The Ross Perot presidential campaign of 1992 was an effort spawned by
grassroots supporters to elect Texas industrialist Ross Perot as
President of the United States as an independent candidate. Perot
focused the campaign on the federal budget, economic nationalism, an
escalation of the war on drugs and implementation of "electronic town
halls". He largely financed his own campaign and relied on marketing
and widespread grassroots support to spread his message. In certain
polls, Perot led the three-way race with Republican nominee George H.
W. Bush, the incumbent President, and Governor Bill Clinton of
Arkansas, the Democratic nominee. He dropped out in July 1992 amid
controversy, but reentered in October, and surpassed the 15% polling
threshold to reach his goal of participating in all three presidential
debates. Despite an aggressive use of campaign infomercials on prime
time network television, his polling numbers never fully recovered from
his initial exit. On Election Day, Perot appeared on every state
ballot. He won several counties and finished in third place, receiving
close to 19 percent of the popular vote; the most won by a third-party
presidential candidate since Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeated Emperor Khosrau II's
Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh, near the modern city of
The Apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe: According to traditional
Catholic accounts, the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary miraculously
appeared imprinted on the cloth of Juan Diego's tilma after his vision
of her on the Hill of Tepeyac outside of modern-day Mexico City.
Guglielmo Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic radio signal, from
Poldhu Wireless Station in Cornwall, England to Signal Hill in St.
The Irish Republican Army began its Border Campaign, a guerrilla
campaign to overthrow British rule in Northern Ireland.
Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashed after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland
killing 256, including 248 members of the United States Army's 101st
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A symbol which represents the idea of something without indicating the
sequence of sounds used to pronounce it
Wikiquote quote of the day:
What is beautiful is moral, that is all there is to it.
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