What Happened on November 5

Historical Events

  • 1492 Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba
  • 1556 Battle at Panipat: Mogollegers beat hindu leader Hemu
  • 1605 Gunpowder Plot; attempt to blow up King James I while he opened Parliament. Plot discovered and Guy Fawkes caught and tortured. He and seven others were later executed
  • 1937 Hitler informs his military leaders in a secret meeting of his intentions of going to war
  • 1956 Britain & France land forces in Egypt in reaction to seizure of Suez Canal
  • 1979 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declares US "The Great Satan"
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Did You Know?

Publication of the Catholicon in Treguier (Brittany). This Breton-French-Latin dictionary was written in 1464 by Jehan Lagadeuc. It is the first Breton dictionary as well as the first French dictionary.

On November 5, 1499

Famous Weddings

  • 1940 American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries journalist Martha Gellhorn
  • 1941 Writer and veterinary surgeon James Herriot (25) weds Joan Catherine Danbury
  • 1977 43rd US President George W. Bush (31) weds Laura Welch (31) at The First United Methodist Church in Midland, Texas
  • 2005 2004 Indianapolis 500 racecar driver winner Buddy Rice (29) weds Michelle Noonan in Arizona
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