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Today in History: November 5

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Today in History
November 5

1219   The port of Damietta falls to the Crusaders after a siege.
1556   The Emperor Akbar defeats the Hindus at Panipat and secures control of the Mogul Empire.
1605   Guy Fawkes is betrayed and arrested in an attempt to blow up the British Parliament in the "Gunpowder Plot." Ever since, England has celebrated Guy Fawkes Day.
1653   The Iroquois League signs a peace treaty with the French, vowing not to wage war with other tribes under French protection.
1757   Frederick II of Prussia defeats the French at Rosbach in the Seven Years War.
1768   William Johnson, the northern Indian Commissioner, signs a treaty with the Iroquois Indians to acquire much of the land between the Tennessee and Ohio rivers for future settlement.
1814   Having decided to abandon the Niagara frontier, the American army blows up Fort Erie.
1840   Afghanistan surrenders to the British army.
1854   British and French defeat the Russians at Inkerman, Crimea.
1862   President Abraham Lincoln relieves General George McClellan of command of the Union armies and names Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside commander of the Army of the Potomac.
1872   Susan B. Anthony is arrested for trying to vote.
1911   Calbraith P. Rodgers ends first transcontinental flight–49 days from New York to Pasadena, Calif.
1912   Woodrow Wilson is elected 28th president of the United States.
1914   France and Great Britain declare war on Turkey.
1917   General John Pershing leads U.S. troops into the first American action against German forces.
1930   Sinclair Lewis becomes the first American to win a Nobel Prize in Literature for his novel Babbit.
1935   Parker Brothers company launches "Monopoly," a game of real estate and capitalism.
1940   President Franklin D. Roosevelt is re-elected for third term.
1968   Richard Nixon is elected 37th president of the United States.
1968   Shirley Chisholm of Brooklyn, New York, becomes the first elected African American woman to serve in the House of Representatives.
1995   Andre Dallaire’s attempt to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien is foiled when the minister’s wife locks the door.
2003   Gary Ridgway, known as the Green River Killer, pleads guilty to 48 counts of murder.
2006   Former president of Iraq Saddam Hussein, along with Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, is sentenced to death for the massacre of 148 Shi’a Muslims in 1982.
2007   Chang’e 1, China’s first lunar satellite, begins its orbit of the moon.
2009   The deadliest mass shooting at a US military installation occurs at Fort Hood, Texas, when US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 and wounds 29.

Born on November 5

1855   Eugene V. Debs, American Socialist leader and first president of the American Railway Union.
1885   Will Durant, historian and author.
1913   Vivien Leigh, British actress famous for her role as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind.
1918   George Sheehan, cardiologist well known for his book Running and Being.
1942   Art Garfunkel, American singer, one half of "Simon and Garfunkel."
1943   Sam Shepard, American playwright and actor.
1945   Peter Pace, first USMC general appointed to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
1946   Gram Parsons, influential singer, songwriter, guitarist; member of The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and International Submarine Band.
1947   Peter Noone, singer, songwriter, musician, best known as Herman of Herman’s Hermits.
1948   William Daniel Phillips, shared 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to laser cooling, including his invention of the Zeeman slower technique for slowing the movement of gaseous atoms.
1963   Tatum O’Neal, actress; youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy award, for her performance at age 10 in Paper Moon (1973).
1973   Peter Emmerich, illustrator; in 2001 created the iconic "Mickey Salutes America" image featuring Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse.
1987   Kevin Jonas II, musician, actor; oldest member of the pop rock group Jonas Brothers.