On this day in 2000, the U.S. presidential election ended in a statistical tie between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush, only to be settled on December 12 by the U.S. Supreme Court after a bitter legal dispute.
More Events on this day:
1962: Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt died in New York City at age 78.
1837: Abolitionist newspaper editor Elijah P. Lovejoy was murdered by a mob in Alton, Illinois, while defending his press building.
Source: Encyclopædia Britannica Online Daily