Events in History on November 5

  • 1228 Wu MeKuan, a collection of 48 Zen koans, compiled in China
  • 1414 Council of Constance (16th ecumenical council) opens

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1492 Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1499 Publication of the Catholicon in Treguier (Brittany). Breton-French-Latin dictionary written in 1464 by Jehan Lagadeuc was first Breton and French dictionary

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1500 -6th Nov astronomer Copernicus observes a lunar eclipse in Rome

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus
  • 1530 St Felix Flood ravages Dutch coast and destroys the city of Reimerswaal in the Netherlands

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1556 Akbar (14) succeeds his father Humajun as Sultan of Delhi

Mughal Emperor Akbar
Mughal Emperor
Akbar
  • 1556 Battle at Panipat: Mogollegers beat hindu leader Hemu

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1605 Gunpowder Plot: Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes attempts to blow up King James I and the British Parliament. Plot discovered, Guy Fawkes caught, tortured and later executed along with seven others. Celebrated ever since as Guy Fawkes Day, where his effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire, accompanied by fireworks.

English Catholic Conspirator Guy Fawkes
English Catholic Conspirator
Guy Fawkes
King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1630 Spain & England sign peace treaty
  • 1639 First post office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts
  • 1678 Brandenburgse troops occupy Greifswald in Sweden
  • 1725 Spain & Austria sign secret treaty
  • 1743 Coordinated scientific observations of the transit of Mercury were organized by Joseph-Nicolas Delisle
  • 1757 Battle at Rossbach (7 year war/French & Indian War)

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1773 John Hancock is elected as moderator at a Boston town meeting that resolves that anyone who supports the Tea Act is an "Enemy to America"

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • 1780 French-American force under Colonel LaBalme is defeated by Miami Chief Little Turtle.
  • 1781 John Hanson elected first "President of US in Congress assembled"
  • 1789 Fleeing slaves under Bonni attack military post on Suriname
  • 1789 French National Meeting declares all citizens equal under law
  • 1811 El Salvador's 1st battle against Spain for independence
  • 1838 Honduras declares independence of Central American Federation
  • 1854 Crimean War: British & French defeat Russian force of 50,000 at Inkerman

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1862 Ambrose Burnside replaces McClellen as head of Army of Potomac

Union General, Politician and Industrialist Ambrose Burnside
Union General, Politician and Industrialist
Ambrose Burnside
  • 1862 Battle at Barbee's Crossroads, Virginia: 51 casualties

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1872 American women's right to vote advocate Susan B. Anthony votes for Ulysses S. Grant

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony

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1872 Ulysses S. Grant re-elected US President

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant

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1873 Due to the fallout from the Pacific Scandal, John A. Macdonald resigns as Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald

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1876 Henry Morton Stanley's expedition leaves Nyangwe

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • 1881 French government-Ferry resigns
  • 1881 1,600 police and volunteers attack Māori settlement at Parihaka in western Taranaki which had become the symbol of protest against the confiscation of Māori land, New Zealand
  • 1882 Bedrich Smetana's "Ma Vlast" premieres
  • 1883 Battle at El Obeid Sudan: Mahdi's army destroys Egyptian army
  • 1887 Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship
  • 1889 Louisa Woosley first women to be ordained as a minister in any Presbyterian denomination (US Cumberland Presbyterian Church).
  • 1894 Frederick Lugards expedition reaches Nikki
  • 1894 Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegels" premieres
  • 1895 1st US patent granted for auto (George B Selden) for gasoline driven car
  • 1895 Edward, Prince of Wales, says "We are all Socialists nowadays"
  • 1895 US state Utah accepts female suffrage

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1898 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Fuhrmann Henschel" premieres in Berlin

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • 1900 Under US military control since the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Cuba now calls its own constitutional convention
  • 1911 Italy attacks Turkish North-Africa (Libya), takes Tripoli & Cyrenaica
  • 1911 Calbraith Rodgers arrives in Pasadena completing 1st transcontinental airplane flight (49 days) (left Sheepshead Bay, NY, Sept 17)
  • 1912 Arizona, Kansas & Wisconsin vote for female suffrage
  • 1912 Bulgarian troops in Constantinople blockade drinking water

