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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

1572 Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe observes a new star (supernova) with the naked eye in the Cassiopeia constellation, proving objects changed in world beyond the Moon and making his reputation [1]

400 Years of Celebration After Plotters Fail to Kill a King

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.

  • 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

Historic Publication

1740 The third volume of philosopher David Hume's seminal work "A Treatise of Human Nature" is published by Thomas Longman

  • 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)

Election of Interest

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"

  • 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

Historic Event

1862 Ambrose Burnside replaces McClellen as head of Army of Potomac

  • 1862 Battle at Barbee's Crossroads, Virginia: 51 casualties

Historic Event

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

Election of Interest

1872 Ulysses S. Grant re-elected US President

Historic Event

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

Historic Expedition

1876 Henry Morton Stanley's expedition leaves Nyangwe

  • 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
  • 1881 French government-Ferry resigns
  • 1883 Battle at El Obeid Sudan: Mahdi's army destroys Egyptian army
  • 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
  • 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

Theater Premiere

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

Spain Declares War Against the United States

1900 Under US military control since the end of the Spanish–American War in 1898, Cuba now calls its own constitutional convention

  • 1911 Calbraith Rodgers arrives in Pasadena completing 1st transcontinental airplane flight (49 days) (left Sheepshead Bay, NY, Sept 17)
  • 1911 Italian forces take Tripoli & Cyrenaica, declaring suzerainty over Ottoman-controlled Libya
  • 1912 Arizona, Kansas & Wisconsin vote for female suffrage
  • 1912 Bulgarian troops in Constantinople blockade drinking water

Election of Interest

1912 Democrat candidate Woodrow Wilson is elected President of the United States, defeating Republican incumbent William Howard Taft and Progressive candidate Theodore Roosevelt

  • 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

Historic Event

1916 German Emperor Wilhelm II and Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I establish the Kingdom of Poland

  • 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
  • 1925 British secret agent Sidney Reilly ('Ace of Spies') is executed in a forest near Moscow by the OGPU, the secret police of the Soviet Union

Historic Event

1925 Mussolini disbands Italian socialist parties

  • 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 the board game Monopoly

Historic Event

1936 French writer Andre Gide criticizes Soviet regime

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Election of Interest

1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt is re-elected President of the United States for an unprecedented third term, defeating Republican candidate Wendell Willkie

Attack on Pearl Harbor

1941 Japanese naval staff officers 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.

Election of Interest

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

Historic Event

1950 Philippines president Elpidio Quirino ends emergency crisis

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Catholic Encyclical

1956 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Datis nuperrime

Historic Event

1961 India's Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru arrives in NY

Historic Event

1963 US VP Lyndon B. Johnson visits Netherlands

  • 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

Election of Interest

1968 Republican candidate Richard Nixon is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Hubert Humphrey and Independent candidate 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 Arab producers announce 25 percent cut in oil production
  • 1973 BART starts SF-Daly City train shuttle service
  • 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 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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

Assassination Attempt

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

  • 1995 STS 73 (Columbia 18), lands

Election of Interest

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

  • 1997 2 hours after Davey Johnson resigns he is named AL Manager of Year

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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.

  • 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.

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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 Fundão dam in Brazil collapses, killing about 23, causing a second dam to fail, releasing a massive flood of mud down the Rio Dulce
  • 2015 Japan's 1st officially recognized same-sex couple union - Koyuki Higashi and Hiroko Matsuhara in Tokyo
  • 2017 Bodies of 26 migrant teenage girls recovered from the Mediterranean, another 400 migrants rescued
  • 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 Typhoon Damrey strikes Vietnam's south-central coast killing at least 27, leaving others missing

Historic Event

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

  • 2018 "Big Brother" reality show has its last episode in the UK on Channel 5, having run since 2000
  • 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

Voyager 2 Spacecraft

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

  • 2018 Taskforce set up to identify and punish LGBT people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • 2019 Chinese government set new rules for gaming for young people to try to curb gaming addiction, including maximum 90 mins a day
  • 2021 Eight people crushed to death and 13 hospitalized in a crowd surge during a Travis Scott performance at Astroworld Festival, Houston, Texas [1]
  • 2022 Iranian government acknowledges sending a limited number of military drones to Russia in the months before the invasion of Ukraine [1]