Historical events

A look back at the historical events that took place on November 5

From the restoration of Mughal power in India after the triumph of the Second Battle of Panipat to France and Britain expanding the conflict of World War I by declaring war on Turkey, November 5 witnessed a plethora of historical events. Since the beginning of human civilization, each calendar date has etched its place in the history books. On this day, as British actress Vivien Leigh was born in India, social critic Sinclair Lewis became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Not only that, but November 5 is special in American history as the 32nd President of the United States of America, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was elected to an unprecedented third term. Let’s take a look at some of the historical events of the 20th century that happened on November 5th.

America received its first Nobel Prize for Literature

In 1930, social critic Sinclair Lewis was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, after being nominated by Swedish academy member Henrik Schuck. While Lewis became the first writer to receive the honor from the United States, he refused to accept it because at that time he was against awards that recognized or honored one author over another.

Robert Maxwell’s body has been found

It was on this day in 1991 that billionaire publisher Robert Maxwell was found dead. The publishing mogul’s body was found floating in the waters off the Canary Islands hours after he disappeared from his yacht. The 68-year-old publisher was believed to have drowned after falling from a 180ft luxury boat.

Saddam Hussein sentenced to death

In 2006, it was on this date that a special Iraqi court convicted the fifth Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to death by hanging for brutally suppressing a revolt in a Shiite town. in the 1980s. It was on December 30, 2006 that he was hanged to death.

Hollywood screenwriters go on strike

From November 5, 2007, to February 12, 2008, all Writers Guild of America (WGA) writers went on strike, seeking to increase writers’ funding against the profits of the biggest studios. The 100-day strike targeted a trade association that represented the interests of 397 American film and television producers.

ISRO launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars

It was on this day in 2013 that the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched Mangalyaan, its first spacecraft bound for Mars. Mangalyaan was built to study the Red Planet and test key technologies needed to explore the solar system.

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