On this day: November 6

Published On: Nov 05 2012 06:33:12 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 06 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

Abraham Lincoln is elected president, New Jersey hosts the first intercollegiate football game, Phil Donahue premieres his TV talk show, and the punk band the Sex Pistols make their debut, all on this day.

OTD November 6 - Jefferson Davis
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1861: Jefferson Davis, a former U.S. secretary of war and U.S. senator, is elected president of the Confederate States of America. He ran without opposition, and the election simply confirmed the decision that had been made by the Confederate Congress earlier in the year.