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  • 2013 – India launches the Mars Orbiter Mission, its first interplanetary probe.
  • 2007 – China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1, goes into orbit around the Moon.
  • 1986 – USS Rentz, USS Reeves and USS Oldendorf visit Qingdao (Tsing Tao) China – the first US Naval visit to China since 1949.
  • 1970 – The Military Assistance Command, Vietnam reports the lowest weekly American soldier death toll in five years (24).
  • 1940 – Franklin D. Roosevelt is the first and only President of the United States to be elected to a third term.
  • 1925 – Secret agent Sidney Reilly, the first "super-spy" of the 20th century, is executed by the OGPU, the secret police of the Soviet Union.
  • 1912 – Woodrow Wilson is elected the 28th President of the United States, defeating incumbent William Howard Taft.
  • 1895 – George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.
  • 1872 – Women's suffrage in the United States: In defiance of the law, suffragist Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time, and is later fined $100.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln removes George B. McClellan as commander of the Army of the Potomac.
  • 1862 – American Indian Wars: In Minnesota, 303 Dakota warriors are found guilty of rape and murder of whites and are sentenced to hang. 38 are ultimately executed and the others reprieved.
  • 1831 – Nat Turner, American slave leader, is tried, convicted, and sentenced to death in Virginia.
  • 1780 – French-American forces under Colonel LaBalme are defeated by Miami Chief Little Turtle.
  • 1499 – Publication of the Catholicon, written in 1464 by Jehan Lagadeuc in Tréguier; this is the first Breton dictionary as well as the first French dictionary.


  • 1992 – Odell Beckham Jr., American football player. Odell Cornelious Beckham Jr. (born November 5, 1992), also widely known as OBJ, is an American football wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1987 – Chris Knierim, American figure skater. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Knierims became the first American pair, and the second pair ever in history, to perform a quad twist at the Olympics.
  • 1987 – Kevin Jonas, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor. He rose to fame as a member of the pop rock band, Jonas Brothers, alongside his younger brothers Joe and Nick.
  • 1987 – O. J. Mayo, American basketball player. He played one season of college basketball for the USC Trojans while earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors.
  • 1986 – Ian Mahinmi, American basketball player. Ian Mahinmi (born November 5, 1986) is a French professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1984 – Nick Folk, American football player. Nicholas Alexander Folk (born November 5, 1984) is an American football placekicker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1982 – Bryan LaHair, American baseball player. Bryan Allan LaHair (born November 5, 1982) is an American former professional baseball first baseman.
  • 1982 – Leah Culver, American computer scientist and programmer, co-founded Pownce. Leah Culver (born November 5, 1982) is a computer programmer and startup founder.
  • 1979 – Keith McLeod, American basketball player. He has also played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers, in the CBA for the Yakima Sun Kings, in the USBL for the Saint Joseph Express, in the NBA D-League with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, Canton Charge, and Erie BayHawks, and in the Italian top league for Mabo Prefabbricati Livorno, Lottomatica Virtus Roma and Montepaschi Siena.
  • 1979 – Romi Dames, Japanese-American actress. Hiromi "Romi" Dames (born November 5, 1979) is a Japanese-American actress and voice-over artist.
  • 1978 – Bubba Watson, American golfer. Gerry Lester "Bubba" Watson Jr. (born November 5, 1978) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.
  • 1976 – Jeff Klein, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Jeff Klein has risen to acclaim after the release of his album 'Gone for good' which gave him the necessary boost in the beginning and 'Preachers' which has provided him with an international reach towards some few parts of every continent.
  • 1976 – Samuel Page, American actor. He has appeared on popular television shows, such as Mad Men, Desperate Housewives, House of Cards, Switched at Birth, Scandal, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Gossip Girl, and The Bold Type.
  • 1976 – Sebastian Arcelus, American actor, singer, and producer. Sebastian Carlos Arcelus (born November 5, 1976) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Lucas Goodwin in the Netflix TV series House of Cards from 2013 to 2016 and Jay Whitman in the CBS TV series Madam Secretary.
  • 1974 – Jerry Stackhouse, American basketball player and sportscaster. He formerly was the head coach of Raptors 905 and an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies.
