To­day in his­tory

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

To­day is Tues­day, Nov. 5, the 309th day of 2019. There are 56 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On Nov. 5, 2017, a gun­man armed with an as­sault ri­fle opened fire in a small South Texas church, killing more than two dozen peo­ple; the shooter, Devin Pa­trick Kel­ley, was later found dead in a ve­hi­cle af­ter he was shot and chased by two men who heard the gun­fire. (An au­topsy re­vealed that he died from a self-in­flicted gun­shot wound.)

On this date:

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

In 1781, the Con­ti­nen­tal Congress elected John Han­son of Mary­land its chair­man, giv­ing him the ti­tle of “Pres­i­dent of the United States in Congress As­sem­bled.”

In 1911, singing cow­boy star Roy Rogers was born Leonard Slye in Cincin­nati, Ohio.

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

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 1987, Supreme Court nom­i­nee Dou­glas H. Gins­burg ad­mit­ted us­ing mar­i­juana sev­eral times in the 1960s and 70s, call­ing it a mis­take. (Gins­burg ended up with­draw­ing his nom­i­na­tion.)

In 1990, Rabbi Meir Ka­hane (meh-EER’ kah-HAH’nuh), the Brook­lyn-born Is­raeli ex­trem­ist, was shot to death at a New York ho­tel. (Egyp­tian na­tive El Sayyed No­sair (el sah-EED’ no-sahEER’) was con­victed of the slay­ing in fed­eral court.)

In 1992, Mal­ice Green, a black mo­torist, died af­ter he was struck in the head 14 times with a flash­light by a Detroit po­lice of­fi­cer, Larry Nev­ers, out­side a sus­pected crack house. (Nev­ers and his part­ner, Wal­ter Budzyn, were found guilty of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, but the con­vic­tions were over­turned; they were later con­victed of in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter.)

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