On This Day in History for November 24

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 118

  • 380 Theodosius I makes his adventus, or first formal entry, into Constantinople
  • 496 Anastasius II succeeds Gelasius I as Catholic Pope
  • 642 Theodore I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1105 Rabbi Nathan ben Yehiel of Rome completes Talmudic dictionary
  • 1434 River Thames in London freezes over
  • 1542 Battle of Solway Moss: English beat Scottish King James V
  • 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 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree - helped establish size of the Solar System
  • 1642 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)
  • 1643 Battle of Tuttlingen: Beiers army under Gen Mercy beats France

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1655 English Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell bans Anglicans

English Military and Political Leader Oliver Cromwell
English Military and Political Leader
Oliver Cromwell
  • 1688 General strategist John Churchill meets William III
  • 1703 1st Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia
  • 1715 London's Thames River freezes over
  • 1744 John Carteret resigns as British Secretary of State for the Northern Department
  • 1759 Destructive eruption of Vesuvius

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1800 Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland depart Caracas for Cuba where they met fellow botanist John Fraser

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt
  • 1832 South Carolina passes Ordinance of Nullification
  • 1835 Texas Rangers, mounted police force authorized by Texas Provisional Government

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1859 English naturalist Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species"

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1861 Luik-Visé-Maastricht railway opens
  • 1862 M Levy publishes Gustave Flaubert's "Salammbo"
  • 1863 Battle of Chattanooga, Columbia & Lookout Mt begins in Tennessee
  • 1869 American Woman's Suffrage Association forms (Cleveland)
  • 1871 National Rifle Association organized (NYC)
  • 1874 American inventor Joseph Glidden patents barbed wire
  • 1887 Victorien Sardou's "La Tosca" premieres in Paris
  • 1896 1st US absentee voting law enacted by Vermont
  • 1898 The International Conference of Rome for the Social Defense Against Anarchists opens.
  • 1903 Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter
  • 1903 George Ade's "County Chairman" premieres in NYC
  • 1905 Moshav Hertzlia forms in Israel
  • 1912 Conflict in the Balkans grows into an acute international crisis with major powers supporting either Austria or Serbia

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1914 Benito Mussolini leaves Italy's socialist party

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1914 Dutch Overseas Trustmaatschappij (NOT) forms
  • 1915 Serbian leader flees to Albania
  • 1916 Mexican and US representatives sign a protocol at Atlantic City, under which Pershing's troops will withdraw and each nation's army will guard the border. President Carranza of Mexico will refuse to accept it
  • 1917 Nine police officers and one civilian are killed when a bomb explodes at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin police headquarters building.
  • 1918 Béla Can forms Hungarian Communist Party
  • 1922 Italian parliament gives Benito Mussolini dictatorial powers "for 1 year"
  • 1923 Radio Belgium's 1st transmission
  • 1924 1st Dutch airplane (Fokker's F-7) reaches Batavia (Java)
  • 1924 General Feng Yu-Hsiang, a warlord from the north of China, turns on his allies and seizes Peking
  • 1925 1st radio-broadcast of Dutch KRO (Catholic Radio Broadcast)
  • 1925 Eugene O'Neill Theater (Coronet, Forrest) opens at 230 W 49th St NYC
  • 1926 KVI-AM in Seattle WA begins radio transmissions
  • 1930 Ruth Nichols sets women's transcontinental air flight record (Mineola, NY to California), in a Lockheed-Vega
  • 1932 In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
  • 1934 SN Behrman's "Rain from Heaven" premieres in NYC
  • 1935 King George II returns to Greece after 12 years
  • 1935 The Senegalese Socialist Party holds its second congress.
  • 1936 Noel Coward's "Tonight at 8:30" premieres in NYC
  • 1936 Pacifist/anti fascist writer Carl Von Ossietzky sent to concentration camp, award Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1938 Clifford Odets' "Rocket to the Moon" premieres in NYC
  • 1941 "Life Certificates" issued to some Jews of Vilna, the rest are 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 Marquis de Brinon establishes "African Falanx"
  • 1944 US bombers based on Saipan begin 1st attack on Tokyo

