5th November, on this day

1414 Council of Constance (16th ecumenical council) opens
1492 Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from the Indians of Cuba
1499 Publication of the Catholicon in Treguier (Brittany). This Breton-French-Latin dictionary was written in 1464 by Jehan Lagadeuc. It is the first Breton dictionary as well as the first French dictionary.
1530 St. Felix's Flood destroys the city of Reimerswaal in the Netherlands
1605 Gunpowder Plot : A Catholic plot led by Robert Catesby to blow up the English Houses of Parliament is thwarted when Sir Thomas Knyvet, a justice of the peace, finds Guy Fawkes in a cellar below the Parliament building
1688 Glorious Revolution begins: William of Orange lands at Brixham.
1743 Coordinated scientific observations of the transit of Mercury were organised by Joseph-Nicolas Delisle.
1757 Seven Years' War : Frederick the Great defeats the allied armies of France and the Holy Roman Empire in the Battle of Rossbach.
1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix : The purpose of the conference was to adjust the boundary line between Indian lands and white settlements set forth in the Proclamation of 1763 in the Thirteen Colonies.
1780 French-American force under Colonel LaBalme is defeated by Miami Chief Little Turtle.
1781 John Hanson elected 1st "President of the US in Congress assembled"
1811 El Salvador's 1st battle against Spain for independence
1831 Nat Turner, American slave leader, is tried, convicted, and sentenced to death in Virginia.
1838 The Federal Republic of Central America begins to disintegrate when Nicaragua separated from the federation.
1838 Honduras declares independence of Federal Republic of Central America
1854 In the Crimean War combined British and French forces defeat the Russians at the Battle of Inkerman
1859 In Britain, the repeal of the law compelling people to celebrate 'Guy Fawkes' Night'
1862 Abraham Lincoln removes George B. McClellan as commander of the Union Army for the second and final time.
1862 Indian Wars : In Minnesota, 303 Dakota warriors are found guilty of rape and murder of whites and are sentenced to hang.
1872 The ship, the 'Marie Celeste' sets sail. Its found floating but completely deserted on December 5th
1872 In America, Republican Ulysses Grant is re-elected US President
1872 Susan B Anthony fined $100 for trying to vote for Ulysses S Grant
1875 Susan B Anthony arrested for attempting to vote
1883 In Sudan, the Madhi defeats an Egyptian force commanded by British General William Hicks before attacking the capital, Khart
1895 1st US patent granted for auto (George B Selden)
1909 Woolworths opens its first British store in Liverpool
1911 Italy attacks Turkey, takes Tipoli and Cyrenaica
1911 Calbraith Rodgers arrives in Pasadena completing 1st transcontinental airplane flight (49 days) (left Sheepshead Bay, NY, Sept 17)
1912 United States presidential election, 1912 : Woodrow Wilson wins a landslide victory over Republican incumbent William Howard Taft. Taft's base is undercut by Progressive Party candidate (and former Republican) Theodore Roosevelt, who finishes second, ahead of Taft.
1912 The appointment of a British Board of Film Censors to classify films as either a 'U' for 'Universal' or 'Not Suitable for Children'
1913 Ludwig III crowned king of Bavaria deposing Otto of Bavaria
1914 World War I : Britian and France declare war on Turkey
1914 Britain annexes Cyprus
1916 The Kingdom of Poland is proclaimed by the Act of November 5th of the emperors of Germany and Austria-Hungary.
1916 The Everett Massacre takes place in Everett, Washington as political differences lead to a shoot-out between Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union organisers and local police.
1917 October Revolution : In Tallinn, Esthonia, Communist leader Jaan Anwelt leads revolutionaries in overthrowing the Provisional Government (As Estonia and Russia are still using the Julian Calendar, subsequent period references show an October 23 date).
1917 Gen Pershing and US troops see action on Western Front for 1st time
1917 Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Lousiville KY ordinance requiring blacks and whites to live in separate areas
1919 Italian-born American actor Rudolph Valentino, the cinema's first male sex symbol, marries actress Jean Acker. The marriage lasts less than 6 hours
1927 Britain introduces its first automatic traffic lights in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands
1935 Parker Brothers launches game of Monopoly
1937 Adolf Hitler holds a secret meeting and states his plans for acquiring "living space" for the German people.
1940 United States presidential election, 1940 : Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected to a third term as President of The United States of America.
1942 Second Battle of El Alamein ends - German forces under Erwin Rommel are forced to retreat during the night
1942 Pro-British Clandestine Radio Diego Suarez's final transmission
1946 John F Kennedy (D-MA) elected to House of Representatives
1950 American General Douglas McArthur reports Chinese Communist troops are massing in North Korea t
1953 Paul Searls saws a 32" log in 86.4 seconds
1956 Suez Crisis : Britain and France land forces in Egypt
1964 US launches Mariner 3 toward Mars; no data returned
1967 The Hither Green rail crash in the United Kingdom kills 49 people. The survivors include Bee Gee Robin Gibb.
1967 ATS-3 launched by US to take 1st pictures of full Earth disk
1968 United States presidential election, 1968 : Richard Nixon (R) beats VP Humphrey (D) & George C Wallace for Presidency
1970 The United States Military Assistance Command in Vietnam reports the lowest weekly American soldier death toll in five years (24).
1972 In Sweden, four young musicians form themselves into a group called 'ABBA'
1983 Byford Dolphin diving bell accident kills five and leaves one severely injured.
1986 USS Rentz (FFG-46), USS Reeves (DLG-24) and USS Oldendorf (DD-972) visit Qingdao (Tsing Tao) China — the first US Naval visit to China since 1949
1987 Govan Mbeki is released from custody after serving 24 years in prison. He had been sentenced to life for terrorism and treason.
1987 Iceberg twice the size of Rhode Island sighted in Antarctic
1988 Cornell confirms grad student source of worst computer sabotage
1990 In New York, Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the militant Jewish Defence League and Israel's anti-Arab Kach Party, is assassinated
1991 Millionaire publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell is found dead at sea – several hours after mysteriously disappearing from his yacht off the Canary Islands
1996 United States presidential election, 1996 : US President Bill Clinton beats Bob Dole to win a second term in office
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.