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1912 Woodrow Wilson (D) defeats Theodore Roosevelt (Prog) & President William H. Taft (R)

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1913 Ludwig III crowned king of Bavaria
  • 1914 Britain declares war on Turkey and annexes Cyprus, occupied since 1878; the immediate reason is to keep it from being taken by Turkey

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1916 Emperors Wilhelm II (Germany) and Franz Jozef I (Austria-Hungary) establish the kingdom of Poland

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • 1916 Second Chamber accept initial impetus to general males/female suffrage

  • 1916 The Everett Massacre takes place in Everett, Washington as political differences lead to a shoot-out between IWW organizers and local police.
  • 1917 Gen Pershing & US troops see action on Western Front for 1st time
  • 1917 Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Louisville, Kentucky, ordinance requiring backs & whites to live in separate areas
  • 1921 Soviet Russia signs a treaty with Mongolia, temporarily supporting the new government against China and Japanese incursions
  • 1922 Demonstration for a Dutch University in Ghent

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1925 Mussolini disbands Italian socialist parties

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1930 Nobel for literature awarded to Sinclair Lewis for "Babbitt"
  • 1932 Benito Mussolini frees 16,000 convicts
  • 1933 Spanish Basques vote for autonomy
  • 1935 Maryland Court of Appeals orders University of Maryland to admit Donald Murray, a black man
  • 1935 Parker Brothers launches game of Monopoly

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1936 French writer Andre Gide criticizes Soviet regime

Writer André Gide
Writer
André Gide

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1937 Adolf Hitler informs his military leaders in a secret meeting of his intentions of going to war

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1938 Ottawa Roughriders score on 5-man, 4-lateral, 65-yard punt return
  • 1938 Rugers beats Princeton 1st time in 60 yrs as Rutgers Stad dedicated
  • 1940 Dutch submarine departs Dundee

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1940 US President FDR (D) wins unprecedented 3rd term beating Wendell Willkie (R)

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1941 Japanese naval staff officiers Suzuki and Maejima leave Pearl Harbor
  • 1942 Nazi raid on Greek Jews in Paris
  • 1942 Pro-British Clandestine Radio Diego Suarez's final transmission
  • 1943 Vatican in Rome bombed by unknown source
  • 1944 Allied troops reach Zoutelande, Walcheren
  • 1944 Canadian & British troops liberate Dinteloord
  • 1944 German troops blow-up Heusden North Brabant city hall, 134 die
  • 1945 Colombia joins the United Nations.

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1946 John F. Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) elected to US House of Representatives

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

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1950 Philippines president Quirino ends emergency crisis

6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino
6th President of the Philippines
Elpidio Quirino
  • 1951 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1953 Nobel prize for physics awarded to Frederik Zernicke
  • 1953 Paul Searls saws a 32" log in 86.4 seconds
  • 1953 Terence Rattigan's "Sleeping Prince" premieres in London
  • 1955 Date returned to in "Back to the Future" by Marty McFly
  • 1956 Britain and France land airborne forces at Port Said in Egypt, escalating the Suez Crisis
  • 1956 Dutch Communist Party office of Felix Meritis seized
  • 1956 Israel liberates Sharm-el-Sheikh, reopening Gulf of Aqaba
  • 1956 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Datis nuperrime

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1961 India's Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru arrives in NY

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 1961 St Louis Cards Bill Stacy, returns 2 interceptions for TDs vs Dallas

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1963 US VP Lyndon B. Johnson visits Netherlands

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1964 US launches Mariner 3 toward Mars; no data returned
  • 1966 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1967 ATS-3 launched by US to take first pictures of full Earth disc
  • 1967 US troops conquer Loc Ninh South Vietnam
  • 1967 Yemen president Sallal flees

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1968 Richard Nixon (R) beats Vice President Hubert Humphrey (D) and George Wallace (I) in U.S. Presidential election