  • 1974 – Ryan Adams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for his solo career during which he has released 16 albums, as well as three studio albums as a former member of rock/alternative country band Whiskeytown.
  • 1973 – Johnny Damon, American baseball player. Johnny David Damon (born November 5, 1973) is a former American professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1995 to 2012.
  • 1973 – Peter Emmerich, American illustrator and educator. Peter Emmerich (born November 5, 1973) is an acclaimed illustrator having an extensive relationship with The Walt Disney Co.
  • 1971 – Dana Jacobson, American sportscaster. Dana Jacobson (born November 5, 1971) is a host and correspondent for CBS News currently serving as a co host for CBS This Morning Saturday.
  • 1970 – Javy López, Puerto Rican-American baseball player. Javier "Javy" Lopez Torres (born November 5, 1970) is a Puerto Rican former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Atlanta Braves (1992–2003), Baltimore Orioles (2004–2006) and Boston Red Sox (2006).
  • 1969 – Pat Kilbane, American actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter. Patrick F. "Pat" Kilbane (born November 5, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his three seasons as a cast member on MADtv (1997–2000), as well his memorable appearance in the 1996 "The Bizarro Jerry" episode of Seinfeld, in which he played Bizarro Kramer.
  • 1968 – Sam Rockwell, American actor. Right (2015), and Richard Jewell (2019).
  • 1967 – Judy Reyes, American actress and producer. Judy Reyes (born November 5, 1967) is an American television actress, best known for her roles as Carla Espinosa on the NBC/ABC sitcom Scrubs (2001–2009), and as Zoila Diaz in the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013–2016).
  • 1965 – Atul Gawande, American surgeon and journalist. He is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H.
  • 1963 – Andrea McArdle, American actress and singer. Andrea McArdle (born November 5, 1963) is an American singer and actress best known for originating the role of Annie in the Broadway musical Annie.
  • 1963 – Brian Wheat, American bass player and songwriter. Brian Wheat (born November 5, 1963 in Sacramento, California) best known as the bass guitarist of the band Tesla.
  • 1963 – Tatum O'Neal, American actress and author. She also starred as Amanda Whurlitzer in The Bad News Bears (1976), followed by Nickelodeon (1976), and Little Darlings (1980).
  • 1962 – Marcus J. Ranum, American computer scientist and author. Ranum (born November 5, 1962 in New York City, New York, United States) is a computer and network security researcher.
  • 1961 – Alan G. Poindexter, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2012), was an American naval officer and a NASA astronaut. Poindexter was selected in the 1998 NASA Group (G17) and went into orbit aboard Space Shuttle missions STS-122 and STS-131.
  • 1958 – Don Falcone, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer. He was a member of Thessalonians and the original Melting Euphoria, had a solo project called Spaceship Eyes, and since 1996 has led the Spirits Burning space rock collective.
  • 1958 – Mo Gaffney, American actress and screenwriter. Gaffney (born November 5, 1958 in San Diego, California) is an American actor, comedian, writer and activist.
  • 1958 – Robert Patrick, American actor. Known for his portrayals of villainous characters, Patrick is a Saturn Award winner with four nominations.
  • 1955 – Kris Jenner, American talent manager and businesswoman. Kristen Mary Jenner (née Houghton /ˈhoʊtən/ HOH-tən, formerly Kardashian; born November 5, 1955) is an American television personality, entertainment manager, producer, businesswoman, and author.
  • 1954 – Jeffrey Sachs, American economist and academic. Jeffrey David Sachs (/sæks/; born November 5, 1954) is an American economist, academic, public policy analyst and former director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor.
  • 1953 – Joyce Maynard, American journalist, author, and academic. Maynard contributed to Mademoiselle and Harrowsmith magazines in the 1980s while also beginning a career as a novelist with the publication of her first novel, Baby Love (1981).
  • 1952 – Bill Walton, American basketball player and sportscaster. William Theodore Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American former basketball player who is a television sportscaster.
  • 1952 – Brian Muehl, American puppeteer. He resides in Redding, Connecticut.