November 5th 2005

Tough French warning for rioters

Cruise ship repels Somali pirates

US launches new offensive in Iraq

November 5th 2006

Saddam Hussein sentenced to death

Bomb explosions kill 15 in Assam

Bid to overhaul Europe power grid

November 5th 2007

Pakistan 'to keep elections date'

PetroChina is world's top company

Google goes into mobile phones

November 5th 2008

World leaders hail Obama triumph

US Afghan air strike 'killed 40'

Mexico City jet crash toll rises

November 5th 2009

'13 shot dead' at US army base

Afghan strife makes UN relocate

Saudi jets 'attack Yemen rebels'

November 5th 2010

Mosque attack in Pakistan kills 55

Dozens die in new Merapi eruption

Air crash : 21 die

China fire : 19 die

November 5th 2011

Birthdates which occurred on November 5th:

1818 Benjamin F Butler Union general/presidential candidate (anti-monopoly)
1849 Rui Barbosa Brazil, statesman/jurist/essayist/civil liberties
1855 Eugene V Debs labor organizer, Socialist presidential candidate
1857 Ida Tarbell muckraker (Standard Oil was very unhappy)
1876 Raymond Duchamp-Villon cubist sculptor (Head of Baudeaire)
1884 James Elroy Flecker English poet/dramatist (Hassan)
1885 Will Durant writer/historian (Story of Civilization)
1887 Paul Wittgenstein Vienna Austria, left hand specialist pianist
1891 Earle (Greasy) Neale NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles)
1894 Eugen Zador Bataszek, Hungary, Hungarian/American composer (Diana)
19-- Brian Wheat rock bassist (Tesla-Psychotic Supper)
19-- Jan Shutan Los Angeles CA, actress (Ruth-Sons & Daughters)
1905 Joel McCrea South Pasadena CA, actor (Marshal-Wichita Town)
1911 Roy Rogers Cincinnati Ohio, cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show)
1912 Natalie Schaeffer Rumson NJ, actress (Lovey Howell-Gilligan's Island)
1913 John McGiver NYC, actor (Patty Duke Show, Jimmy Stewart Show)
1913 Vivien Leigh (Gone With Wind) Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn
1915 Moe Biller NYC, labor union officer (AFL-CIO, Postal Workers)
1919 Myron Floren Webster San Diego CA, accordionist (Lawrence Welk Show)
1927 Robert Abernethy Geneva Switzerland, Newscaster (NBC News Encore)
1930 Herb Edelman Brooklyn NY, actor (Good Guys, Strike Force, 9 to 5)
1931 Ike Turner AKA Mr Tina Turner!, singer (A Fool in Love)
1932 Arthur L Liman NYC, trial lawyer (Oliver North)
1935 Dick Davalos Bronx, actor (Jeff-The Americans)
1938 Chris Robinson Florida, actor (Stanley, General Hospital, Another World)
1941 Patricia Harty Wash DC, actress (Occasional Wife, Blondie)
1942 Art Garfunkel NYC, singer/actor (Sounds of Silence, Carnal Knowledge)
1942 Elke Sommer Berlin Germany, actress (Oscar, 10 Little Indians)
1942 Richie Scheinblum Bronx-born outfielder for the Kansas City Royals (Sporting News All Star Right fielder 1972 American League)
1943 Sam Shepard US, actor/playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart)
1946 Patricia K Kuhl speech & hearing scientist
1947 Oleg Antropov USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1968)
1947 Peter Noone rocker (Herman-Herman's Hermits-Silhouettes)
1951 Cindy Brooks Gettysburg PA, playmate (April, 1985)
1952 Bill Walton NBA center (Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics)
1957 Jon-Erik Hexum Tenafly NJ, actor (Voyager, Cover-up)
1959 Bryan Adams Vancouver BC Canada, singer (Heaven)
1959 Rob Fisher rocker (Climie Fisher-Love Changes)
1963 Andrea McArdle Philadelphia PA, actress (Annie); "Sun Will Come Out Tommorrow"
1963 Tatum O'Neal Los Angeles CA, Mrs John MacEnroe (Paper Moon, Little Darlings)
1969 Jennifer Guthrie Willimantic CT, actress (Dawn-General Hospital)
1971 Corin "Corky" Nemec Little Rock AR, actor (Tucker, Parker Lewis)


Deaths which occurred on November 5th:
1956 Art Tatum black pianist, dies at 46 in Los Angeles
1960 Ward Bond actor, dies at 55
1969 Lloyd Corrigan actor (Prof McKillup-Hank), dies at 69
1974 Stafford Repp actor (Chief O'Hara-Batman), dies at 56
1977 Guy Lombardo orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), dies in Houston at 75
1979 Al Capp cartoonist (Lil' Abner), dies at 70
1982 Jacques Tati actor/director, dies of pulmonary embolism
1989 Barry Sadler singer (Green Berets), dies at 49 in Murfreesboro Tn
1989 Vladamir Horowitz pianist, dies at 85
1991 Fred MacMurray actor (My Three Sons), dies at 84
1991 Robert Maxwell Billionaire publisher (NY Daily News), dies at 68

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