November 3

1839

The first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.

1903

Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.

1952

Clarence Birdseye marketed the first frozen peas.

1957

The Soviet Union sent the first animal, a dog named Laika, into space aboard the Sputnik II. Laika died in orbit.

1986

A Lebanese magazine broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran, leading to the Iran-Contra affair.

1992

Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

2004

Hamid Karzai was declared the winner in Afghanistan's first presidential election.

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