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November 24 - Today in History
By Staff
Nov 24, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0496 - Anastasius II succeeds Gelasius I as Catholic Pope
0642 - Theodore I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1105 - Rabbi Nathan ben Yehiel of Rome completes Talmudic dictionary
1434 - Thames River freezes
1542 - Battle at Solway Moss: English beat Scottish King James
1572 - John Knox, Scottish preacher, dies at about 67
1587 - Battle at Auneau: Henri de Guise wins
1601 - Earl Mauritius ceases siege of De Bosch due to strict monarchy
1628 - John Ford's "Lover's Melancholy," premieres in London
1639 - First observation of transit of Venus occured (only 2, record event)
1642 - Abel Janzoon Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)
1643 - Battle at Tuttlingen: Beiers army under General Mercy beats France
1655 - English Lord Protector Cromwell bans Anglicans
1674 - Franciscus van Enden, Flemish jesuit/free thinker, executed at 72
1688 - General strategist John Churchill meets Willem III
1703 - First Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia
1715 - Thames River freezes
1759 - Destructive eruption of Vesuvius
1822 - Karl Jacob Wagner, composer, dies at 50
1832 - South Carolina passes Ordinance of Nullification
1835 - Texas Rangers, mounted police force authorized by Texas Prov Government
1838 - Karl Ludwig Hellwig, composer, dies at 65
1859 - Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species" 
1861 - Luik-Vis´┐Ż-Maastricht railway opens
1863 - Battle of Chattanooga, Columbia & Lookout Mt begins in Tennessee
1863 - Claudius Charles Wilson, Confederate brig-gen, dies in battle at 32
1869 - American Woman's Suffrage Association forms (Cleveland)
1871 - National Rifle Association organized (NYC)
1874 - Joseph F Glidden patents barbed wire
1880 - Southern University forms
1885 - Alfonso XII, king of Spain (1875-85), dies at 27
1896 - First US absentee voting law enacted by Vermont
1897 - Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston
1903 - Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter
1903 - George Ade's "County Chairman," premieres in NYC
1905 - Moshav Hertzlia forms in Israel
1914 - Benito Mussolini leaves Italy's socialist party
1914 - Dutch Overseas Trustmaatschappij (NOT) forms
1915 - Serbian leader flees to Albania
1918 - Bala Can forms Hungarian Communist Party
1922 - Italian parliament gives Mussolini dictatorial powers "for 1 year"
1923 - Radio Belgium's first transmission
1924 - First Dutch airplane (Fokker's F-7) reaches Batavia (Java)
1925 - First radio-broadcast of Dutch KRO (Catholic Radio Broadcast) 
1925 - Eugene O'Neill Theater (Coronet, Forrest) opens at 230 W 49th St NYC
1930 - First woman pilot on a transcontinental air flight Miss Ruth Nichols (Mineola, NY to Calif), in a Lockheed-Vega, took 7 days
1934 - CFL Grey Cup: Sarnia beats Regina, 20-12 at Toronto
1935 - King George II returns to Greece after 12 years
1936 - Pacifist/anti fascist writer Carl Von Ossietzky sent to concentration camp, award Nobel Peace Prize 
1938 - National Semi-Pro Basketball Congress authorizes yellow basketball
1941 - "Life Certificates" issued to some Jews of Vilna, rest exterminated
1941 - Indian infantry attacks German tanks at Sidi Omar
1941 - US troops land on Suriname to protect bauxite mine
1942 - Fieldmarshal Erich von Manstein arrives in Starobelsk
1942 - French collaborator earl De Brinon establishes "African Falanx"
1944 - US bombers based on Saipan, begin first attack on Tokyo
1947 - John Steinbeck's novel "Pearl" published
1947 - Un-American Activities Committee finds "Hollywood 10" in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were communists
1948 - Ireland votes for independence from UK
1949 - Britain nationalizes it's steel & iron industry
1949 - Syracuse Nationals beat Anderson Packers, 125-123 in 5 OTs
1950 - UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas
1950 - US infantry division conquerors Chonju Korea
1951 - 39th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Saskatchewan, 21-14
1951 - British auto manufacturers Austin/Moris Motors merge
1952 - Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap" opens in London (still running)
