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5 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


5 November: In a year, 5th November is the 309th day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 310th day of the year. This day has its distinctiveness and importance in history.

Let’s explore people who have carved a niche for themselves on 5th November. We may also need to scan through the events that happened on this day.

5 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 5 November

Art & Artists

    • 1913 – Birth day of Vivien Leigh, the British Indian actress (born in India) who rose to fame with her leading roles in Blanche DuBois and Scarlett O’Hara
    • 1930Sinclair Lewis won to win the Nobel Prize for Literature…became the first American to do so.
    • 1955Vienna State Opera reopens after being damaged in the 2nd World War. Beethoven’s Fidelio was the first performance staged there.

Science & Technology

    • 1998According to a report published in Nature (a British weekly scientific journal), a DNA test had confirmed about a Thomas Jefferson member fathered a child of the slave Sally Hemings.
    • 2013 Mars Orbiter Mission was launched by India. It’s India’s maiden interplanetary probe.
    • 2007 China launched its first lunar satellite Chang’e 1 enters lunar orbit.
    • 2007 Google launched the Android operating system for mobile.

Leaders & Politics

    • 15562nd Battle of Panipat was fought between the army of Vikramaditya (a Hindu king from Delhi) with the army of Akbar, the mighty Muslim emperor.
    • 1917 Lenin announced the Bolshevik Revolution or October Revolution in Russia
    • 1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected for a third term as the President of the USA (became the first and only President to do so).
    • 1943 Bombing of Vatican City by a fascist Italian aircraft (World War II)
    • 1996 Bill Clinton became the President of the USA for the second time.

People & Society

    • 1956 A hefty $574,658 won by Nellie McGrail with her paltry 2½ cent soccer game pool ticket.
    • 2003Gary Ridgway, a serial killer pleads guilty. He was popularly known as the Green Valley Killer who had killed 48 women in the last two decades of the last century.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

    • 1530 The Dutch city Reimerswaal is destroyed as St Felix Flood ruins the Netherland coast
    • 2012 Nigeria floods: 363 people killed and 2.1 million displaced because of a large-scale flood

Discoveries & Explorations

    • 1492 Christopher Columbus learned the growing and harvesting of maize (corn) from the indigenous population of Cuba.
    • 1895 George B. Selden got America’s first patent for an automobile.

Leisure & Sports

    • 1886 David Brown from Scotland beats compatriot Willie Campbell in Open Men’s Golf.
    • 1937 Death of Irish-American boxer Jack McAuliffe at 71. He was an undefeated World Lightweight champion boxer (1886-93).

Birth Anniversaries (5 November)

    • 1813 Vivien Leigh (British actress)
    • 1855 Eugene V. Debs (Social and labor leader from the USA)
    • 1911 Roy Rogers (Actor and singer from America)
    • 1942 Percy Hobson (High jumper from Australia)
    • 1959 Bryan Adams (Canadian actor and singer-songwriter)
    • 1988Virat Kohli (Indian cricketer)

Death Anniversaries (5 November)

    • 1923 Jacques d’Adelsward Fersen (French Poet and author)
    • 1971 Sam Jones (American baseball player)
    • 1981 Rangjung Rigpe Dorje (Spiritual leader from Tibet)
    • 1997 Peter Jackson (Rugby player from Australia)
    • 2011Bhupen Hazarika (Indian singer, poet, and songwriter)
    • 2014 Manitas de Plata (French guitarist)

What Special Day is Today: (5 November)

    • World Tsunami Day
    • Bank Transfer Day (USA)
    • Colon Day (Panama)
    • Cinco de Noviembre (Negros, Philippines)
    • Kanakadasa Jayanthi (Karnataka, India)


5th November. The factual story of the day covers the entire globe and a lot of well-known personalities. The day has remained a silent observer of what happened on this day.

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