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1947 John Steinbeck's novel "Pearl" published

  • 1949 British steel & iron industry nationalised
  • 1950 UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas
  • 1950 US infantry division conquers Chonju Korea
  • 1951 British auto manufacturers Austin and Morris Motors merge
  • 1954 Air Force One, 1st US Presidential airplane, christened
  • 1954 France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria
  • 1955 1st test flight of Fokker's F-27 Friendship
  • 1958 Mali becomes an autonomous state within French Community
  • 1962 Last of Dutch military leave New Guinea
  • 1964 For 1st time since 1800, residents of Washngton DC permitted to vote
  • 1964 Rebellion ends in Zaire

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1965 Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu becomes President of Zaire

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko
President of Zaire
Mobutu Sese Seko
  • 1966 1st TV station in Congo, Kinshasa (Zaire)
  • 1966 400 die of respiratory failure & heart attacks in New York City smog, smoggiest day in city's history
  • 1966 A Bulgarian plane with 82 people on board crashes near Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • 1969 Apollo 12 returns to Earth
  • 1969 West German president 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
  • 1971 Dan "DB" Cooper parachutes from a Northwest AL 727 with $200,000
  • 1971 Prison rebellion at Rahway State Prison, New Jersey
  • 1971 A woman is killed after members of the Irish Republican Army carry out an attack on British soldiers in Strabane, County Tyrone
  • 1971 A British Army bomb-disposal specialist is killed by a bomb in Lurgan, County Armagh
  • 1972 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1972 Taoiseach Jack Lynch met with British Prime Minister Edward Heath in London to give Irish approval to Attlee's paper that said new arrangements should be 'acceptable to and accepted by the Republic of Ireland'
  • 1974 2 truck hijackers freed (3/3/1974)

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1974 Gerald Ford and Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT-2 treaty to reduce each side's number of nuclear weapons

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 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 US admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange
  • 1981 1st air-launched cruise missile tested
  • 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
  • 1987 Li Peng succeeds premier Zhao Ziyang in China PR
  • 1989 Communist Party resigns in Czechoslovakia

Birthdays in History

  • 1273 Alphonso, Earl of Chester, son of Edward I of England (d. 1284)
  • 1394 Charles, Duke of Orléans, French poet (d. 1465)
  • 1420 John Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, English politician (d. 1473)
  • 1583 Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Spanish poet (d. 1641)
  • 1615 Philipp Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (d. 1690)
  • 1630 Etienne Baluze, French scholar (d. 1718)
  • 1632 Baruch "Benedict" de Spinoza, Amsterdam, rationalist philosopher
  • 1642 Anne Hilarion de Cotentin, earl of Tourville/knight/admiral/marshal
  • 1655 Charles XI, King of Sweden (1660-97)
  • 1712 Willem Bachiene, theologist/geographer/astronomer (Ecclesiastical)

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1713 Junipero Serra, Spanish missionary priest, founded 1st missions in California, born in Petra, Majorca

Missionary Junípero Serra
Missionary
Junípero Serra
  • 1713 Laurence Sterne, Ireland, novelist/satirist (Tristram Shandy)
  • 1724 Maria Amalia of Saxony, queen of Spain (d. 1760)
  • 1729 Alexander Suvorov, Russian general (d. 1800)
  • 1740 John Bacon, English sculptor
  • 1745 Maria Louisa of Spain, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1792)
  • 1766 J J Friedrich Weinbrenner, German architect/archaeologist
  • 1774 Thomas Dick, Scottish scientific teacher and writer (d. 1857)

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1784 Zachary Taylor, 12th US President (Mar 5, 1849 - July 9, 1850), born in Barboursville, Virginia (d. 1850)

