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This Day in History – November 5

This Day In History




1639 – First post office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts.


1773 – John Hancock is elected as moderator at a Boston town meeting that resolves that anyone who supports the Tea Act is an “Enemy to America.”


1889 – Louisa Woosley first woman to be ordained as a minister in any Presbyterian denomination (US Cumberland Presbyterian Church).


1895 – 1st US patent granted for auto (George B. Selden) for gasoline driven car.


1917 – Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Louisville, Kentucky, ordinance requiring blacks and whites to live in separate areas.


1927 – Walter Hagen beats Joe Turnesa for 4th consecutive PGA titles.


1935 – Parker Brothers launches game of Monopoly.


1940 – US President FDR (D) wins unprecedented 3rd term beating Wendell Wilkie (R).


1956 – The Nat King Cole Show debuts on NBC, the first variety program to be hosted by an African-American.


1967 – ATS-3 launched by US to take first pictures of full Earth disc.


1967 – US troops conquer Loc Ninh South Vietnam.


1968 – Richard Nixon (R) beats Vice President Hubert Humphrey (D) and George Wallace (I) in U.S. Presidential election.


1974 – Ella Grassco (Ct) elected first woman US governor not related to previous governor.


1978 – Oakland Raider’s John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games.


1987 – “Into the Woods” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 764 performances.


1988 – Cornell confirms grad student source of worst computer sabotage.


1994 – Space probe Ulyssus completes 1st passage behind the Sun.


1996 – Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL Rookie of the Year.


2009 – US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan (US Army Medical Corps) killed 13 and wounded 43 at Fort Hood, Texas in the largest mass shooting ever at a US military installation.


2015 – Collins Dictionary name “binge-watch” the word of the year, followed by “transgender.”

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