1605 – Guy Fawkes was arrested during a search of the Palace of Westminster on the 5th November 1605, which foiled Robert Catesby‘s plot to destroy the House of Lords and all within it. GUY FAWKES NiGHT aka Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on the 5th November since 1605.
1895 – George B. Selden was granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile on the 5th November 1895.
1911 – Roy Rogers the American singer, guitarist, and actor was born on the 5th November 1911 (d. 1998).
1913 – Vivien Leigh the English actress was born on the 5th November 1913 (d. 1967).
1940 – Elke Sommer the German actress was born on the 5th November 1940.
1946 – Gram Parsons the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 5th November 1946 (d. 1973).
1963 – Tatum O’Neal the American actress and author was born on the 5th November 1963.
2006 – Saddam Hussein the former president of Iraq, and his 2 co-defendants were sentenced to death on the 5th November 2006, in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi’as in 1982.
2007 – Chang’e 1, China’s 1st lunar satellite, went into orbit around the Moon on the 5th November 2006.
2013 ~ FiORENTE the Thoroughbred racehorse bred in Ireland ridden by Damien Oliver won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 5th November 2013, trained by Gai Waterhouse. In the 2012 Melbourne Cup Fiorente ran 2nd to Green Moon.
Today in History for November 5th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…