On This Day In History, 5 November

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World Events Today

  • The Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up The Houses of Parliament, was discovered today in 1605, it’s now known as Guy Fawkes Day, named after one of the plotters
  • The President of the United States, Franklin D Roosevelt, was re-elected for an unprecedented third term today in 1940
  • Gary Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer, entered a guilty plea to 48 charges of murder today in 2003

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Nat King Cole Show debuted on the NBC network today in 1956, it was one of the first television shows to be hosted by an African American and ran for just over a year
  • Marty McFly travelled back in time 30 years today in 1985, it was in a DMC DeLorean in the hit movie Back To The Future
  • George Foreman, aged 45, became the oldest World Heavyweight Boxing Champion ever today in 1994, he knocked out 26 year old Michael Moorer

Family Events Today

  • The Canadian singer Bryan Adams, who sold over 15 million copies of Everything I Do, I Do It for You, was born today in 1959
  • Art Garfunkel, of Simon and Garfunkel fame, was born today in 1941
  • The English jockey Lester Piggott, winner of 9 Epsom Derbies, was born today in 1935

Main Event Today

  • Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, was sentenced to death by an Iraqi court today in 2006

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Love Your Red Hair Day

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