What Happened on November 5

Historical Events

  • 1492 Christopher Columbus learns how to grow and harvest maize (corn) from Cuba's indigenous population
  • 1556 Second Battle of Panipat: Hindu Emperor of north India Hem Chandra Vikramaditya defeated by forces of Mughal Emperor Akbar, who captures and later beheads Hem Chandra
  • 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.
  • 1937 Adolf Hitler informs his military leaders in a secret meeting of his intentions of going to war
  • 1956 Britain and France land airborne forces at Port Said in Egypt, escalating the Suez Crisis
  • 1979 Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini describes the United States as "The Great Satan" amid accusations of imperialism and the sponsoring of corruption
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Nov 5 in Film & TV

  • 1956 "The Nat King Cole Show" debuts on NBC, the first variety program to be hosted by an African-American

Nov 5 in Music

  • 1955 The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens after it was destroyed in World War II, with Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio"

Nov 5 in Sport

  • 1992 "Revenge Match of the 20th century" American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer defeats Russian Boris Spassky to win an unofficial match in Belgrade

Did You Know?

Parker Brothers launches the board game Monopoly

On November 5, 1935

Would You Believe?

Louisa Woosley first women to be ordained as a minister in any Presbyterian denomination (US Cumberland Presbyterian Church).

On November 5, 1889

Famous Weddings

  • 1940 American "A Farewell to Arms" novelist Ernest Hemingway (41) weds for a third time, to American novelist and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (31); divorce in 1945
  • 1941 Writer and veterinary surgeon James Herriot (25) weds Joan Catherine Danbury
  • 1977 Future Texas governor and 43rd US President George W. Bush (31) weds Laura Welch (31) at The First United Methodist Church in Midland, Texas

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