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On this day: November 5

POSTED: 09:11 PM PST Nov 04, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 04, 2013 

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 - Sidney Reilly
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1925: Secret agent Sidney Reilly, often considered the first "super-spy" of the 20th century, is executed by the OGPU, the secret police of the Soviet Union, whose undercover agents had lured him to Russia. Reilly, a Jewish Russian-born adventurer and secret agent employed by Scotland Yard, the British Secret Service Bureau and later the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), is alleged to have spied for at least four nations. He had been sentenced to death by a 1918 Soviet tribunal for his participation in a counter-revolutionary plot against the Bolshevik government.

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