Today is Thursday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2017. There are 59 days left in the year.

On Nov. 2, 1947, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules (derisively dubbed the "Spruce Goose" by detractors), on its only flight, which lasted about a minute over Long Beach Harbor in California.

In 1795, the 11th president of the United States, James Knox Polk, was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

In 1867, Harper's Bazaar magazine was first published.

In 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states with the signing of proclamations by President Benjamin Harrison.

In 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issued a declaration expressing support for a "national home" for Jews in Palestine.

In 1936, the British Broadcasting Corp. inaugurated "high-definition" television service from Alexandra Palace in London.

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman surprised the experts by winning a narrow upset over Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey.

In 1976, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter became the first candidate from the Deep South since the Civil War to be elected president as he defeated incumbent Gerald R. Ford.

In 2000, American astronaut Bill Shepherd and two Russian cosmonauts, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev, became the first residents of the international space station.

Birthdays: Singer Jay Black (Jay and the Americans) is 79. Political commentator Pat Buchanan is 79. Actress Stefanie Powers is 75. Country-rock singer-songwriter J.D. Souther is 72. Singer-songwriter k.d. lang is 56. Actor David Schwimmer is 51.

Thought for Today: “If I have done any deed worthy of remembrance, that deed will be my monument. If not, no monument can preserve my memory.” -- Agesilaus II, King of Sparta (c. 444-360 B.C.)