Saturday, November 5, 2005
1605: Guy Fawkes is found in the basement of the British Parliament with a watch, matches, and enough gunpowder to blow most of that part of London sky-high.
1838: Honduras withdraws from the República Federal de Centroamérica (Federal Republic of Central America), triggering a civil war that will break up the union by 1840.
1911: Leonard Franklin Slye is born at Cincinnati, Ohio. When Gene Autry walks out on the filming of Under Western Stars, "Roy Rogers" will fill in and start his career as King of the Cowboys.
1912: With 42 percent of the popular vote, Woodrow Wilson becomes the first Ivy League university president to become President of the United States.
1935: Parker Bros. releases a new board game called Monopoly.
1979: National Public Radio debuts Morning Edition. Its 13 million daily listeners today make it the second most-listened-to radio talk show in America, behind Rush Limbaugh's 20 million.
1999: U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson concludes that Microsoft Corp. has "monopoly power." We're shocked. Shocked!