  • 1949 – Armin Shimerman, American actor. He is known for his roles as the Ferengi bartender Quark on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, voicing Doctor Nefarious in the Ratchet & Clank series and Andrew Ryan from BioShock.
  • 1949 – Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter (d. 1984), was an American singer-songwriter who released four albums in the 1970s on the Columbia Records and Epic Records labels. He was of Greek descent.
  • 1948 – Bob Barr, American lawyer and politician. He served as a federal prosecutor and as a Congressman.
  • 1948 – William Daniel Phillips, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics, in 1997, with Steven Chu and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji.
  • 1947 – Quint Davis, American director and producer. Quint Davis (born November 5, 1947 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) is an American festival producer and director based in New Orleans.
  • 1946 – Gram Parsons, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1973), was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist. Parsons recorded as a solo artist and with the International Submarine Band, the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.
  • 1945 – Peter Pace, American general. Peter Pace (born November 5, 1945) is a United States Marine Corps general who served as the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • 1943 – Friedman Paul Erhardt, German-American chef and author (d. 2007), was a German American pioneering early television chef. He was known as "Chef Tell" to his 40 million Baby Boomer fans.
  • 1943 – Sam Shepard, American playwright and actor (d. 2017), was an American actor, playwright, author, screenwriter, and director whose career spanned half a century. He won ten Obie Awards for writing and directing, the most won by any writer or director.
  • 1941 – Art Garfunkel, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for his partnership with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.
  • 1940 – Ted Kulongoski, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 36th Governor of Oregon. He was the Attorney General of Oregon from 1993 to 1997 and an Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court from 1997 to 2001.
  • 1938 – Jim Steranko, American author and illustrator. Steranko (/stəˈræŋkoʊ/; born November 5, 1938) is an American graphic artist, comic book writer/artist, comics historian, magician, publisher and film production illustrator.
  • 1938 – Joe Dassin, American-French singer-songwriter (d. 1980), was an American-born French singer-songwriter.
  • 1937 – Harris Yulin, American actor. Harris Yulin (born November 5, 1937) is an American actor who has appeared in over a hundred film and television series roles, such as Scarface (1983), Ghostbusters II (1989), Clear and Present Danger (1994), Looking for Richard (1996), The Hurricane (1999), Training Day (2001), and Frasier which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 1996.
  • 1936 – Billy Sherrill, American record producer, songwriter, and arranger (d. 2015), was an American record producer, songwriter, and arranger best known for his association with country artists, notably Tammy Wynette and George Jones. Sherrill and business partner Glenn Sutton are regarded as the defining influences of the countrypolitan sound, a smooth amalgamation of pop and country music that was popular during the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s.
  • 1936 – Michael Dertouzos, Greek-American computer scientist and academic (d. 2001), was a Greek professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Director of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) from 1974 to 2001.
  • 1934 – Jeb Stuart Magruder, American minister and civil servant (d. 2014), was an American businessman and high-level political operative in the Republican Party who served time in prison for his role in the Watergate scandal.
  • 1933 – Herb Edelman, American actor (d. 1996), was an American actor of stage, film and television. He was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for his television work.
  • 1931 – Gil Hill, American actor, police officer and politician (d. 2016), was an American politician, police officer and actor who was the President of the Detroit City Council. He gained recognition for his role as Inspector Todd in the Beverly Hills Cop film series.
  • 1931 – Ike Turner, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer (d. 2007), was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of fifties rock and roll, he is best known for his work in the 1960s and 1970s with his then-wife Tina Turner in the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
  • 1931 – Leonard Herzenberg, American immunologist, geneticist, and academic (d. 2013), was an immunologist, geneticist and professor at Stanford University. His contributions to the development of cell biology made it possible to sort viable cells by their specific properties.
  • 1923 – Rudolf Augstein, German soldier and journalist, co-founded Der Spiegel (d. 2002), was one of the most influential German journalists, founder and part-owner of Der Spiegel magazine.
  • 1922 – Cecil H. Underwood, American educator and politician, 25th and 32nd Governor of West Virginia (d. 2008), was an American Republican Party politician from West Virginia, known for the length of his career.