12th US President Zachary Taylor
12th US President
Zachary Taylor
  • 1801 Ludwig Bechstein, German poet (d. 1860)
  • 1806 Omar Pasha, [Michael Lats], Croatian governor/viceroy of Bosnia/Iraq
  • 1811 Ditler G Monrad, Danish theologist/bishop/premier (1863- )
  • 1811 Ulrich Ochsenbein, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1890)
  • 1815 James Trapier, N Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1865)
  • 1815 Grace Darling, English heroine (d. 1842)
  • 1817 Juan de la Cruz Moreno Maisonave, Guatemala
  • 1824 Karel M M Verlat, Flemish painter/graphic artist
  • 1826 Collodi, [Carlo Lorenzini], Italian author (Pinocchio)
  • 1829 William Passmore Carlin, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1903)
  • 1833 Antoine Labelle, Quebec catholic priest (d. 1891)
  • 1849 Frances Hodgson Burnett, British-American playwright and children's author ("The Secret Garden"), born in Manchester (d. 1924)
  • 1853 Bat Masterson, American gunfighter (d. 1921)
  • 1859 Cass Gilbert, American architect (d. 1934)
  • 1864 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, France, painter (At the Moulin Rouge)
  • 1869 António Óscar Carmona, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal and 11th President of Portugal (d. 1951)
  • 1873 L Martov, [Yuly O Tsederbaum], Russian revolutionary
  • 1876 Walter Griffin, US architect, city planner; designed Canberra, Aust
  • 1877 Alben W Barkley, Graves County Ky, (35th Vice Pres-D-1949-53)
  • 1877 Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, Indian CID Commissioner of Police (d. 1941)
  • 1878 Mark N Tod, English classicist/historian
  • 1884 Michel de Klerk, architect (Amsterdam School)
  • 1884 Itzhak Ben-Zvi, President of Israel (d. 1963)
  • 1886 Georges Vandertongerloo, Flemish artist (L'art et Son Avenir)
  • 1886 Margaret Caroline Anderson, American publisher (d. 1973)
  • 1887 Erich von Manstein, German military commander (d. 1973)
  • 1888 Dale Carnegie, author (How to Win Friends & Influence People)
  • 1888 Fredrick Willius, American cardiologist (d. 1972)
  • 1889 Cissy van Marxfield, [Setske Beek-de Haan], Dutch author
  • 1893 Charles F. Hurley, 54th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1946)

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1896 Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Italian-American gangster of the New York mafia, born in Sicily, Italy (d. 1962)

  • 1899 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (d. 1966)
  • 1901 Andre Victor Tchelistcheff, winemaker
  • 1902 Fernand Braudel, French historian
  • 1906 Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Air Bridge monument Berlin)
  • 1908 Harry Kemelman, US detective author (rabbi-omnibus)
  • 1909 Hotze de Roos, Dutch youth book author (Chameleon)
  • 1911 Walter Goetz, illustrator cartoonist/painter
  • 1912 Bernard Delfgaauw, Dutch philosopher (Johnson murderer!)
  • 1912 Garson Kanin, playwright/producer (Double Life), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1916 Forrest J Ackerman, invented the term "sci-fi"
  • 1919 John Silverlight, journalist
  • 1920 Anthony Griffin, sailor
  • 1920 Joseph Olutola Olu Odutola Oguntala, soho club owner
  • 1921 John V Lindsay, (Mayor-R/D-NY, 1965-73)
  • 1924 Victor Grinich, Croatian-American businessman (d. 2000)
  • 1925 William F. Buckley Jr, New York, American conservative author and commentator (National Review, Firing Line)
  • 1925 Simon van der Meer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1926 Alan Owen, English author (Maggie May, Ronnie Barker Show)
  • 1926 Tsung-Dao Lee, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1927 Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (d. 2003)
  • 1935 Ronald V Dellums, (Rep-D-California, 1971- ), born in Oakland, California
  • 1938 Charles Starkweather, American Spree Killer (d. 1959)
  • 1938 Willy Claes, Belgian politician
  • 1940 Don Metz, American architect
  • 1940 Eric Wilson, Canadian children's author.
  • 1941 John de Andrea, US sculptor
  • 1942 Marlin Fitzwater, press secretary (George H. W. Bush)
  • 1944 Claudia Dreifus, interviewer/author (7 Stories)
  • 1944 Dan Glickman, (Rep-D-KS, 1977- )
  • 1944 Jules Deelder, Dutch poet (T of Vondel)
  • 1944 Ibrahim Gambari, Nigerian scholar

