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 - 1872 election
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1872: U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant is easily elected to a second term in office, garnering 55.6 percent of the vote compared to his opponent, Horace Greeley, who earned 43.8 percent of the popular vote. Grant garnered 286 electoral votes to what would have been 66 electoral votes for Greeley, but Greeley died on Nov. 29, 1872, just 24 days after the election and before any of the electors from the six states Greeley won (Texas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Maryland) could cast their votes. Most of Greeley's electors cast their votes for other Democrats. Grant (left) is seen here on a campaign poster with his running mate, U.S. Sen. Henry Wilson of Massachusetts.


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