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Guy Fawkes Day

1370 King Casimir III of Poland died.

Philippe de Mornay1549 Philippe de Mornay, French Huguenot statesman, was born.

1605 The Gunpowder Plot to blow up the British Parliament failed.

1630 Spain and England signed a peace treaty.

1639 The first post office in the American colonies was established in Massachusetts.

John Peter Zenger1733 John Peter Zenger published the first issue of the New York Weekly Journal.

1781 John Hanson was elected as the first "President of US in Congress assembled."

1789 The French National Meeting declared all citizens equal under the law.

1810 Alphonso Taft, Attorney General of the United States, was born.

Gouverneur Morris1816 American statesman Gouverneur Morris died.

1818 Attorney and Civil War General Benjamin Franklin Butler was born.

1838 Honduras declared itself independent of the Central American Federation.

1849 Brazilian statesman Rui Barbosa was born.

Charles Dow1851 Charles Dow, co-creater of the Dow Jones Average, was born.

1852 The American Society of Civil Engineers was organized.

1854 British and French forces defeated a Russian force of 50,000 at Inkerman, Russia.
Paul Sabatier1854 Chemist Paul Sabatier was born.

Eugene V. Debs1855 Eugene V. Debs, American socialist and labor leader, was born.

1857 Journalist Ida Tarbell was born.

1872 Painter Thomas Sully died.

John A. Macdonald1873 John A. Macdonald resigned as Prime Minister of Canada.

1879 Physicist James Clerk Maxwell died.

1885 Will Durant, historian and educator, was born.

1889 Louisa Woosley became the first woman to be ordained as a Presbyterian minister, by the U.S. Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

1895 George B. Selden was granted the first ever U.S. patent for a gasoline-powered automobile.
1895 Utah voted for woman suffrage.

1900 Cuba called a constitutional convention.

1902 U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond was born.

1905 Actor Joel McCrea was born.

1911 Television and movie cowboy Roy Rogers was born.

1912 Arizona, Kansas, and Wisconsin voted for woman suffrage.

1913 Ludwig III was crowned King of Bavaria.
Actress Vivien Leigh was born.

1914 England and France declared war on Turkey.

1916 Emperors Wilhelm II (Germany) and Franz Jozef I (Austria-Hungary) established the kingdom of Poland.

1917 The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisville, Kentucky, ordinance requiring blacks and whites to live in separate areas.

1919 Accordion player Myron Floren was born.

1927 Walter Hagen won his fourth consecutive PGA title, at Cedar Crest, Texas.
1927 Journalist Bob Abernethy was born.

1931 Rock musician Ike Turner was born.

1933 Spanish Basques voted for autonomy.
New England Patriots1933 The New England Patriots defeated the Chicago Bears 10-0, snapping a 30-game Bears winning streak.

1935 The Maryland Court of Appeals ordered the University of Maryland to admit Donald Murray, a black man.
Parker Brothers released the board game Monopoly.

1940 Actress Elke Sommer was born.

1941 Singer Art Garfunkel was born.

1942 Composer George M. Cohan died.

1943 Playwright Sam Shepard was born.

1946 Musician Gram Parsons was born.

1947 Rock musician Peter Noone was born.

1949 Actor Armin Shimerman was born.

1952 Basketball player Bill Walton was born.

1956 Britain and France landed forces at Port Said, Egypt, in reaction to Egypt's seizure of the Suez Canal.
1956 The "Nat King Cole Show" debuted on NBC-TV.

1959 Rock singer Bryan Adams was born.

1960 Actor Ward Bond died.
Film producer Mack Sennett died.

1963 Actress Andrea McArdle was born.
1963 Actress Tatum O'Neal was born.

1974 Walter E. Washington became the first elected mayor of Washington, D.C.
1974 Ella Grasso became the first woman to be elected Governor (of Connecticut) who was not related to a previous Governor.

1975 The British government sent troops to Belize.
Sao Tome and Principe1975 Sao Tome and Principe adopted a constitution.

1977 Band leader Guy Lombardo died.

1978 Golfer Bubba Watson was born.

1979 Cartoonist Al Capp died.

1987 Musician Kevin Jonas was born.

1989 Alain Prost won the Formula One Drivers' Championship.
1989 Pianist Vladimir Horowitz died.

1991 The body of millionaire newspaper publisher Robert Maxwell was found in the sea off the coast of Tenerife.

1992 Bobby Fisher beat Boris Spassky in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, to win the World Chess title.
Astronomer Jan Hendrik Oort died.

George Foreman1994 George Foreman KO'd Michael Moorer in the 10th round to become the oldest fighter ever to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

1995 André Dallaire attempted to assassinate Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.

David Ross Brower2000 Environmentalist David Ross Brower died.

2003 Singer Bobby Hatfield died.

2006 Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death.

2007 China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1, went into lunar orbit.

2009 U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 and wounded 43 at Fort Hood, Texas.

2012 A suicide car bomb killed 50 Syrian military personnel in Hama.

2017 A gunman killed 26 persons and wounded 20 at a church in Sunderland Springs, Texas.

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