#TodayInHistory – November 5
November 5 – Some important events on this day.
1492 👉🏼 Christopher Columbus 1st learns about growing and harvesting maize (corn) from Cuba’s indigenous population
1500 👉🏼 Astronomer Copernicus observes a lunar eclipse in Rome
1556 👉🏼 Second Battle of Panipat: Hindu Emperor of north India Hem Chandra Vikramaditya defeated by forces of Mughal Emperor Akbar, who captures and later beheads Hem Chandra
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.
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1889 👉🏼 Louisa Woosley first women to be ordained as a minister in any Presbyterian denomination (US Cumberland Presbyterian Church).
1916 👉🏼 The Everett Massacre takes place in Everett, Washington as political differences lead to a shoot-out between IWW organizers and local police.
1935 👉🏼 Parker Brothers launches game of Monopoly
1937 👉🏼 Adolf Hitler informs his military leaders in a secret meeting of his intentions of going to war
1955 👉🏼 The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio after it was destroyed in World War II
1956 👉🏼 Britain and France land airborne forces at Port Said in Egypt, escalating the Suez Crisis
1979 👉🏼 Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini describes the United States as “The Great Satan” amid accusations of imperialism and the sponsoring of corruption
1987 👉🏼 Iceberg twice size of Rhode Island sighted in Antarctic
1995 👉🏼 André Dallaire attempts to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien; he is thwarted when the PM’s wife locks the door.
2015 👉🏼 Japan’s 1st officially recognized same-sex couple union – Koyuki Higashi and Hiroko Matsuhara in Tokyo