November 5: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on November 5

November 5th is a special day, as it’s the day we celebrate Love Your Red Hair Day as well as Gunpowder Day.

Today marks the 309th day of the year. We now have only 56 days left until the end of the year.

People who were born on this day share the Scorpio star sign.

You’re about to unearth some of the major historical events that occurred on this special day in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1935, Parker Brothers started marketing the Monopoly board game? It was initially called “The Landlord’s Game,” but its name and some rules were changed through many revisions.

Keep reading for more facts about November 5th in history!

What Happened On November 5 In History?


Japan recognized its first legal same-sex couple.

Koyuki Higashi and Hiroko Matsuhara were officially the first same-sex couple to register their relationship in Tokyo, Japan.
Source CNN

Spacecraft Change 1 entered lunar orbit at 02:15 UT and became the first Chinese spacecraft to orbit the moon successfully.

Change 1 was launched on October 24, 2007, to collect data from mapping the moon's surface. After having orbited the moon over 589 times, it landed on the moon's surface on March 1, 2009. It became the first Chinese space mission to make contact with the moon.
Source NASA

The first television show with an African American host, “The Nat ‘King’ Cole Show,” was aired on American television channel NBC.


Parker Brothers released the Monopoly board game.

First developed as "The Landlord's Game" by Elizabeth Magie Phillips, it was intended to be a teaching tool about the pitfalls of capitalism and monopolies. She sold the rights to Parker Brothers for $500.

Sinclair Lewis won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his novel “Babbitt”.

A satire about the American middle class and the life of a typical office worker at the time. "..without hesitation he considers it God's purpose that man should work, increase his income, and enjoy modern improvements."

George B. Selden granted the patent for gasoline internal combustion engine car.

OTD in 1895: George B. Selden granted the patent for gasoline internal combustion engine car.
His many amendments to his patent caused a 16-year delay in the patent's approval.

Utah State ratified the women’s right to vote in their state constitution.

It was to first state in America to guarantee women's suffrage.

The musical “Cordelia’s Aspirations” was performed for the first time at Theatre Comique, New York, US.


Guy Fawkes was arrested while attempting to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London, England.


Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus observed a full lunar eclipse în Rome, Italy.

Did you know that on this day, November 5th 1935, Parker Brothers started marketing the Monopoly board game?