Today in History: November 24

Today in History

November 24
1542 The English defeat the Scots at the Battle of Solway Moss in England.
1859 Charles Darwin publishes On Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. The first printing of 1,250 copies sells out in a single day.
1863 In the Battle Above the Clouds, Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker‘s forces take Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1864 Kit Carson and his 1st Cavalry, New Mexico Volunteers, attack a camp of Kiowa Indians in the First Battle of Adobe Walls.
1874 Joseph Glidden receives a patent for barbed wire.
1902 The first Congress of Professional Photographers convenes in Paris.
1912 Austria denounces Serbian gains in the Balkans; Russia and France back Serbia while Italy and Germany back Austria.
1927 Federal officials battle 1,200 inmates after prisoners in Folsom Prison revolt.
1938 Mexico seizes oil land adjacent to Texas.
1939 In Czechoslovakia, the Gestapo execute 120 students who are accused of anti-Nazi plotting.
1943 The USS Liscome Bay is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine near Tarawa during Operation Galvanic and sinks, killing 650 men. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
1944 American B-29s flying from Saipan bomb Tokyo.
1949 The Iron and Steel Act nationalizes the steel industry in Britain.
1950 UN troops begin an assault into the rest of North Korea, hoping to end the Korean War by Christmas.
1961 The United Nations adopts bans on nuclear arms over American protests.
1963 Jack Ruby fatally shoots the accused assassin of President John Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, in the garage of the Dallas Police Department.
1977 Greece announces the discovery of the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.
1979 The United States admits that thousands of troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange.
1992 The US Congress passes the Brady Bill requiring a 5-day waiting period for handgun sales; the bill is named for Pres. Ronald Reagan‘s press secretary who was left partially paralyzed by a bullet during an assassination attempt on Reagan.
1995 Ireland votes 50.28% to 49.72% to end its 70-year-old ban on divorce.
2012 A fire at a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, kills over 110 people.
Born on November 24
1784 Zachary Taylor, general during the Mexican War, 12th President of the United States.
1826 Carlo Collodi, the creator of Pinocchio.
1849 Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Secret Garden.
1859 Cass Gilbert, architect.
1864 Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, French post-impressionist painter.
1868 Scott Joplin, composer.
1886 Margaret Anderson, editor, founder of The Little Review.
1888 Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People.
1912 Garson Kanin, writer and director (Born Yesterday).
1925 William F. Buckley, Jr., journalist, founder of National Review.
1946 Ted Bundy, serial killer; he confessed to 30 murders between 1974-78, but the total could be much higher.
1948 Spider Robinson, Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction author (Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon; Melancholy Elephants); received the Robert A. Heinlein Award for lifetime achievement in 2008.
1949 Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded Monica Lewinsky’s confidential phone calls about Lewinsky’s affair with then-President Bill Clinton.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *