5 NOVEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850
  • Eugene V. Debs, 1855
  • Will Durant, 1885
  • Joel McCrea, 1906
  • Roy Rogers, 1912
  • Vivien Leigh, 1913
  • Ike Turner, 1931
  • Lester Piggott, 1935
  • Art Garfunkel, 1941
  • Elke Sommer, 1941
  • Sam Shepard, 1943
  • Gram Parsons, 1946
  • Peter Noone, 1947
  • Bryan Adams, 1959
  • Tatum O'Neal, 1963

Died On This Day:

  • Texas Guinan, 1933
  • George M. Cohan, 1942
  • Maurice Utrillo, 1955
  • Ward Bond, 1960
  • Mack Sennett, 1960
  • Lionel Trilling, 1975
  • Guy Lombardo, 1977
  • Al Capp, 1979
  • Vladimir Horowitz, 1989
  • Rabbi Meir Kahane, 1990
  • Fred MacMurray, 1991
  • Robert Maxwell disappears, 1991
  • Roy Boulting, 2001
  • John Fowles, 2005
  • Jill Clayburgh, 2010

Today's Events:

  • 1605 - After Guy Fawkes capture at midnight in the Gunpowder Plot, remaining plotters escape London.
  • 1639 - First Colonial post office established in Richard Fairbanks' house in Boston.
  • 1716 - William Levingston acquires property to build America's first theatre at Williamsburg, VA.
  • 1854 - Victory of Britain and France over Russians at Battle of Inkerman (Crimean war).
  • 1913 - Los Angeles gets water! Owens River Aqueduct opens guaranteeing 260 million gallons every day.
  • 1921 - President Warren Harding proclaims Armistice Day to be a legal holiday on Nov. 11 commemorating WWI.
  • 1941 - Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit' starts 657 performance run on Broadway.
  • 1959 - Paddy Chayevsky's 'The Tenth Man' starts 653 performance run on Broadway.
  • 1968 - Democrat Shirley Chisholm becomes first black woman to serve in House of Representatives.
  • 1991 - First medical marijuana initiative passed in San Francisco with 79% of the vote.
  • 1994 - George Foreman, 45, becomes oldest boxer to win title in any weight class; KO's Michael Moorer.
  • 1996 - California becomes first State to legalize medical marijuana.
  • 2006 - Iraq's High Tribunal finds Saddam Hussein guilty of crimes against humanity and sentences him to hang.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Zachary and Elizabeth

Holiday:

  • Guy Fawkes' Day in Britain. NOTE: 2005 will be the 400th Anniversary of this event! This calls for the greatest fireworks display ever!

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • THANKSGIVING DAY (U.S.) last Thursday of November.
  • TUNG CHICH, Feast of the Winter Solstice in China (sometime during the eleventh moon on the shortest day of the year)
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • TUNG CHICH, Feast of the Winter Solstice in China (sometime during the eleventh moon on the shortest day of the year)
  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • HANUKKA also spelled CHANUKAH (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • ELEPHANT ROUNDUP AT SURIN, THAILAND celebrated third Sunday in November
  • ON-MATSURI, Yamato region harvest festival in Nara, Japan
  • CHICHIBU NO YO-MATSURI, Kabuki and fireworks in Japan

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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