Today in History: November 5

Today in History: November 5

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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

Shirley Chisholm of Brooklyn, New York, becomes the first elected African American woman to serve in the House of Representatives.

1968

Richard Nixon is elected 37th president of the United States.

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.