alcohol on cigarettes, but Modell declined.

Meanwhile, Baltimore offered a $200 million stadium, plus the promise of seat license fees that would earn the ball club lots of money.

Five years later, the Ravens would win the Super Bowl.