This day in history

Monday, Nov. 5, is the 310th day of 2012. There are 56 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Singer Art Garfunkel is 71. Actor-playwright Sam Shepard is 69. Singer Peter Noone is 65. Singer Bryan Adams is 53. Actress Tilda Swinton is 52. Actress Tatum O’Neal is 49. Actor Sam Rockwell is 44. Rock musician Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) is 41. Country singer-musician Ryan Adams is 38. Rock musician Kevin Jonas (the Jonas Brothers) is 25.

In 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony defied the law by attempting to cast a vote for President Grant.


In 1912, Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected president, defeating Progressive Party candidate Theodore Roosevelt, incumbent Republican William Howard Taft, and Socialist Eugene V. Debs.

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In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a third term in office as he defeated Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.

In 1968, Richard M. Nixon won the presidency, defeating Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and George C. Wallace.

In 2011, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, accused of molesting eight boys, was arrested and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts.