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***Late entry due to connectivity issues today!***
Thursday, the 5th of November, 2015 is the 309th day in 2015 and in the 45th calendar week.
General Events:
Bonfire Night 2015
November 5, 2015 in Great Britain
Bonfire Night is celebrated on November 05, 2015. 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
Non-Fiction Day
November 5, 2015 in United Kingdom
National Non-Fiction Day is observed on November 05, 2015. National Non-Fiction Day (NNFD) is annual celebration of children’s non-fiction in the UK. It was initiated by The Federation of Children’s Book Groups in partnership with Scholastic Children’s Books and is celebrated across the UK each year on the first Thursday in November. The day is used by libraries, schools, literacy organisations, book reviewers and parents to highlight the best information and narrative non-fiction books for children, and to show how it’s not just fiction that can be read and enjoyed for pleasure. Each year there is a different theme to the day.
Where is the event?
Nationwide United Kingdom
Return Day 2015
November 5, 2015 in Georgetown
Return Day takes place on November 05, 2015. Return Day is a biennial unique festival and ceremony held the Thursday after Election Day in Georgetown, Delaware, during which election results are announced. While television and the Internet has obviously eliminated the need for Return Day, tradition has kept the festival alive. Schools and government offices shut down for the afternoon of the Thursday after Election Day, and people from throughout the state flock to Georgetown for the festivals. The day still has a carnival atmosphere, complete with merchants, food vendors, and competitions, such as a hatchet-tossing contest, pitting the mayor of Georgetown against the mayors of other Sussex County towns. Return Day is used by many politicians as a way to announce or create buzz for their upcoming campaign. Politicians often hand out campaign stickers for the office they will seek in two years. Other people wear stickers exhibiting wishful thinking or encouraging their favorite candidate to seek higher office.
Where is Return Day?
Nationwide Georgetown , Delaware
Historical Events on 5th November:
1492 – Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba
1499 – Publication of the Catholicon in Treguier (Brittany). This Breton-French-Latin dictionary was written in 1464 by Jehan Lagadeuc. It is the first Breton dictionary as well as the first French dictionary
1530 – St Felix Flood ravages Dutch coast and destroys the city of Reimerswaal in the Netherlands
1605 – Gunpowder Plot; attempt to blow up King James I while he opened Parliament. Plot discovered and Guy Fawkes caught and tortured. He and seven others were later executed
1773 – John Hancock is elected as moderator at a Boston town meeting that resolves that anyone who supports the Tea Act is an “Enemy to America”
1789 – French National Meeting declares all citizens equal under law
1838 – Honduras declares independence of Central American Federation
1873 – Due to the fallout from the Pacific Scandal, John A. Macdonald resigns as Prime Minister of Canada
1881 – 1,600 police and volunteers attack Maori settlement at Parihaka in western Taranaki which had become the symbol of protest against the confiscation of Maori land, New Zealand
1900 – Under US military control since the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Cuba now calls its own constitutional convention
1914 – Britain declares war on Turkey and annexes Cyprus, occupied since 1878; the immediate reason is to keep it from being taken by Turkey
1916 – The Everett Massacre takes place in Everett, Washington as political differences lead to a shoot-out between IWW organizers and local police
1933 – Spanish Basques vote for autonomy
1935 – Parker Brothers launches game of Monopoly
1971 – Bolivia passes death penalty for political kidnapping
1979 – Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini declares US “The Great Satan”
2006 – Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for the role in the massacre of the 148 Shi’as in 1982

 

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