  • 1922 – Violet Barclay, American illustrator (d. 2010). Barclay (November 5, 1922 – February 26, 2010), who also worked under the name Valerie Barclay and the married name Valerie Smith, was an American illustrator best known as one of the pioneering female comic-book artists, having started in the field during the 1930s and 1940s period historians and fans call the Golden Age of Comic Books.
  • 1920 – Douglass North, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2015), was an American economist known for his work in economic history. He was the co-recipient (with Robert William Fogel) of the 1993 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
  • 1919 – Myron Floren, American accordion player and pianist (d. 2005), was an American musician best known as the accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show between 1950 and 1980. Floren came to prominence primarily from his regular appearances on the weekly television series in which Lawrence Welk dubbed him as "the happy Norwegian".
  • 1914 – Alton Tobey, American painter and illustrator (d. 2005), was a painter, historical artist, muralist, portraitist, illustrator, and teacher of art.
  • 1913 – John McGiver, American actor (d. 1975), was an American character actor who made more than a hundred appearances in television and motion pictures over a two-decade span from 1955 to 1975.
  • 1911 – Marie Osborne Yeats, American actress and costume designer (d. 2010), was the first major child star of American silent films, as an adult from 1934 until 1950, and now billed as Marie Osbourne she continued in film production's, although appeared only in un-credited roles. She after retiring from the acting profession; in the 1950s carved out a second career s a costume designer for Hollywood film
  • 1911 – Roy Rogers, American singer, guitarist, and actor (d. 1998), was an American singer, actor, and television host. He was one of the most popular Western stars of his era.
  • 1906 – Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer and academic (d. 2004), was an American astronomer, who worked at the Harvard College Observatory for over 70 years. Amongst his achievements were asteroid and comet discoveries, the "dirty snowball" hypothesis of comets, and the invention of the Whipple shield.
  • 1905 – Joel McCrea, American actor (d. 1990), was an American actor whose career spanned almost five decades, appearing in over one hundred films. These films include Alfred Hitchcock's espionage thriller Foreign Correspondent (1940), Preston Sturges' comedy classics Sullivan's Travels (1941), and The Palm Beach Story (1942), the romance film Bird of Paradise (1932), the adventure classic The Most Dangerous Game (1932), Gregory La Cava's bawdy comedy Bed of Roses (1933), George Stevens' romantic comedy The More the Merrier (1943), William Wyler's These Three, Come and Get It (both 1936) and Dead End (1937), Howard Hawks' Barbary Coast (1935), and a number of western films, including Wichita (1955) as Wyatt Earp and Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country (1962), opposite Randolph Scott.
  • 1901 – Etta Moten Barnett, American actress and singer (d. 2004), was an American actress and contralto vocalist, who was identified with her signature role of "Bess" in Porgy and Bess. She created new roles for African-American women on stage and screen.
  • 1900 – Natalie Schafer, American actress (d. 1991), was an American actress of film, stage and television, known for her role as Lovey Howell on the sitcom Gilligan's Island (1964–1967).
  • 1895 – Charles MacArthur, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 1956), was an American playwright, screenwriter and 1935 winner of the Academy Award for Best Story.
  • 1894 – Beardsley Ruml, American economist and statistician (d. 1960), was an American statistician, economist, philanthropist, planner, businessman and man of affairs in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • 1893 – Raymond Loewy, French-American engineer and designer (d. 1986), was a French-born American industrial designer who achieved fame for the magnitude of his design efforts across a variety of industries. He was recognized for this by Time magazine and featured on its cover on October 31, 1949.
  • 1887 – Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian-American pianist and educator (d. 1961), was an Austrian-American concert pianist notable for commissioning new piano concerti for the left hand alone, following the amputation of his right arm during the First World War. He devised novel techniques, including pedal and hand-movement combinations, that allowed him to play chords previously regarded as impossible for a five-fingered pianist.
  • 1885 – Will Durant, American historian and philosopher (d. 1981), was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He became best known for his work The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife, Ariel Durant, and published between 1935 and 1975.
  • 1881 – George A. Malcolm, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1961), was an American lawyer who emerged as an influential figure in the development of the practice of law in the Philippines in the 20th century. At age 35, he was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, where he would serve for 19 years.