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1946 Ted Bundy, American serial murderer during the 1970s, born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1989)

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1946 Penelope Jones Halsall (aka: Caroline Courtney, Melinda Wright, Lydia Hitchcock, Penny Jordan, Annie Groves)
  • 1948 Spider Robinson, Canada, sci-fi author (3 Hugo, Callahan's Secret)
  • 1949 Martin Duiser, pop producer (Vanessa, Lee Towers)
  • 1951 Chet Edwards, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • 1955 Takashi Yuasa, Japanese lawyer
  • 1955 Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Swedish politician
  • 1961 Carlos Carnero, Spanish member of parliament
  • 1961 Arundhati Roy, Indian activist and writer (The God of Small Things), born in Shillong, Meghalaya
  • 1966 Paul Robinett, American internet personality

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1968 Todd Beamer, passenger and hero on United Airlines Flight 93, born in Flint, Michigan

Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 Todd Beamer
Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Todd Beamer
  • 1975 Thomas Kohnstamm, American writer
  • 1985 Tony Hunt, National Football League player

Weddings in History

  • 1190 Isabella of Jerusalem marries Conrad of Montferrat at Acre, making him de jure King.

HeartWedding of Interest

1979 Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (57) weds photographer Jill Krementz (39)

  • 1980 Ronald Reagan Jr marries Doria Palmieri

Deaths in History

  • 654 Emperor Kōtoku of Japan (b. 596)
  • 1115 Mathilde, markgravin of Toscane, dies
  • 1192 Albert I van Leuven/Luik, Belgian bishop of Luik/saint, dies at 27
  • 1468 Jean de Dunois, French soldier (b. 1402)
  • 1531 Johannes Oecolampadius, German religious reformer (b. 1482)
  • 1541 Margaret Tudor, wife of James IV of Scotland (b. 1489)
  • 1555 French Vervoort, Flemish mystic (Bruylocht Cleedt), dies at about 65
  • 1571 Jan Blahoslav, Czech bishop, dies at 48
  • 1572 John Knox, Scottish preacher, dies at about 67
  • 1583 René de Birague, French cardinal and chancellor (b. 1506)
  • 1674 Franciscus van Enden, Flemish jesuit/free thinker, executed at 72
  • 1741 Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden (b. 1688)
  • 1770 Charles-Jean-François Hénault, French historian (b. 1685)
  • 1775 Lorenzo Ricci, Italian Jesuit leader (b. 1703)
  • 1781 James Caldwell, American revolutionary (b. 1734)
  • 1793 Clément Charles François de Laverdy, French statesman (b. 1723)
  • 1801 Franz Moritz Graf von Lacy, Austrian field marshal (b. 1725)

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1807 Joseph Brant [Thayendanegea], Mohawk leader, dies at 64

Mohawk Military Leader Joseph Brant
Mohawk Military Leader
Joseph Brant
  • 1827 Harman W Muntinghe, Dutch lawyer and colonial director, dies at 54
  • 1840 Cornelis RT Krayenhoff, fortress architect/cartographer, dies at 82

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1848 William Lamb, 2ng Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig 1834, 1835-41), dies at 69

