Historical Political Events for November 5

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Year Event
1605 Guy Fawkes, and a group of conspirators attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. "Guy Fawkes Day" is now celebrated in England with giant bonfires and other revelry. [Absolutely do not miss the movie, V for Vendetta (now on DVD), for a modern (imaginary) version of this freedom fighter (a.k.a. "terrorist" in some circles)]
1898 U.S. forces land in China at Peking and Tientsin to protect American interests during conflict between Dowager Empress and her son, November 5, 1898-March 15, 1899
1914 France and Britain declare war on Turkey.
1956 USSR tanks crushed Hungarian revolt. The US government, as usual, did nothing.
1995 The Federal Debt passed through the $5,000,000,000,000 mark on or about this date. Under Bush's (R) regime the debt increased almost $4,000,000,000,000 (4 trillion dollars) or double the increase from the beginning of the U.S.A. to 1986!
1996 California's Proposition 209 passed. Also known as the California Civil Rights Initiative, CCRI passed by a 10% margin. Passing CCRI was supposed to end all state-mandated affirmative action programs, but because opponents to CCRI hope to overturn the result in court, this law will not take effect for many years, if at all.
1997 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID/Egypt: "TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO IMPLEMENT THE GIRL'S EDUCATION PARTICIPATION STRATEGY IN EGYPT", AMT $18,967,225.00, TO Creative Associates International.
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Quote of
the Day
I am not a Federalist because I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men, whether in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or anything else. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.
    — Thomas Jefferson
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