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This day in history

Tuesday, Nov. 5, is the 309th day of 2013. There are 56 days left in the year. This is Election Day.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Elke Sommer is 73. Singer Art Garfunkel is 72. Actor-playwright Sam Shepard is 70. Singer Peter Noone is 66. Actor Robert Patrick is 55. Singer Bryan Adams is 54. Actress Tilda Swinton is 53. Actress Tatum O’Neal is 50. Actress Andrea McArdle is 50. Rock singer Angelo Moore (Fishbone) is 48. Actor Sam Rockwell is 45. Singer-musician Ryan Adams is 39. Rock musician Kevin Jonas is 26.

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In 1605, the ‘‘Gunpowder Plot’’ failed as Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament.

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

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

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

In 2009, a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas left 13 people dead; Major Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was charged with premeditated murder and attempted murder. (Hasan was convicted by a military jury and sentenced to death in August 2013.)

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