Today In History

Today is Saturday, Nov. 5, the 310th day of 2016. There are 56 days left in the year. Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. locally; clocks go back an hour.

Today’s Highlight

On Nov. 5, 1916, the “Everett Massacre” took place in Washington state when a dockside confrontation 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.

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 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 1946, Republicans captured control of both the Senate and the House in midterm elections.

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.

Thought for Today

“Examine what is said, not him who speaks.” — Arab proverb