On This Day for 24th November

Historical Events

  • 380 Theodosius I makes his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople.
  • 1639 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree - helped establish size of the Solar System
  • 1642 Abel Janzoon Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)
  • 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species"
  • 1950 UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas
  • 1954 France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria

Did You Know?

Joseph F Glidden patents barbed wire

On November 24th, 1874

Famous Weddings

  • 1190 Isabella of Jerusalem marries Conrad of Montferrat at Acre, making him de jure King.
  • 1979 Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (57) weds photographer Jill Krementz (39)
  • 1980 Ronald Reagan Jr marries Doria Palmieri
  • 1984 MLB pitcher Roger Clemens (22) weds Debra Lynn Godfrey
  • 2000 Actor, screenwriter and director Jon Favreau (34) weds physician Joya Tillem (30) in Sonoma, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1976 Singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage