On This Day

What Happened on November 24

Important Events

  • 380 Theodosius I makes his adventus, or first 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 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)
  • 1859 English naturalist Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species" radically changing the view of evolution and laying the foundation for evolutionary biology
  • 1950 UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas
  • 1954 France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria
More Historical Events

November 24 in Film & TV

  • 1947 The US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities finds "Hollywood 10" in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were communists

November 24 in Music

  • 1950 "Guys & Dolls" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1200 performances

November 24 in Sport

Did You Know?

American inventor Joseph Glidden patents barbed wire

On November 24, 1874

Would You Believe?

400 die of respiratory failure & heart attacks in New York City smog, smoggiest day in city's history

On November 24, 1966

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

Famous Divorces

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