Abraham Lincoln elected president of the United States: 6 November 1860 – This Day in History

On this day in 1860, Americans elected as their president Abraham Lincoln, whose victory led to the secession of Southern states and the long and bloody Civil War that lasted until 1865 and ended slavery in the U.S.

More Events on this day:

1984: U.S. President Ronald Reagan won reelection in a landslide victory over Democratic candidate Walter F. Mondale.

1917: The second phase of the Russian Revolution of 1917 began (October 25, Old Style) as the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia.

1888: Benjamin Harrison was elected U.S. president by an electoral majority despite losing the popular vote by more than 90,000 to his opponent, Grover Cleveland.

1887: Professional baseball player Walter Johnson, who had perhaps the greatest fastball in the history of the game, was born in Humboldt, Kansas.

Source: Encyclopædia Britannica Online Daily

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