Today is Wednesday, November 7th. There are 47 days until Christmas.

In 1965, the Pillsbury Doughboy debuted in television advertisements.

In 1991, Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson announced his retirement from basketball after testing HIV positive.

In 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first first lady to win public office, defeating Republican Rick Lazio for a U.S. Senate seat from New York.

In 2009, Democrats in the U.S. House passed a historic, sweeping healthcare bill.

In 2011, a Los Angeles jury returned a guilty verdict for Michael Jackson's doctor at the time of the singer's death on June 25, 2009.

In 2012, President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term in the White House after a contentious campaign race against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Today is Pickle Day and Spicy Guacamole Day.

Hall of Fame folk singer Joni Mitchell is 75.

Actor Christopher Knight, Peter on the Brady Bunch, is 61.

Singer Lorde is 22.  Her single "Royals" led to several Grammy nominations.

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