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 - football
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Rutgers University Libraries

1869: In New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers College defeats Princeton University (then known as the College of New Jersey), 6-4, in the first official intercollegiate American football game. The game little resembled what we know today as American football, as there was no running with the ball, each team included 25 players and the ball was perfectly spherical. A week later, the two teams met again in a rematch, this time with Princeton winning 8-0.

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