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Today in history: November 5

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 5, 1605, the “Gunpowder Plot” failed as Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament.

On this date:

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

In 1895, George B. Selden of Rochester, N.Y., received the first U.S. patent for an automobile known as the “Road Engine.”

In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected president, defeating Progressive Republican Theodore Roosevelt and incumbent Republican William Howard Taft.

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

In 1942, American showman George M. Cohan died in New York at age 64.

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

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, Richard M. Nixon won the presidency, defeating Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and third-party candidate George C. Wallace.

In 1985, Spencer W. Kimball, president of the Mormon Church, died at age 90; he was succeeded by Ezra Taft Benson.

In 1990, Rabbi Meir Kahane, the Brooklyn-born Israeli extremist, was shot to death at a New York hotel. (Egyptian native El Sayyed Nosair was convicted of the slaying in federal court.)

Ten years ago: Voters returned President Clinton to the White House for a second term but kept Congress in Republican control. Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice was seriously injured when his car rolled off an interstate. Russian President Boris Yeltsin underwent successful heart bypass surgery.

Five years ago: Enrique Bolanos defeated former Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua’s presidential election. Hurricane Michelle swept past the Bahamas with 85 mph winds, flooding houses and cutting power. Roy Boulting, who with his late twin brother, John, produced some of postwar Britain’s most enduring films, died in Eynsham, England, at age 87.

One year ago: Leaders from across the Americas ended their two-day summit in Argentina without agreeing whether to restart talks on a free trade zone stretching from Alaska to Chile. Pirates attacked a cruise ship off the coast of Somalia, but the ship changed course and sped away to escape. British author John Fowles died in Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, at age 79. Guitar master Link Wray died in Copenhagen at age 76.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Ike Turner is 75. Actor Chris Robinson is 68. Actress Elke Sommer is 66. Singer Art Garfunkel is 65. Actor-playwright Sam Shepard is 63. Singer Peter Noone is 59. Actor Nestor Serrano (”24”) is 51. Actor Robert Patrick is 48. Singer Bryan Adams is 47. Actress Tilda Swinton is

46. Actress Tatum O’Neal is 43. Actress Andrea McArdle is 43. Rock singer Angelo Moore (Fishbone) is 41. Actress Judy Reyes is 39. Rock musician Mark Hunter (James) is 38. Actor Sam Rockwell is 38. Country singers Heather and Jennifer Kinley (The Kinleys) are 36. Actor Corin Nemec is 35. Rock musician Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) is 35. Country singer-musician Ryan Adams is 32. Actor Sam Page is

30. Actor Jeremy Lelliott is 24.

Thought for Today: “Religion is love; in no case is it logic.” — Beatrice Potter Webb, English sociologist (1858-1943).