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November 05
Eugene V. Debs

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Eugene V. Debs

American social and labour leader

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Guy Fawkes; Gunpowder Plot

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1605

Gunpowder Plot

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Mars Orbiter Mission
2013: India launched its first interplanetary spacecraft, the Mars Orbiter Mission, which was unmanned. [Sort fact from fiction in our quiz about space exploration.]
Thomas Jefferson
1998: The journal Nature published a report that DNA testing had confirmed (still disputed by some) that a member of Thomas Jefferson's family had fathered a child with the slave Sally Hemings; the testing, however, was unable to definitively prove that Jefferson was the father. [Read more about the Jefferson-Hemings paternity debate.]
Sinclair Lewis
1930: Social critic Sinclair Lewis won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first American to receive the honour. [Test your knowledge of literary Nobelists.]

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Tilda Swinton

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British actress

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Sam Shepard

American playwright and actor

1952

Bill Walton

American basketball player

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