Why Nov. 8 Is A Big Day In Presidential Election History03:47
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Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John F. Kennedy, with his wife Jacqueline and daughter Caroline, outside their home in Hyannis Port, Mass. on Nov. 8, 1960. (AP)
Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John F. Kennedy, with his wife Jacqueline and daughter Caroline, outside their home in Hyannis Port, Mass. on Nov. 8, 1960. (AP)
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There have been some big presidential elections on Nov. 8 in the past.

Abraham Lincoln won a second term in 1864 and that led to the end of the Civil War. During the Great Depression in 1932, Franklin Roosevelt won the first of a record four terms and ushered in the New Deal.

In 1960, John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in one of the closest elections ever, and in 1988, Republican George H. W. Bush scored a resounding win over Democrat Michael Dukakis.

Here & Now's Alex Ashlock looks back at Nov. 8 and its election history.

This segment aired on November 8, 2016.

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Alex Ashlock has been a producer for Here & Now since 2005. He started his WBUR career as senior producer of Morning Edition in 1998.

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