80 Years Ago—Nov. 5, 1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected for a third term, defeating Republican candidate Wendell Willkie 27 million votes to 22 million in the closest vote in 25 years.
German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer raids British convoy HX-84 off Greenland, sinking armed merchant cruiser Jervis Bay and 6 merchant ships.
75 Years Ago—Nov. 5, 1945: Muslims begin a pogrom against Jews in Libya (under British Military Administration); in three days, 140 Jews will be killed and synagogues & homes will be looted and destroyed.