On this day: November 5

POSTED: 10:11 PM MST Nov 04, 2012    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MST Nov 05, 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 - FDR
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1940: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt wins an unprecedented third term in office, defeating Republican candidate businessman Wendell Willkie by capturing 54.7 percent of the popular vote and 449 electoral votes compared to Willkie's 44.8 percent and 82 electoral votes. The ratification of the 22nd Amendment in 1951 would make this election the only occasion in American history in which a candidate was elected to a third term as president. Roosevelt would go on to win election to a fourth term in 1944, before dying less than three months into that term.


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