On this day: November 5

Published On: Nov 05 2012 12:11:21 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 05 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

Guy Fawkes is caught red-handed, Susan B. Anthony votes, George Foreman becomes the oldest Heavyweight Champion ever, Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death, and tragedy strikes Fort Hood, all on this day.

OTD November 5 - Woodrow Wilson
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Library of Congress

1912: Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson defeats Republican incumbent President William Howard Taft and Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party candidate and former President Theodore Roosevelt to become U.S. president. Wilson won a large majority in the Electoral College and 41.8 percent of the popular vote, while his nearest rival, Roosevelt, won only 27.4 percent, followed by Taft with 23.2 percent. Also running was Eugene V. Debs of the Socialist Party of America, who got 6 percent of the popular vote. This was the last election in which a candidate who was not a Republican or Democrat came second in either the popular vote or the Electoral College, and the first election in which all 48 states of the contiguous United States participated.


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