Sunlight on the Lincoln Memorial highlights not just the ornate detail of the monument, but the variety of material used to construct it. Architect Henry Bacon made sure to use granite, marble, and limestone sourced from states throughout the country. At the time of Lincoln’s presidency, there were only 36 states in the Union, so all 36 of those states’ names are what’s carved into the frieze directly above the columns. Now that we’ve given you a little bump of patriotic pride, remember that it’s Election Day. Did you vote?
Election year: Nov 06, 1860
Presidential Election 1860. Red shows states won by Lincoln/Hamlin, green by Breckinridge/Lane, orange by Bell/Everett, and blue by Douglas/Johnson Numbers are Electoral College votes in each state by the 1850 Census.
Also on this day,
1962 | United Nations condemns South Africa over apartheid
The UN passes a resolution calling on members to cut ties with South Africa to force the nation to end its racial segregation of black Africans. Change will be slow: The country will not repeal its last apartheid laws until 1991.1975 | Here’s the Sex Pistols as Punk pioneers perform for the first time
Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, and Paul Cook perform together for the first time at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London. The Sex Pistols’ brief set includes only a few covers before the headlining band pulls the plug, but it marks the start of the U.K. punk movement.1996 | Cleveland Browns football team leaves Cleveland for Baltimore
Hearts break in Ohio as Browns owner Art Modell reveals he’s taking his NFL team elsewhere. Local voters fund stadium upgrades, but it’s not enough. In a deal, Modell will agree to leave the name ‘Browns’ behind. The Baltimore Ravens are born.
United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1761 was passed on 6 November 1962 in response to the racist policies of apartheid established by the South African Government.
The resolution also established the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid. The committee was originally boycotted by the Western nations, because of their disagreement with the aspects of the resolution calling for the boycott of South Africa. Even so, the committee found allies in the West, such as the British-based Anti-Apartheid Movement, through which it could work and lay the ground roots for the eventual acceptance by the Western powers of the need to impose economic sanctions on South Africa to pressure for political changes.