Income Tax, Laika, Mid-Term Shellacking

On this day: November 3
The U.S. introduces a federal income tax (1913)

The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2 with the first animal to enter orbit, a dog named Laika (1957)

Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing a pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress (2002)

President Barack Obama holds a news conference in the White House to acknowledge that he and the Democratic party took a "shellacking" in the mid-term elections (2010)

b: Russell B. Long (1918), Michael Dukakis (1933); d: Wilhelm Reich (1957)

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