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What happened on November 24
- November 24, 0380 "Theodosius I makes his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople."
- November 24, 1190 "Isabella of Jerusalem marries Conrad of Montferrat at Acre, making him de jure King."
- November 24, 1639 Jeremiah Horrocks observes the transit of Venus.
- November 24, 1639 "The first observation of transit of Venus occurred (only 2, record event)"
- November 24, 1642 Abel Janzoon Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)
- November 24, 1642 Abel Tasman becomes the first European to discover the island Van Diemen's Land (later renamed Tasmania).
- November 24, 1703 "First Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia"
- November 24, 1759 Destructive eruption of Vesuvius
- November 24, 1832 South Carolina passes Ordinance of Nullification
- November 24, 1849 "The Father of the Tractor John Froelich, the inventor of the first gasoline-powered farm tractor, was born in Froelich, Iowa. Froelich's tractor, completed in 1892, featured a Van Duzen one-cylinder gasoline engine mounted on wooden beams to operate a threshing machine"
- November 24, 1853 "Bat Masterson gambler, saloon keeper, lawman, journalist; subject of TV series in the 1960s; was born"
- November 24, 1859 "Charles Darwin publishes ""On the Origin of Species"""
- November 24, 1863 Civil War battle for Lookout Mountain began in Tennessee
- November 24, 1871 National Rifle Association organized (NYC)
- November 24, 1874 Joseph F Glidden patents barbed wire
- November 24, 1880 Southern University established
- November 24, 1888 "Dale Carnegie was born on this day in Maryville, Missouri"
- November 24, 1900 "On this day, the first gasoline-powered Pierce automobile was taken on a test drive through the streets of Buffalo, New York"
- November 24, 1903 Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter
- November 24, 1904 The first successful caterpillar track is made.
- November 24, 1905 The first Canadian Northern Railway passenger train reaches Edmonton after a 27 hour trip from Winnipeg Manitoba.
- November 24, 1917 "Nine police officers and one civilian are killed when a bomb explodes at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin police headquarters building."
- November 24, 1922 Author and Irish Republican Army member Robert Erskine Childers is executed by an Irish Free State firing squad for illegally carrying a revolver.
- November 24, 1930 "The first woman pilot on a transcontinental air flight Miss Ruth Nichols (Mineola, NY to CA), in a Lockheed-Vega, took 7 days"
- November 24, 1942 The State Department confirms the existence of Nazi extermination camps and the murder of two million Jews to date.
- November 24, 1943 World War II: The USS Liscome Bay is torpedoed near Tarawa and sinks with nearly 650 men killed.
- November 24, 1944 First B-29 raids from Marianas base.
- November 24, 1944 HMCS Shawinigan (Corvette) lost in the CAbot Strait
- November 24, 1944 "US bombers based on Saipan, first attack Tokyo"
- November 24, 1947 "John Steinbeck's novel ""The Pearl"" published"
- November 24, 1947 "Red Scare: After the so-called Hollywood 10 refuse to co-operate with the House Un-American Activities Committee concerning allegations of Communist influence in the movie industry, the United States House of Representatives votes 346 to 17 to approve citations of contempt of Congress against them."
- November 24, 1947 Robert Schuman becomes Prime Minister of France.
- November 24, 1947 "Un-American Activities Committee finds ""Hollywood 10"" in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were communists"
- November 24, 1952 "Agatha Christie's ""The Mousetrap"" opens in London"
- November 24, 1958 Mali becomes an autonomous state within French Community
- November 24, 1960 "Wilt Chamberlain pulls down 55 rebounds in one game, setting an NBA record."
- November 24, 1962 "The West Berlin branch of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany forms a separate party, the Socialist Unity Party of West Berlin."
- November 24, 1963 "A first, a live murder on TV-Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald"
- November 24, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald is assassinated by Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters.
- November 24, 1963 Vietnam War: Newly sworn-in US President Lyndon B. Johnson confirms that the United States intends to continue supporting South Vietnam both militarily and economically.
- November 24, 1964 Rebellion ends in Zaire
- November 24, 1965 "Joseph Dsir Mobutu seizes power in the Congo and becomes President; he goes on to rule the country (which he renames Zaire in 1971) for over 30 years, until being overthrown by rebels in 1997."
- November 24, 1966 400 die of respiratory failure & heart attack in killer NYC smog
- November 24, 1966 "A Bulgarian plane with 82 people on board crashes near Bratislava, Slovakia."
- November 24, 1966 New York City experiences the smoggiest day in the city's history.
- November 24, 1969 Apollo 12 returns to Earth
- November 24, 1969 "Apollo program: The Apollo 12 command module splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to the Moon."
