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.

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Department of Defense

1991: Robert M. Gates becomes the 15th director of the CIA. Gates would also serve as U.S. secretary of defense between 2006 and 2011 under President George W. Bush.