1953 - Robert H Lightfoot, English theologist/exegetist, dies at 70
1953 - Dodgers sign Walter Alston to a 1-year pact as manager for 1954
1954 - Air Force One, 1st US Presidential airplane, christened
1954 - France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria
1955 - First test flight of Fokker's F-27 Friendship
1956 - 44th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 50-27
1957 - Cleve Browns' fullback Jim Brown sets club record of 237 yds rushing
1958 - Mali becomes an autonomous state within French Community
1960 - Wilt Chamberlain pulls down 55 rebounds in a game (NBA record)
1962 - Last of Dutch militia leave New-Guinea
1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK's assassinator, shot dead by Jack Ruby; first live murder on television
1964 - 30th Heisman Trophy Award: John Huarte, Notre Dame (QB)
1964 - Cards' 3rd baseman Ken Boyer is voted NL MVP
1964 - For first time since 1800, residents of Wash DC permitted to vote
1964 - Rebellion ends in Zaire
1965 - Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu, becomes president of Zaire
1966 - First TV station in Congo, Kinshasa (Zaire)
1966 - 400 die of respiratory failure & heart attack in killer NYC smog
1966 - The Beatles began recording sessions for "Sgt Pepper"
1968 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Louise Suggs Golf Invitational
1969 - Apollo 12 returns to Earth
1969 - West German pres Heinemann visits Netherlands
1969 - Lt William L Calley, charged with massacre of over 100 civilians in My Lai Vietnam in March 1968, ordered to stand trial by court martial
1970 - 36th Heisman Trophy Award: Jim Plunkett, Stanford (QB)
1971 - Braves catcher-infielder Earl Williams, wins NL Rookie of Year
1971 - Dan "DB" Cooper parachutes from a Northwest AL 727 with $200,000
1971 - Prison rebellion at Rahway State Prison NJ
1972 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
1973 - Miss Teenage America Pageant
1974 - 2 truck hijackers freed (3/3/1974)
1974 - 62nd CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 20-7
1974 - Gerald Ford & Leonid Brezhnev signs SALT-2-treaty
1974 - Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Errol Golf Classic
1976 - NBA Atlanta Hawks end a 28 game road losing streak
1976 - Reds Joe Morgan wins his 2nd straight NL MVP Award
1977 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1977 - Miami Bob Greise passes for 6 touchdowns vs St Louis (55-14)
1979 - Kings' Charley Simmer fails on 8th penalty shot against Islanders
1979 - US admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange
1980 - George Raft, actor (Scarface, Johnny Angel, Mr Ace), dies at 85
1980 - Ronald Reagan Jr marries Doria Palmieri
1981 - First air-launched cruise missile tested
1982 - Orioles Cal Ripken is named AL Rookie of Year
1982 - Yasuhiro Nakasone succeeds Zenko Suzuki as premier of Japan
1983 - PLO exchanges 6 Israeli prisoners for 4,500 Palestinians & Lebanese
1985 - Egyptian commandos storm captured Boeing in Malta, 60 killed
1986 - Cards reliever Todd Worrell wins NL Rookie of Year
1986 - Wrestler John Tatum charged with possession of marijuana
1987 - Li Peng succeeds premier Zhao Ziyang in China PR
1989 - Communist Party resigns in Czechoslovakia
1989 - Elias Hrawi elected president of Lebanon
1989 - Tendulkar scores a Test Cricket fifty age 16 years 214 days, a record
1991 - Freddie Mercury, British singer (Queen), dies of AIDS at 45
1991 - First international flight from Long Island's MacArthur Airport (to Mexico)
1991 - 79th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Calgary Stampeders, 36-21
1991 - After going 12-0, Washington Redskins lose to Dallas 24-21
1991 - Monica Seles, sets female tennis record winning $2,457,758 in a year
1991 - Rachmon Nabijev elected pres of Tadzjikistan
1991 - US 75th manned space mission "STS 44" Atlantis 10 launched
1992 - Boeing 734 crashes into mountain in China, kills 141
1993 - Brady bill passes establishing 5-day waiting period for handgun sales
1993 - End of world, according to Ukrainian sect White Brotherhood
1995 - Ireland votes to end 70-year-old ban on divorce (50.28% to 49.72%)
1996 - Karrie Webb wins ITT LPGA Tour Championship
1996 - Rookie Karrie Webb wins LPGA Tour Championship

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