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
  • 1974 Most complete early human skeleton (Lucy, Australopithecus) discovered by Donald Johanson, Maurice Taieb, Yves Coppens and Tim White in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia's Afar Depression [1] [2]
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Nov 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

Nov 24 in Music

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

Nov 24 in Sport

Did You Know?

American inventor Joseph Glidden patents barbed wire

On November 24, 1874

Would You Believe?

American "Dan Cooper" hijacks plane, extorts $200,000 ransom before jumping out of plane over Washington State, never seen again

On November 24, 1971

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 American singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage

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