On This Day: November 5th

November 5th:

1937- Adolf Hitler informs his military leaders in a secret meeting of his intentions of going to war.

1605- Gunpowder Plot: Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes attempts to blow up King James I and the British Parliament. Plot discovered, Guy Fawkes caught, tortured and later executed along with seven others. Celebrated ever since as Guy Fawkes Day, where his effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire, accompanied by fireworks.

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

1781- John Hanson elected first “President of US in Congress assembled”

1872- American women’s right to vote advocate Susan B. Anthony votes for Ulysses S. Grant

1872- Ulysses S. Grant re-elected US President

1895- 1st US patent granted for auto (George B Selden) for gasoline driven car

1912- Arizona, Kansas & Wisconsin vote for female suffrage

1912- Democrat candidate Woodrow Wilson is elected President of the United States, defeating Republican incumbent William Howard Taft and Progressive candidate Theodore Roosevelt

1940- Franklin D. Roosevelt is re-elected President of the United States for an unprecedented third term, defeating Republican candidate Wendell Willkie

1946- John F. Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) elected to US House of Representatives

1953- Film “How to Marry a Millionaire” directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, first to be filmed in CinemaScope; release delayed to allow “The Robe” to debut the format

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