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First lady Eleanor Roosevelt smiles President Franklin D. Roosevelt's side, as he waves a greeting to the crowd which cheered him as he left St. John's Church in Washington, Jan. 20, 1941, his third inaugural day. (AP Photo)

First lady Eleanor Roosevelt smiles President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s side, as he waves a greeting to the crowd which cheered him as he left St. John’s Church in Washington, Jan. 20, 1941, his third inaugural day. (AP Photo)

On this day, Nov. 5 …

1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt wins an unprecedented third term in office as he defeats Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.

Also on this day:

  • 1911: Aviator Calbraith P. Rodgers arrives in Pasadena, Calif., completing the first transcontinental airplane trip in 49 days.

(REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration)

  • 1935: Parker Brothers begins marketing the board game “Monopoly.”
  • 1968: Republican Richard M. Nixon wins the presidency, defeating Democratic Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and American Independent candidate George C. Wallace.
  • 1974: Democrat Ella T. Grasso is elected governor of Connecticut, becoming the first woman to win a gubernatorial office without succeeding her husband.
  • 1987: Supreme Court nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg admits using marijuana several times in the 1960s and 70s, calling it a mistake. (Ginsburg would end up withdrawing his nomination.)
  • 1992: Malice Green, a Black motorist, dies after he was struck in the head 14 times with a flashlight by a Detroit police officer, Larry Nevers, outside a suspected crack house. (Nevers and his partner, Walter Budzyn, would be found guilty of second-degree murder, but the convictions would be overturned; they were later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.)
  • 1994: Former President Ronald Reagan discloses he has Alzheimer’s disease.

  • 2006: Saddam Hussein is convicted and sentenced by the Iraqi High Tribunal to hang for crimes against humanity.
  • 2009: A shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas leaves 13 people dead; Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, would be convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
  • 2017: A gunman armed with an assault rifle opens fire in a small South Texas church, killing more than two dozen people; the shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, is later found dead in a vehicle after he was shot and chased by two men who heard the gunfire. (An autopsy would reveal that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.)

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