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1605 – The “Gunpowder Plot” attempted by Guy Fawkes failed when he was captured before he could blow up the English Parliament. Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated every November 5th in Britain to celebrate his failure to blow up all the members of Parliament and King James I.

1492 – Corn is discovered by Spanish explorers in 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.

1556 – Second Battle of Panipat: Fifty miles north of Delhi, a Mughal Army defeats Hindu forces of General Hemu to ensure Akbar the throne of India. In the battle, Hemu became unconscious when an arrow stuck into his right eye. He was brought as captive to Akbar and was hanged

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

1583 – Dutch Count William IV van den Bergh, Stadtholder of Guelders and Zutphen and his family taken prisoner on suspicion of treason by forces of William I of Orange

1605 – The “Gunpowder Plot” attempted by Guy Fawkes failed when he was captured before he could blow up the English Parliament. Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated every November 5th in Britain to celebrate his failure to blow up all the members of Parliament and King James I.

1639 – First post office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts

1688 – Glorious Revolution begins: William of Orange lands at Brixham.

1743 – Coordinated scientific observations of the transit of Mercury were organized by Joseph-Nicolas Delisle

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

1844 – In California, a grizzly bear underwent a successful cataract operation at the Zoological Garden.

1862 – Indian Wars: In Minnesota, more than 300 Santee Sioux are found guilty of rape and murder of white settlers and are sentenced to hang

1872 – In the U.S., Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the presidential election. She never paid the fine.

1895 – George B. Selden received the first U.S. patent for an automobile. He sold the rights for $200,000 four years later.

1911 – After declaring war on the Ottoman Empire on September 29, 1911, Italy annexes Tripoli and Cyrenaica.

1913 – The insane king Otto of Bavaria is deposed by his cousin, Prince Regent Ludwig, who assumes the title Ludwig III

1916 – The Everett Massacre takes place as political differences lead to a shoot-out between IWW organizers and local police.

1917 – Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Lousiville KY ordinance requiring blacks & whites to live in separate areas

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

1932 – Benito Mussolini frees 16,000 convicts

1935 – The game “Monopoly” was introduced by Parker Brothers Company.

1940 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office.

1943 – Vatican City bombed – Vatican City was bombed by a fascist Italian aircraft breaching the neutrality of Vatican during the second World War

1944 – Lord Moyne, a British official, was assassinated by the Zionist Stern gang in Cairo, Egypt.

1946 – John F. Kennedy was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives at the age of 29.

1955 – Date returned to in “Back to the Future” by Marty McFly

1956 – British and French forces began landing in Egypt during the Suez Canal Crisis. A cease-fire was declared 2 days later.

1959 – The American Football League was formed.

1962 – A mining accident kills 21 miners at the government-owned Kings Bay Coal Company on Svalbard, leading the Norwegian government to close the mine

1963 – Archaeologists found the remains of a Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.

1964 – US launches Mariner 3 toward Mars; no data returned

1965 – State of Emergency declared in Rhodesia after collapse of negotiations with Great Britain over Rhodesian independence (UDI would follow six days later).

1974 – Ella T. Grasso was elected governor of Connecticut. She was the first woman in the U.S. to win a governorship without succeeding her husband.

1976 – Pirates trade Manny Sanguillen & $100,000 to A’s for mgr Chuck Tanner

1979 – Ayatollah Khomeini declares the USA to be “the great Satan”

1981 – Former Dolphin, Mercury Morris, is sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficking, conspiracy, & possession of cocaine

1984 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NFL had exceeded antitrust limits in attempting to stop the Oakland Raiders from moving to Los Angeles.

1986 – The White House reaffirmed the U.S. ban on the sale of weapons to Iran.

1987 – In South Africa, Goban Mbeki was released after serving 24 years in the Robben Island prison. He had been sentenced to life for treason against the white minority government of South Africa.

1990 – Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the Kach movement, was shot to death after a speech at a New York Hotel. His assassin, Egyptian El Sayyid, was later convicted of the murder and was sentenced to life in prison for his part in the World Trade Center bombing.

1992 – Malice Green, a black motorist, was beaten to death in Detroit during a struggle with police. Two officers were later convicted in his death and sentenced to prison.

1994 – Former U.S. President Reagan announced that he had Alzheimer’s disease.

1995 – Andr Dallaire attempts to assassinate Jean Chrtien; he is thwarted when the Prime Minister’s wife locks the door.

1998 – The U.N. announced that the Taliban militia had killed up to 5,000 civilians in a takeover of an Afghani town.

1999 – A 12-day conference on global warming, attended by delegates from 170 nations, ended in Bonn, Germany.

2001 – It was announced that European aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Dubai-based Emirates airlines set up a joint venture specializing in airline services.

2003 – Green Valley Killer pleads guilty – Gary Ridgeway, a serial killer also known as the Green Valley Killer plead guilty to killing 48 women in the 1980s and 1990s.

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.

2009 – Major Malik Hasan opened fire at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center in Fort Hood, Texas and killed 13 people, injuring 30.

2012 – 50 Syrian military personnel are killed by a suicide car bomb in Hama

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’

2017 – Devin Patrick Kelley fired more than 450 rounds at attendees during a church’s Sunday service, injuring 22 and killing 26. He died later that day from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after two men chased him with firearms of their own as he fled the scene

2018 – Child suicide rate in Japan at 30-year high with 250 taking their lives 2016/17 according to Government Ministry

2019 – Chinese government set new rules for gaming for young people to try to curb gaming addiction, including maximum 90 mins a day

2022 – Iranian government acknowledges sending a limited number of military drones to Russia in the months before the invasion of Ukraine

REFERENCE: history.net, onthisday.com, thepeopleshistory.com, timeanddate.com, scopesys.com, on-this-day.com


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