November 5 – Parker Brothers company launches “Monopoly” And More

History is something that illuminates the culture and its origin. It also forecasts the awareness and how and when everything evolved and fell into place. It not only helps us trace the origins of the past but also helps us understand it better which leads to an understanding of the present more desirably. We, at Brag Social, try to keep you updated with the happening of past and present through our today column. Let us now read the historical milestones of November 5.

1889 Louisa Woosley first woman to be ordained as a minister in any Presbyterian denomination (US Cumberland Presbyterian Church).

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Louisa Woosley was the first Presbyterian woman to be ordained as a minister in US Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Born on March 24, 1862, in central Kentucky, Woosley was brought up in a Baptist household. After a call from the Lord to Gospel Ministry, Woosley decided to fulfil her calling in a roundabout way by becoming a pastor’s wife. She presented herself as a candidate for gospel ministry at the meeting of the Nolin Presbytery in the year 1887. After successfully completing an examination by the committee on literature and theology, Woosley was licensed to preach.






1930 – Sinclair Lewis becomes the first American to win a Nobel Prize in Literature 

Sinclair Lewis was the first American to receive a Noble Prize in literature for his novel, ‘Babbit’. Lewis was awarded by the Swedish Academy because of his great works via Main Street, Babbitt, Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, and Dodsworth. He received the noble prize by king Gustav in Stockholm, Sweden with the company of his second wife. One day after receiving the Prize, Lewis delivered his famous Nobel Lecture to the Academy which was entitled as “The American Fear of Literature”. The speech was widely reprinted and caused an enormous uproar in the United States.


1935 – Parker Brothers company launches “Monopoly,” a game of real estate and capitalism.

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On November 5, 1935, the Parker Brothers began marketing a game of real estate and capitalism as ‘Monopoly’. Monopoly remains a fixture in American homes which has undergone periodic changes to stay relevant. Published by Hasbro, Monopoly is a board game where players roll two six-sided dice to move around, buying and trading properties. The game was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism. Originally, the game was derived from Lizzie Maggie’s ‘The Landlord’s Game’. This game was a way to demonstrate that an economy which rewards wealth creation is better than one where monopolists work under few constraints.




1940 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt is re-elected for the third term.

On November 5, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won the third term office that dominated his election campaign against the Republican contender, Wendell Wilkie. It was an unprecedented act that would be barred by a constitutional amendment a decade later. Roosevelt won the election by a wide margin, and his long-term tenure as a president led to the ratification of the 22nd amendment in 1951. In July 1940, as the United States neared its entry into World War II, Roosevelt was firm to break the precedent set by George Washington.


1968 – Shirley Chisholm of Brooklyn, New York, becomes the first elected African American woman to serve in the House of Representatives. 

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Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman to serve in the House of Representatives and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States. Her outspoken advocacy for women and minorities in the U.S. House of Representatives was highly illustrated during her tenure. Chisholm was born in Brooklyn, New York and was the oldest of four daughters to immigrant parents Charles St. Hill, a factory worker from Guyana.

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