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It was Election Day, and the evening marked the first broadcast of presidential election results. Republican Warren G. Harding defeated Democrat James M. Cox. When Harding took the oath of office on Mar. 4, 1921, he became the first U.S. president whose inaugural address was broadcast live on the radio.<br />\n The sperm whale is easy to identify because of its enormous square head. That head contains the largest brain of any creature on Earth. A sperm whale&rsquo;s brain weighs about 17 pounds. By comparison, the human brain typically weighs about 3 pounds.<br />\n On Nov. 10, 1766, William Franklin, colonial governor of New Jersey (and son of Benjamin Franklin) signed the charter establishing Queen&rsquo;s College, which would become the foundation of Rutgers University. Its original purpose was training young men to enter the ministry of the Dutch Reformed Church.</p>\n<p> ONE OF the more recognizable monuments at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point is a ring of 13 iron links, each more than 2 feet long and weighing about 100 pounds. They were part of a 1,500-foot-long chain that stretched across the Hudson River &mdash; supported by log rafts &mdash; as a barrier to British ships during the Revolutionary War. After the war, the chain was dismantled. Some of the links, including the ones at West Point, were saved. The rest were melted down.<br />\n Two common interests unite classical composer Sergei Prokofiev with Robert Fitzgerald Diggs and Gary Grice, aka RZA and GZA of Wu-Tang Clan. One is music; the other is chess. Prokofiev played against grandmasters and other classical music giants including composer Maurice Ravel. RZA and GZA play chess competitively, and their music often contains chess references. 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TRIVIA BITS: November 4, 2019

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