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Guy Fawkes Day

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

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

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."

Gouverneur Morris1816 American statesman Gouverneur Morris died.

1849 Brazilian statesman Rui Barbosa was born.

1852 The American Society of Civil Engineers was organized.

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.

1885 Will Durant, historian and educator, was born.

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

1902 U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond was born.

1911 Television and movie cowboy Roy Rogers was born.

1913 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.

1931 Rock musician Ike Turner was born.

New England Patriots1933 The New England Patriots defeated the Chicago Bears 10-0, snapping a 30-game Bears winning streak.

1935 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.

1947 Rock musician Peter Noone was born.

1952 Basketball player Bill Walton was born.

Suez Canal1956 Britain and France landed forces in Egypt in reaction to Egypt's seizure of the Suez Canal.

1959 Rock singer Bryan Adams was born.

1960 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.

1977 Band leader Guy Lombardo died.

1979 Cartoonist Al Capp died.

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

1992 Astronomer Jan Hendrik Oort died.

David Ross Brower2000 Environmentalist David Ross Brower died.

2003 Singer Bobby Hatfield died.

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