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11/5/2019 7:31:00 AM
World Almanac

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested in a Westminster Palace cellar, which thwarted the Gunpowder Plot to assassinate King James I of England and Ireland.

In 1940, incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated challenger Wendell Willkie to win an unprecedented third presidential term.

In 2009, a U.S. Army major fatally shot 13 people and wounded 32 others at Fort Hood in Texas.

In 2017, a gunman fatally shot 26 people and wounded 20 others at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Ida Tarbell (1857-1944), journalist; Roy Rogers (1911-1998), actor/singer; Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), actress; Art Garfunkel (1941- ), singer; Sam Shepard (1943-2017), playwright/actor; Bill Walton (1952- ), basketball player/commentator; Bryan Adams (1959- ), singer-songwriter; Tilda Swinton (1960- ), actress; Famke Janssen (1965- ), actress; Sam Rockwell (1968- ), actor; Ryan Adams (1974- ), singer-songwriter; Bubba Watson (1978- ), golfer; Kevin Jonas (1987- ), musician.

TODAY'S FACT: American inventor George B. Selden patented the first automobile on this day in 1895.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1994, 45-year-old George Foreman knocked out 26-year-old Michael Moorer to become the oldest boxer to win the heavyweight championship.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "I've heard writers talk about 'discovering a voice,' but for me that wasn't a problem. There were so many voices that I didn't know where to start." -- Sam Shepard

TODAY'S NUMBER: $100 -- amount of the fine levied against suffragist Susan B. Anthony for voting, which was illegal for women, on this day in 1872.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Nov. 4) and full moon (Nov. 12).

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