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To­day is Sun­day, Nov. 5, the 309th day of 2017. There are 56 days left in the year.

To­day's High­light in His­tory:

On Nov. 5, 1942, Amer­i­can show­man and song­writer Ge­orge M. Co­han died in New York at age 64.

On this date:

In 1605, the "Gun­pow­der Plot" failed as Guy Fawkes was seized be­fore he could blow up the English Par­lia­ment.

In 1872, suf­frag­ist Su­san B. An­thony de­fied the law by at­tempt­ing to cast a vote for Pres­i­dent Ulysses S. Grant. (An­thony was con­victed by a judge and fined $100, but she never paid the penalty.)

In 1912, Demo­crat Woodrow Wil­son was elected pres­i­dent, de­feat­ing Pro­gres­sive Party can­di­date Theodore Roo­sevelt, in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Wil­liam Howard Taft and So­cial­ist Eu­gene V. Debs.

In 1916, a dock­side con­fronta­tion in Everett, Washington, be­tween mem­bers of the In­dus­trial Work­ers of the World and ci­ti­zen-deputies erupted into gun­fire that left at least five "Wob­blies" and two deputies dead.

In 1935, Parker Broth­ers be­gan mar­ket­ing the board game "Mo­nop­oly."

In 1940, Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt won an un­prece­dented third term in of­fice as he de­feated Repub­li­can chal­lenger Wen­dell L. Wil­lkie.

In 1956, Bri­tain and France started land­ing forces in Egypt dur­ing fight­ing be­tween Egyp­tian and Is­raeli forces around the Suez Canal. (A cease-fire was de­clared two days later.)

In 1968, Repub­li­can Richard M. Nixon won the pres­i­dency, de­feat­ing Demo­cratic Vice Pres­i­dent Hu­bert H. Humphrey and Amer­i­can In­de­pen­dent can­di­date Ge­orge C. Wal­lace.

In 1974, Demo­crat Ella T. Grasso was elected gover­nor of Con­necti­cut, be­com­ing the first woman to win a gu­ber­na­to­rial of­fice with­out suc­ceed­ing her hus­band.

In 1985, Spencer W. Kim­ball, pres­i­dent of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at age 90; he was suc­ceeded by Ezra Taft Benson.

In 1994, former Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan dis­closed he had Alzheimer's dis­ease.

In 2009, a shoot­ing ram­page at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas left 13 peo­ple dead; Maj. Ni­dal Hasan, an Army psy­chi­a­trist, was later con­victed of mur­der and sen­tenced to death.

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