Thursday, November 4, 2010
1605 – Guy Fawkes is discovered lurking in the cellar below the House of Lords , where he was carrying out a plan to blow up Parliament. Understandable, though unwise.
1688 – William of Orange lands at Brixham with a force of 11,000 Dutch and foreign mercenaries, the last foreign invasion of Britain and the first completely successful one since 1066.
1862 – Former railroad president George B. McClellan, who before the Civil War had succeeded at everything he had ever tried to do, is removed as commander of the Union Army for the second and final time.
1895 – Lawyer and inventor George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile. He will turn out to be a better inventor than a businessman, and he won’t be the one to get rich of the new automobile industry.
1911 – The future "King of the Cowboys," Roy Rogers is born Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati, Ohio. Roy and Dale and Nelliebelle were a huge part of my childhood:
1928 – The man who fixed the 1919 World Series, Arnold "the Brain" Rothstein dies suddenly and unexpectedly while being shot.
1938 – Future Singapore Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong is born at Ipoh, Perak, in what was then the Federated Malay States.