Today In History

Today is Saturday, Nov. 12, the 317th day of 2016. There are 49 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight

On Nov. 12, 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.

On this date

In 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.

Thought for Today

“You can’t be a full participant in our democracy if you don’t know our history.” — David McCullough, American historian