November 05

This Day in History

1992

Oldest Beer Found

"On this day in 1992, archaeologists revealed evidence that beer had been fermented in a pottery vessel dating as far back as the fourth millennium BCE on a site inhabited by the ancient Sumerians in … (more...)

1983

Diving Bell Accident

"On this day in 1983, the North Sea drilling rig known as Byford Dolphin suffered an explosive decompression, killing five workers and injuring one. It was one of the most serious diving accidents in … (more...)

1605

The Gunpowder Plot – Guy Fawkes

During the early hours of 5 November 1605, authorities acting on information received in an anonymous letter, searched a cellar under the House of Lords in Westminster Palace and discovered a large … (more...)

1556

Mughal Victory Assures Akbar’s Ascension

Fifty miles north of Delhi, a Mughal army defeats the forces of Hemu, a Hindu general who was trying to usurp the Moghul throne from 14-year-old Akbar, the recently proclaimed emperor. Victory at … (more...)