On This Day in History for November 5

Events in History

  • 1228 Wu MeKuan, a collection of 48 Zen koans, compiled in China
  • 1414 Council of Constance (16th ecumenical council) opens
  • 1492 Christopher Columbus learns how to grow and harvest maize (corn) from Cuba's indigenous population
  • 1499 Publication of the Catholicon in Treguier (Brittany). Breton-French-Latin dictionary written in 1464 by Jehan Lagadeuc was first Breton and French dictionary
  • 1500 -6th Nov astronomer Copernicus observes a lunar eclipse in Rome
  • 1530 St Felix Flood ravages Dutch coast and destroys the city of Reimerswaal in the Netherlands
  • 1556 Akbar (14) succeeds his father Humajun as Sultan of Delhi
  • 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
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Weddings in History

  • 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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