British Prime Minister William Lamb
British Prime Minister
William Lamb
  • 1863 Claudius Charles Wilson, Confederate brig-gen during American Civil War, dies of fever at camp in Ringgold, Georgia
  • 1870 Comte de Lautréamont, French writer (b. 1846)
  • 1885 Alfonso XII, king of Spain (1875-85), dies at 27
  • 1890 August Belmont, Sr., Prussian-born financier (b. 1816)
  • 1899 Abdullah ibn Mohammed al-Ta'a'ishi, mahdi of Sudan (1883-99), dies
  • 1914 Louis de Raet, Belgian economist/Flemish People Party, dies
  • 1916 Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, American-born gunsmith (b. 1840)
  • 1923 Michel de Klerk, architect (Amsterdam School), dies at 39
  • 1929 Georges Clemenceau, French journalist/premier (1917-20), dies at 88
  • 1943 Martin Raschke, German author/war correspondent, dies at 38
  • 1943 Reina Prince Geerligs, [Leentjes Vandendriesch], anti-fascist, dies
  • 1943 Doris Miller, American navy cook (b. 1919)
  • 1944 EMHCH Houtappel, resistance fighter: in Neuengamme, dies
  • 1953 Robert H Lightfoot, English theologist/exegetist, dies at 70

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1957 Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, dies at 70

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera
  • 1958 Edgar A Robert Cecil viscount of Chelwood, (Nobel 1937), dies at 94
  • 1959 Lyman Bryson, educator (UN Casebook), dies at 71
  • 1959 Yuri N Libedinski, Ukrainen writer (Commissioners), dies at 60
  • 1960 Salomon "Sam" de Wolff, zionist/socialist theorist, dies at 82
  • 1960 Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia (b. 1882)
  • 1962 James J Kilroy, tank inspector (Kilroy was here), dies at 60

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1963 Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK's assassinator 2 days earlier, shot dead by nightclub owner Jack Ruby live on TV

Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald
Ex-soldier, drifter
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • 1964 John Fabricius, playwright, dies at 55
  • 1965 Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1895)
  • 1967 Arnold J d'ailly, mayor of Amsterdam (1946-56), dies at 65
  • 1967 Louis Fratto, American gangster (b. 1908)
  • 1973 John Neihardt, American writer (b. 1881)
  • 1980 Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (b. 1897)
  • 1985 Cees Buddingh', Dutch poet/writer/interpreter/translator, dies at 67
  • 1987 Jehane Benoît, French Canadian culinary author (b. 1904)
  • 1989 Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio host, dies at 85
  • 1990 Nistani Keiji, philosopher, dies in Kyoto Japan
  • 1990 Dodie Smith, English novelist and playwright (b. 1896)
  • 1990 Marion Post Wolcott, American photographer of the depression, dies at 80
  • 1992 Henri J de Koster, Dutch Min of Defense (1971-73), dies at 78
  • 1992 Theo Edison, son of Thomas Edison, dies at 94
  • 1993 Germaine Emilie Madame Gres Krebs, haute Couturist, dies at 89
  • 1993 Imad Aqal, Palestinian Hamas leader, dies at 24
  • 1993 Jan Schrauwen, Dutch sculptor, dies at 36
  • 1993 Wu Yi Shen, mayor of Shen Yang China, dies in helicopter
  • 1994 Jo Vis, Dutch resistance fighter (Yad Vashem), dies at 88
  • 1995 Stuart Henry, disc jockey, dies at 53
  • 1996 Michael James O'Hehir, commentator/journalist, dies at 76
  • 1996 Sorley MacLean Somhairle MacChaluim, poet, dies at 85
  • 2002 John Rawls, political philosopher (b. 1921)
  • 2003 Floquet de Neu, Ecuato Guinean albino gorilla (b. 1964)
  • 2003 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, dies at 76
  • 2004 Arthur Hailey, British-born author (b. 1920)
  • 2006 George W. S. Trow, American writer (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Zdeněk Veselovský, Czech zoologist (b. 1938)
  • 2008 Cecil H. Underwood, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1922)
  • 2009 Samak Sundaravej, Thai politician, Prime Minister 2008 (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Huang Hua, Chinese statesman (b. 1913)