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • 1971 Bolivia passes death penalty for political kidnapping
  • 1972 Vice-President of Sinn Féin Maire Drumm is arrested in the Republic of Ireland
  • 1973 BART starts SF-Daly City train shuttle service
  • 1973 Arab producers announce 25 percent cut in oil production
  • 1974 Dmitri Shostakovitch completes Michelangelo songs
  • 1974 Ella Grasso (Ct) elected first woman US governor not related to previous governor
  • 1974 Walter E Washington, becomes first elected mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • 1975 British government sends troops to Belize
  • 1975 Sao Tome & Principe adopts constitution
  • 1976 Balt Jim Palmer wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 1976 New AL franchises in Seattle & Toronto fill up their rosters
  • 1976 Pirates trade Manny Sanguillen & $100,000 to A's for mgr Chuck Tanner
  • 1976 USSR performs nuclear test
  • 1978 Iranian PM Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

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1978 Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1979 Iran government of Bazargan resigns
  • 1979 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declares US "The Great Satan"
  • 1981 Charles Fuller's "Soldier's Play" premieres in NYC
  • 1981 Former Dolphin, Mercury Morris, is sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficing, conspiracy, & possession of cocaine
  • 1983 Orbiter Discovery (OV-103) moves overland to Dryden
  • 1987 France performs nuclear test
  • 1987 Iceberg twice size of Rhode Island sighted in Antarctic
  • 1987 South Africa ANC-leader Govan Mbeki freed
  • 1987 Supreme Court nominee Douglas H Ginsburg admitted using marijuana
  • 1988 Cornell confirms grad student source of worst computer sabotage
  • 1988 France performs nuclear test
  • 1988 Gulch wins Breeder's Cup
  • 1989 19th NYC Women's Marathon won by Ingrid Kristiansen in 2:25:30
  • 1989 Browns' Bernie Kosar sets club record of 16 cons pass completions
  • 1990 Reports of increasing Saudi petroleum production and lower world demand
  • 1991 Kiichi Miyazawa elected premier of Japan
  • 1991 Richard J Kerr ends term as acting director of CIA
  • 1992 Bobby Fisher beats Boris Spassky to with Chess title in Belgrade
  • 1994 Space probe Ulyssus completes 1st passage behind the Sun
  • 1994 Yak-40 accident in north of Peru, 8 killed
  • 1995 STS 73 (Columbia 18), lands

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1995 André Dallaire attempts to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien; he is thwarted when the PM's wife locks the door.

20th Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien
20th Prime Minister of Canada
Jean Chretien
  • 1997 2 hours after Davey Johnson resigns he is named AL Manager of Year
  • 1997 French court orders producer Jacques Charrier, ex-husband of Brigitte Bardot, to pay the former screen star $8,300 in damages

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2000 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie is given an Imperial funeral by the Ethiopian Orthodox church

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie

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2006 Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'as in 1982.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 2007 China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon.

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2010 Ai Weiwei is reportedly placed under house arrest by Chinese authorities because of a planned party to mark the demolition of his new studio in Shanghai

Artist, Activist Ai Weiwei
Artist, Activist
Ai Weiwei
  • 2012 50 Syrian military personnel are killed by a suicide car bomb in Hama
  • 2012 Widespread flooding in Nigeria kills 363 people and displaces 2.1 million
  • 2013 4 people are killed after a 4-story building under construction collapses in Lagos, Nigeria
  • 2013 Bill de Blasio is elected New York City Mayor
  • 2014 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key rules out sending troops to fight against Islamic State, but claims there are 40 New Zealanders on 'terror watchlist'
  • 2015 Collins Dictionary name "binge-watch" the word of the year, followed by "transgender"
  • 2015 Japan's 1st officially recognized same-sex couple union - Koyuki Higashi and Hiroko Matsuhara in Tokyo
  • 2015 Fundão dam in Brazil collapses, killing about 23, causing a second dam to fail, releasing a massive flood of mud down the Rio Dulce