On this day: October 30

Published On: Oct 30 2012 12:50:30 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 30 2015 01:00:00 AM CDT

Orson Welles broadcasts "The War of the Worlds," buffalo wings are born, Ali and Foreman square off in the "Rumble in the Jungle," and Michael Jordan returns to the NBA, all on this day.

OTD October 30 - John Menard
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Library of Congress

1868: John Willis Menard of Louisiana is elected in a special election to fill an unexpired term of a deceased congressman, becoming the first black man elected to Congress. When his opponent later contested the outcome, Menard would appeal his case on the floor of the House of Representatives, becoming the first black person to address the chamber while in session. The Committee of Elections ruled in favor of the opponent, although Menard was financially compensated, receiving the same salary that he would have earned as a legislator.

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