  • 1879 – Otto Wahle, Austrian-American swimmer and coach (d. 1963), was a Jewish Austrian swimmer who competed in the late 19th century and early 20th century, he took part in two Summer Olympic Games and won a total of three medals.
  • 1857 – Ida Tarbell, American journalist, author, reformer, and educator (d. 1944), was an American writer, investigative journalist, biographer and lecturer. She was one of the leading muckrakers of the Progressive Era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and pioneered investigative journalism.
  • 1855 – Eugene V. Debs, American union leader and politician (d. 1926). Anti-war and civil rights movements
  • 1854 – Alphonse Desjardins, Canadian journalist and businessman, co-founded Desjardins Group (d. 1920). Alphonse Desjardins is the name of:
  • 1850 – Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet (d. 1919). Her works include Poems of Passion and Solitude, which contains the lines "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone".
  • 1818 – Benjamin Butler, American general, lawyer, and politician, 33rd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1893), was a major general of the Union Army, politician, lawyer and businessman from Massachusetts. Born in New Hampshire and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, Butler is best known as a political major general of the Union Army during the American Civil War, and for his leadership role in the impeachment of U.S.
  • 1592 – Charles Chauncy, English-American pastor, theologian, and academic (d. 1672), was an Anglo-American clergyman, educator, and secondarily, a physician.


  • 2015 – George Barris, American engineer and car designer (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Lane Evans, American lawyer and politician (b. 1951)
  • 2014 – Wally Grant, American ice hockey player (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – Charlie Trotter, American chef and author (b. 1959)
  • 2012 – Elliott Carter, American composer and academic (b. 1908)
  • 2012 – Olympe Bradna, French-American actress and dancer (b. 1919)
  • 2010 – Jill Clayburgh, American actress and singer (b. 1944)
  • 2010 – Shirley Verrett, American soprano and actress (b. 1931)
  • 2005 – Link Wray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1929)
  • 2005 – Virginia MacWatters, American soprano and actress (b. 1912)
  • 2004 – Donald Jones, American-Dutch actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1932)
  • 2003 – Bobby Hatfield, American singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2001 – Milton William Cooper, American radio host, author, and activist (b. 1943)
  • 2000 – Jimmie Davis, American singer-songwriter and politician, 47th Governor of Louisiana (b. 1899)
  • 1999 – Colin Rowe, English-American architect, theorist and academic (b. 1920)
  • 1999 – James Goldstone, American director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • 1997 – James Robert Baker, American author and screenwriter (b. 1946)
  • 1996 – Eddie Harris, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • 1992 – Arpad Elo, American physicist and chess player (b. 1903)
  • 1991 – Fred MacMurray, American actor and businessman (b. 1908)
  • 1989 – Vladimir Horowitz, Ukrainian-American pianist and composer (b. 1903)
  • 1986 – Bobby Nunn, American singer (b. 1925)
  • 1985 – Spencer W. Kimball, American religious leader, 12th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1895)
  • 1980 – Louis Alter, American musician (b. 1902)
  • 1979 – Al Capp, American cartoonist (b. 1909)
  • 1977 – Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American violinist and conductor (b. 1902)
  • 1975 – Edward Lawrie Tatum, American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1909)
  • 1975 – Lionel Trilling, American critic, essayist, short story writer, and educator (b. 1905)
  • 1964 – Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (b. 1893)
  • 1960 – Donald Grey Barnhouse, American pastor and theologian (b. 1895)
  • 1960 – Johnny Horton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1925)
  • 1960 – Mack Sennett, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1960 – Ward Bond, American actor (b. 1903)
  • 1956 – Art Tatum, American pianist and composer (b. 1909)
  • 1946 – Joseph Stella, Italian-American painter (b. 1877)
  • 1942 – George M. Cohan, American actor, singer, composer, author and theatre manager/owner (b. 1878)
  • 1938 – Thomas Dewing, American painter and educator (b. 1851)
  • 1933 – Texas Guinan, American actress and businesswoman (b. 1884)
  • 1872 – Thomas Sully, English-American painter (b. 1783)
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