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1530 - St. Felix's Flood destroys the city of Reimerswaal in the Netherlands

1556 - Fifty miles north of Delhi, a Mogul Army defeats Hindu forces of General Hemu to ensure Akbar the throne of India.

1605 - Gunpowder Plot: A plot led by Robert Catesby to blow up the English Houses of Parliament is thwarted when Sir Thomas Knyvet, a justice of the peace, finds Guy Fawkes in a cellar below the Parliament building. Fawkes was later hung, drawn and quartered for his role in the conspiracy. The phrase "Remember the Fifth of November!" comes from Guy Fawkes Night, an unofficial holiday commemorating the Gunpowder Plot.

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

1838 - The United States of Central America began to disintegrate when Honduras separated from the federation.

1862 - American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln removes George McClellan as commander of the Union Army for the second and final time.

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 - Women's suffrage: In defiance of the law, suffragist Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time, and is later fined $100.

1895 - George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.

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

1912 - U.S. presidential election, 1912: Democratic challenger Woodrow Wilson wins a victory over the Progressive former President Theodore Roosevelt and Republican incumbent William Howard Taft.

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

1913 - United Kingdom annexes Cyprus, and together with France declares war on the Ottoman Empire.


1916 - The Kingdom of Poland proclaimed by the November 5th Act of the emperors of Germany and Austria-Hungary.

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

1917 - St. Tikhon of Moscow was elected the Patriarch of Moscow and of the Russian Orthodox Church.

1930 - Sinclair Lewis is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

1935 - Parker Brothers releases the board game Monopoly.

1937 - World War II: Adolf Hitler holds a secret meeting and states his plans for acquiring "living space" for the German people.

1940 - U.S. presidential election, 1940: Democrat incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Republican challenger Wendell Willkie and becomes the United States' only third-term president.

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

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

1968 - U.S. presidential election, 1968: Republican challenger Richard M. Nixon defeats Vice President Hubert Humphrey and American Independent Party candidate George C. Wallace.

1970 - Vietnam War: The United States Military Assistance Command in Vietnam reports the lowest weekly American soldier death toll in five years (24).

1975 - The Travis Walton abduction happens.

1979 - The radio news program Morning Edition premieres on National Public Radio.


1979 - Ayatollah Khomeini declares the USA to be "the great Satan".

1985 - Reliquary of St Maurus from the 13th century discovered in a cache in the chapel of Be?ov Castle.

1987 - Apartheid: In South Africa, Govan Mbeki is released from custody after serving 24 years in the Robben Island prison. He had been sentenced to life for treason against the white minority South Africa government.

1990 - Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the far-right Kach movement, is shot dead after a speech at a New York City hotel.

1992 - In Detroit, Michigan, black motorist Malice Green dies after a struggle with white policemen Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn.

1994 - A letter by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan is released that announces he has Alzheimer's disease.

1994 - Forty-five year old George Foreman becomes boxing's oldest heavyweight champion when he knocks out Michael Moorer.

1996 - U.S. presidential election, 1996: Democrat incumbent Bill Clinton defeats Republican challenger Bob Dole to win his second term.

1998 - Lewinsky scandal: As part of the impeachment inquiry, House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde sends a list of 81 questions to US President Bill Clinton.

1998 - The journal Nature publishes a genetic study showing compelling evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered a son, Eston Hemings Jefferson, by his slave Sally Hemings.

1999 - United States v. Microsoft: U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issues a preliminary ruling that software maker Microsoft had "monopoly power".

2000 - Emperor Haile Selassie I given an Imperial funeral by the Ethiopian Orthodox church

2003 - The final installment of the Matrix Trilogy (The Matrix Revolutions) is released in theatres simultaneously around the world at 2:00 p.m. (GMT).

2004 - The Incredibles is released by Buena Vista Distribution in the United States.

2005 - Gorillaz play their first major concert in Manchester


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