- November 24, 1969 U.S. Army officials announce 1st Lt. William Calley will be court-martialed for the premeditated murder of 109 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai.
- November 24, 1971 "Dan ""DB"" Cooper parachutes from a Northwest AL 727 with $200,000"
- November 24, 1971 "During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (AKA D.B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with US$200,000 in ransom money neither he nor the money have ever been found."
- November 24, 1971 Prison rebellion at Rahway State Prison NJ
- November 24, 1974 "Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed ""Lucy"" after The Beatles song ""Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,"" in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Depression."
- November 24, 1983 "PLO exchanges 6 Israeli prisoners for 4,500 Palestinians & Lebanese"
- November 24, 1989 Communist Party resigns in Czechoslovakia
- November 24, 1992 Chinese air crash kills 141
- November 24, 1993 "In Liverpool, 11-year-olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables are convicted of the murder of 2-year-old James Bulger."
- November 24, 1997 "In response to a 554.26 point free fall, New York Stock Exchange officials invoked the ""circuit breake"" rule and puts a halt to trading"
- November 24, 1997 "RealNetworks, an Internet pioneer that developed streaming audio and video technology, launched a public offering on this day in 1997. The company, once co-owned by Microsoft and formerly called Progressive Networks, reaped more than $500 million on its first day of trading."
- November 24, 1998 A federal judge ruled that a Virginia library constitutionally could not block Internet pornography from library computers
- November 24, 2005 "Conservative leader Stephen Harper, the leader of the Official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament, introduces a motion of no confidence, which NDP leader Jack Layton seconds. The motion is passed on November 28 leading to the dissolution of the 38th Canadian Parliament."
- November 24, 2007 Kevin Rudd leader of the Australian Labor Party defeats the incumbent Australian government of John Howard that had been in office since March 1996 in a landslide victory.
- November 24, 2009 "A nationwide public service strike involving medical staff, teachers and civil servants takes place in areas of Ireland not badly affected by recent ongoing flooding."
- November 24, 2009 "An appeal court in Casablanca, Morocco, upholds a three year jail term against a human rights activist, Chahib Khayari, for ""offending the authorities"" after accusing top officials of being involved in drug networks."
- November 24, 2009 "An estimated 1,200 absentee ballots still need to be counted before a winner is declared on December 7, 2009"
- November 24, 2009 An inquiry opens in the United Kingdom over the country's involvement in the Iraq War.
- November 24, 2009 "Chilean writer and historian, José Arraño Acevedo dies at the age of 88."
- November 24, 2009 China executes two people for their role in the tainted milk poisoning scandal.
- November 24, 2009 Four people are killed in a helicopter crash off the coast of Netanya in northern Israel.
- November 24, 2009 "In a tribute to Hindu goddess Gadhimai, approximately 20,000 buffalo and 300,000 birds, sheep and goats are ritually slaughtered in a festival in Bariyapur, Nepal"
- November 24, 2009 "In the Northern Mariana Islands' first ever runoff, incumbent Governor Benigno Fitial of the Covenant Party leads Republican Party Rep. Heinz Hofschneider by 501 votes."
- November 24, 2009 "Iran lifts a ban on one of its best-selling newspapers, Hamshahri, a day after it was banned from publication after publishing a picture of a temple from the banned Baha'i faith."
- November 24, 2009 "Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election, 2009"
- November 24, 2009 "Over 1,500 complaints are received from American viewers after a gay kiss involving Adam Lambert is televised during an awards ceremony."
- November 24, 2009 "Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declares a state of emergency in the entire Maguindanao province in southern Philippines following the bloodiest election-related massacre in Philippine history which left at least 40 people dead, including a local politician and about a dozen journalists."
- November 24, 2009 Pirates kill a Ukrainian sailor after an oil tanker is attacked off the coast of Benin.
- November 24, 2009 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev orders an investigation into the death of an anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in prison while awaiting trial on charges of tax evasion.
- November 24, 2009 The European Parliament approves a major overhaul of telecommunications systems in the European Union aimed at boosting the rights of mobile and internet users.
- November 24, 2009 The Government of Ireland announces a €10 million humanitarian fund for the worst affected by ongoing floods in the country.
- November 24, 2009 "The trial of two Congolese militia leaders, Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, begins at the International Criminal Court in The Hague."
- November 24, 2009 "Two French charity workers are kidnapped in the Central African Republic, in the latest in a series of kidnappings."
- November 24, 2009 Web browser Opera closes a loophole which allowed Chinese users to access websites banned by the government.
- November 24, 2011 Thanksgiving day - US - (always last Thursday of November)