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Moments in time

 

 

• On Nov. 5, 1605, King James I of England learns of a plot to blow up the Parliament building. Guy Fawkes had been found lurking in a cellar with 20 barrels of gunpowder. Fawkes revealed that he was part of a conspiracy to annihilate England’s Protestant government and replace it with Catholic leadership.

• On Nov. 7, 1774, Richard Bache succeeds his fatherin law, Benjamin Franklin, as postmaster general. Benjamin Franklin was fired for opening and sending to a publisher Massachusetts Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson’s correspondence.

• On Nov. 6, 1854, John Philip Sousa, “The March King,” is born in Washington, D.C. Sousa composed 136 marches, including “The Washington Post” (1889) and “Stars and Stripes Forever” (1896).

• On Nov. 4, 1922, British archaeologists discover the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. The tomb contained a stone sarcophagus with three nested coffins. Inside the final solid gold coffin was the mummy of the boy-king Tutankhamen, preserved for more than 3,000 years.

• On Nov. 2, 1947, the Hughes Flying Boat — the largest aircraft ever built — is piloted by designer Howard Hughes on its first and only flight. The massive wooden aircraft had a wingspan longer than a football field and was designed to carry more than 700 men to battle.

• On Nov. 1, 1959, Montreal Canadien Jacques Plante becomes the first NHL goaltender to wear a full facemask. Despite the coach’s objection, Plante put his foot down as he’d “already had four broken noses, a broken jaw, two broken cheekbones and almost 200 stitches” in his head.

• On Nov. 3, 1976, “Carrie,” a horror film starring Sissy Spacek and based on Stephen King’s 1974 bestselling first novel, opens in theaters. It tells the story of a high-school outcast who uses her telekinetic powers to exact a violent revenge on prom night.

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