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Today In History - November 5
Ulysses S. Grant and Woodrow Wilson
Ulysses S. Grant and Woodrow Wilson

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Today in History 1872 Ulysses S. Grant was re-elected as U.S. President; in 1912 Woodrow Wilson defeated Theodore Roosevelt and President Taft.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba
  • 1556 - Battle at Panipat: Mogollegers beat hindu leader Hemu
  • 1605 - Gunpowder Plot; attempt to blow up King James I while he opened Parliament. Plot discovered and Guy Fawkes caught and tortured. He and seven others were later executed
  • 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"
  • 1872 - Ulysses S. Grant re-elected US President
  • 1889 - Louisa Woosley first women to be ordained as a minister in any Presbyterian denomination (US Cumberland Presbyterian Church).
  • 1895 - 1st US patent granted for auto (George B Selden) for gasoline driven car
  • 1912 - Woodrow Wilson (D) defeats Theodore Roosevelt (Prog) & President Taft (R)
  • 1946 - John F Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) elected to US House of Representatives
  • 1937 - Hitler informs his military leaders in a secret meeting of his intentions of going to war
  • 1956 - Britain & France land forces in Egypt in reaction to seizure of Suez Canal
  • 1967 - New Orleans Saints 1st NFL victory, beat Philadelphia Eagles 31-24
  • 1979 - Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declares US "The Great Satan"
  • 1987 - Iceberg twice size of Rhode Island sighted in Antarctic
  • 1996 - Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL Rookie of Year
  • 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.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1905 - Joel McCrea, South Pasadena California, 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
  • 1940 - Elke Sommer, [Elke Schletz], Berlin Germany, actress (A Shot in the Dark, The Oscar)
  • 1941 - Art Garfunkel, New York, American singer/actor (Sounds of Silence, Carnal Knowledge)
  • 1947 - Peter Noone, rocker (Herman-Herman's Hermits-Silhouttes)
  • 1952 - Bill Walton, La Mesa California, NBA center (Portland Trailblazers, Boston Celtics)
  • 1955 – Kris Jenner, Reality television star who gained fame for appearing on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Talk, and America's Next Top Model.
  • 1959 - Bryan Adams, Kingston Ontario, Canadian singer (Heaven)
  • 1963 - Tatum O'Neal, Los Angeles California, actress (Paper Moon, Little Darlings) and ex-wife of John McEnroe
  • 1987 - Kevin Jonas, American guitarist, member of the Jonas Brothers

Famous Weddings

  • 1940 - American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries journalist Martha Gellhorn
  • 1941 - Writer and veterinary surgeon James Herriot (25) weds Joan Catherine Danbury
  • 1977 - 43rd US President George W. Bush (31) weds Laura Welch (31) at The First United Methodist Church in Midland, Texas
  • 2005 - 2004 Indianapolis 500 racecar driver winner Buddy Rice (29) weds Michelle Noonan in Arizona

Famous Deaths

  • 1930 - Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch physician and pathologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1858)
  • 1942 - George M Cohan, father of musical comedy, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1960 - Johnny Horton, country singer, dies at 33
  • 1960 - Mack Sennett, director/producer (Keystone Cops), dies
  • 1960 - Ward Bond, actor (Wagon Train), dies of heart attack at 57
  • 1989 - Barry Sadler, singer (Green Berets), murdered at 49 in Murfreesboro Tn
  • 1991 - Fred MacMurray, American actor (My Three Sons), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 2010 - Jill Clayburgh, American actress (b. 1944)

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