On this day: November 5

POSTED: 09:11 PM PST Nov 04, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 04, 2015 

Guy Fawkes is caught red-handed, Susan B. Anthony votes, George Foreman becomes the oldest heavyweight boxing 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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