This Day in History This Day in History is a free service of TheFreeDictionary.com http://www.changxw.com en-us Farlex, Inc. Wed, 6 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT 360 This Day in History http://www.changxw.com http://img.tfd.com/modules/thm_history.png 120 60 Wed, 6 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Jefferson Davis Elected President of the Confederate States of America (1861) https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Davis,+Jefferson //encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Davis,+Jefferson# As a US senator, Davis advocated states' rights but tried to discourage secession. Still, when Mississippi seceded, he resigned from the Senate, was appointed major general of the Mississippi militia, and soon was chosen to be president of the Confederacy. After Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered without Davis's approval in 1865, Davis fled Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate capital, hoping to continue the fight until he could secure better terms from the North. What happened to him? Discuss
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Tue, 5 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT The Gunpowder Plot Is Thwarted (1605) https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Gunpowder+Plot //encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Gunpowder+Plot# Angered by King James I's refusal to grant more religious toleration to Catholics, a group of conspirators plotted to blow up Parliament and kill the king. The plot was discovered, and conspirator Guy Fawkes was arrested in a cellar under the palace at Westminster, where he had concealed 36 barrels of gunpowder. Under torture, he revealed the names of his coconspirators, and they were all either killed while resisting arrest or executed in 1606. How is November 5 celebrated in England today?
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Mon, 4 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Iran Hostage Crisis Begins (1979) https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Iran+hostage+crisis //encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Iran+hostage+crisis# In 1979, an Islamic revolutionary government overthrew Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlevi of Iran. When the exiled shah was admitted to the US for medical treatment, a crowd of about 500 seized the US embassy in Tehran, demanding the shah's extradition. US President Jimmy Carter halted Iranian oil imports and froze Iranian assets, but his diplomatic initiatives proved fruitless, and a US rescue mission failed. Fifty-two hostages were held for 444 days until the end of the crisis in 1981. How did it end?
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