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On this day: November 6

Published: 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 - Cabeza de Vaca
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1528: Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes the first known European to set foot in Texas when he and a crew of 80 to 90 men are shipwrecked on what was probably Galveston Island.

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