A to Z This Day in World History | November 5th

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On November 5th in world history, several significant events have taken place. Here are a few notable ones:

  1. 1605 – The Gunpowder Plot: On November 5, 1605, a group of conspirators led by Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the British Parliament in what is now known as the Gunpowder Plot. Their plan was to assassinate King James I and install a Catholic monarch, but the plot was foiled, and Fawkes was arrested and executed. This event is commemorated in the United Kingdom as Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night.
  2. 1872 – Susan B. Anthony’s illegal vote: Suffragist Susan B. Anthony cast a ballot in the U.S. presidential election, despite women not having the right to vote at the time. She was subsequently arrested and fined $100, but her actions were a part of the broader women’s suffrage movement.
  3. 1917 – The Balfour Declaration: On November 5, 1917, the British government issued the Balfour Declaration, a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Walter Rothschild expressing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. This declaration had a significant impact on the establishment of the State of Israel.
  4. 1940 – Franklin D. Roosevelt re-elected: In the United States, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office, defeating Republican candidate Wendell Willkie in the presidential election.
  5. 1994 – The world’s longest tunnel: The Channel Tunnel, connecting the United Kingdom and France, was officially opened. This engineering marvel consists of three tunnels, with two rail tunnels and a service tunnel. It allows for transportation between the two countries via high-speed trains and vehicles.

These are just a few historical events that happened on November 5th throughout history. There have been many more significant events on this date in various years and across different parts of the world.

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