1492: Christopher Columbus 1st learns about growing and harvesting maize (corn) from Cuba’s indigenous population
1556: Second Battle of Panipat: Hindu Emperor of north India Hem Chandra Vikramaditya defeated by forces of Mughal Emperor Akbar, who captures and later beheads Hem Chandra
1605: Gunpowder Plot: Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes attempts to blow up King James I and the British Parliament. Plot discovered, Guy Fawkes caught, tortured and later executed along with seven others. Celebrated ever since as Guy Fawkes Day, where his effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire, accompanied by fireworks.
1937: Adolf Hitler informs his military leaders in a secret meeting of his intentions of going to war
1956: Britain and France land airborne forces at Port Said in Egypt, escalating the Suez Crisis
1979: Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini describes the United States as “The Great Satan” amid accusations of imperialism and the sponsoring of corruption