On This Day

On This Day in History for November 5 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 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 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

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1978 Iranian PM Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad 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 Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini describes the United States as "The Great Satan" amid accusations of imperialism and the sponsoring of corruption
  • 1981 Charles Fuller's "Soldier's Play" premieres in NYC
  • 1981 Former Dolphin, Mercury Morris, is sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficking, conspiracy and 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 US Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg admits using marijuana, later withdraws from consideration
  • 1988 Cornell confirms grad student source of worst computer sabotage
  • 1988 France performs nuclear test
  • 1988 Gulch wins Breeder's Cup
  • 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
  • 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

MurderAssassination Attempt

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1996 Bill Clinton is re-elected President of the United States, defeating Republican candidate Bob Dole

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
US Senator and Presidential Candidate Bob Dole
US Senator and Presidential Candidate
Bob Dole
  • 1997 2 hours after Davey Johnson resigns he is named AL Manager of Year

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2000 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie is laid to rest 25 years after his death after a funeral procession through Addis Ababa

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 and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 2007 China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon.
  • 2009 US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan (US Army Medical Corps) killed 13 and wounded 43 at Fort Hood, Texas in the largest mass shooting ever at a US military installation.

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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 and Activist Ai Weiwei
Artist and 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

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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'

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key
  • 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
  • 2017 Typhoon Damrey strikes Vietnam's south-central coast killing at least 27, leaving others missing

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2017 US President Donald Trump begins a 12-day trip to Asia in Toyko, Japan

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2017 Gunman shoots 26 dead and injures 20 at a church in Sunderland Springs, Texas
  • 2017 Paradise Papers are leaked; 13.4 million documents from offshore investment firm Appleby, mentioning Queen Elizabeth and Wilbur Ross US Secretary of Commerce
  • 2017 Bodies of 26 migrant teenage girls recovered from the Mediterranean, another 400 migrants rescued
  • 2018 Child suicide rate in Japan at 30-year high with 250 taking their lives 2016/17 according to Government Ministry
  • 2018 More than 80 students and teachers kidnapped from a boarding school in Bamenda, Cameroon
  • 2018 "Big Brother" reality show has its last episode in the UK on Channel 5, having run since 2000
  • 2018 Taskforce set up to identify and punish LGBT people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

2018 NASA's Voyager 2 probe leaves the solar system, becoming the second human-made object to reach interstellar space

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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  • 2019 Chinese government set new rules for gaming for young people to try to curb gaming addiction, including maximum 90 mins a day

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