Bonfire Night 2013
November 5, 2013 in Great Britain

Bonfire Night is celebrated on November 05, 2013. Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, Guy Fawkes Day and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords.

Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.

Bonfire Night celebrations can pose a risk to public safety due to the possibility of fires, injuries, or fights. In parts of the Caribbean, laws banning fireworks and explosives have muted the occasion, and safety concerns in New Zealand have resulted in similar sales restrictions, although public firework displays remain popular there.

Where is Bonfire Night?
Nationwide Great Britain

Election Day in the United States
November 5, 2013 in the USA

Election Day in the United States is celebrated on November 05, 2013. Election Day in the United States is the day set by law for the general elections of public officials. It occurs on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, which is usually also the first Tuesday in November. The earliest possible date is November 2 and the latest possible date is November 8. For federal offices (President, Vice President, and United States Congress), Election Day occurs only in even-numbered years.

Presidential elections are held every four years, in years divisible by four, in which electors for President and Vice President are chosen according to the method determined by each state. Elections to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate are held every two years; all Representatives serve two-year terms and are up for election every two years, while Senators serve six-year terms, staggered so that one-third of Senators are elected in any given general election.

General elections in which presidential candidates are not on the ballot are referred to as midterm elections. Many state and local government offices are also elected on Election Day as a matter of convenience and cost saving, although a handful of states hold elections for state offices (such as governor) during odd-numbered “off years”, or during other even-numbered “midterm years”.

Election Day is a civic holiday in some states, including Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, and the territory of Puerto Rico. Some other states require that workers be permitted to take time off from employment without loss of pay. California Elections Code Section 14000 provides that employees otherwise unable to vote must be allowed two hours off with pay, at the beginning or end of a shift.

Where is Election Day in the United States?
Nationwide USA

Historical Events:

1492 – Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba

1605 – Gunpowder Plot; attempt to blow up English Parliament. Plot uncovered and leader Guy Fawkes tortured and later executed

1639 – 1st post office in the colonies is set up in Massachusetts

1854 – Crimean War: British & French defeat Russian force of 50,000

1872 – American women’s right to vote advocate Susan B Anthony votes for Ulysses S. Grant

1889 – Louisa Woosley first women to be ordained as a minister in any Presbyterian denomination (US Cumberland Presbyterian Church).

1916 – The Everett Massacre takes place in Everett, Washington as political differences lead to a shoot-out between IWW organizers and local police.

1917 – Supreme Court decision (Buchanan v Warley) strikes down Lousiville Ky ordiance requiring blacks & whites to live in separate areas

1933 – Chicago Bears 30 game unbeaten streak ends to Patriots (10-0)

1935 – Parker Brothers launches game of Monopoly

1957 – Mrs Nellie McGrail wins $574,658 on a 2½ cent soccer pool ticket

1979 – Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini declares US “The Great Satan”

1987 – Iceberg twice size of Rhode Island sighted in Antarctic