November 24 is the 328th day (329th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar.
There are 37 days remaining.
380 - Theodosius I makes his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople.
642 - Theodore succeeds John IV as Pope.
1639 - Jeremiah Horrocks observes the transit of Venus (November 24 in the Julian calendar, or December 4 in the Gregorian calendar).
1642 - Abel Tasman becomes the first European to discover the island Van Diemen's Land (later renamed Tasmania).
1859 - British naturalist Charles Darwin publishes , a book which argues that The Origin of Species organisms gradually evolve through natural selection (it immediately sold out its initial print run).
1863 - American Civil War: Battle of Lookout Mountain - Near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant capture Lookout Mountain and begin to break the Confederate siege of the city led by General Braxton Bragg.
1904 - The first successful caterpillar track is made (it would later revolutionize construction vehicles and land warfare).
1922 - Popular author and Irish Republican Army member Robert Erskine Childers is executed by an Irish Free State firing squad for illegally carrying a revolver.
1932 - In Washington, DC, the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab ) officially opens.
1941 - World War II: The United States grants Lend-Lease to the Free French.
1944 - World War II: Bombing of Tokyo - The first bombing raid against the Japanese capital of Tokyo from the east and by land was made by 88 American aircraft.
1947 - Red Scare: After refusing to co-operate with the House Un-American Activities Committee concerning allegations of Communist influence in the movie industry, the United States House of Representatives votes 346 to 17 to approve citations of contempt of Congress against the so-called Hollywood 10.
1947 - Robert Schuman becomes Prime Minister of France
1951 - The Broadway play opens starring little known actress Gigi Audrey Hepburn playing the lead character (the play ran for six months and led to Hepburn's film debut in ).
Roman Holiday 1963 - John F. Kennedy assassination: Alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is mortally shot by Jack Ruby in Dallas, Texas on live national television.
1963 - Vietnam War: Newly sworn in US President Lyndon B. Johnson confirms that the United States intends to continue supporting South Vietnam militarily and economically.
1969 - Apollo program: The Apollo 12 spacecraft splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to the Moon.
1971 - During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a man calling himself Dan Cooper (commonly remembered as D. B. Cooper) parachutes from the Northwest Orient Airlines plane he hijacked with US$200,000 in ransom money (he was never heard from again).
1976 - The Band gives its last public performance; Martin Scorsese is on hand to film it (see: ).
The Last Waltz 1992 - In the People's Republic of China, a China Southern Airlines domestic flight crashes, killing all 141 people on-board.
1993 - In the United Kingdom, 11-year olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables are convicted of the child murder of 2-year-old James Bulger of Liverpool (they were sentenced to "indefinite detention").
1996 - Rusty Wallace wins the Suzuka NASCAR Thunder 100 racing event at Suzuka Circuitland in Suzuka City (this was the first NASCAR competition held in Japan).
1997 - Following a 554.26 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), officials at the New York Stock Exchange for the first time invoke the "circuit breaker" rule to stop trading (this was a very controversial move and prompted a quick change in the rule; trading stops will only occur when the DJIA drops at least 10 or 20 percent).
1998 - America Online announces it will acquire Netscape Communications in a stock-for-stock transaction worth US$4.2 billion.
1394 - Charles, Duke of Orléans, French poet (d. 1465)
1632 - Baruch Spinoza, philosopher (d. 1677)
1655 - King Charles XI of Sweden (d. 1697)
1713 - Laurence Sterne, novelist (d. 1768)
1713 - Junipero Serra, founder of California missions (d. 1784)
1784 - Zachary Taylor, 12th President of the United States (d. 1850)
1787 - Franz Xaver Gruber, organist and composer (d. 1863)
1801 - Ludwig Bechstein, narrator and poet (d. 1860)
1811 - Ulrich Ochsenbein, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1890)
1826 - Carlo Collodi, author (d. 1890)
1849 - Frances Hodgson Burnett, author (d. 1924)
1853 - Bat Masterson, gunslinger, policeman, sports reporter (d. 1921)
1859 - Cass Gilbert, architect, designer of U.S. Supreme Court Building (d. 1934)
1864 - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, painter (d. 1901)
1868 - Scott Joplin, musician (d. 1917)
1874 - Charles Miller, father of football in Brazil.
1876 - Walter Burley Griffin, architect
1877 - Alben W. Barkley, Vice President of the United States (d. 1956)
1881 - Al Christie, early Hollywood director/producer (d. 1951)
1884 - Itzhak Ben-Zvi, President of Israel ( 1952- 1963) (d. 1963)
1888 - Dale Carnegie, writer (d. 1955)
1894 - Herbert Sutcliffe, Yorkshire and England opening batsman (d. 1978)
1905 - Irving Allen, producer, director (d. 1987)
1912 - Garson Kanin, writer (d. 1999)
1912 - Teddy Wilson, jazz musician (d. 1986)
1913 - Geraldine Fitzgerald, actress
1916 - Forrest J. Ackerman, writer, publisher
1917 - Howard Duff , actor
1921 - John Lindsay, American politician (d. 2000)
1921 - Yoshiko Uchida , Japanese-American writer (d. 1992)
1924 - Victor Grinich US- Croat businesman (d. 2000)
1925 - William F. Buckley Jr., writer, political commentator
1927 - Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor (d. 1999)
1934 - Alfred Schnittke, composer (d. 1998)
1936 - Sophie Daumier , actress
1938 - Oscar Robertson, Basketball Hall of Famer
1941 - Pete Best, drummer
1943 - Dave Bing, basketball star
1946 - Ted Bundy, serial killer (executed January 24th, 1989)
1947 - Dwight Schultz, actor
1948 - Steve Yeager , baseball player
1949 - Linda Tripp, figure in Lewinsky scandal
1951 - Chet Edwards, American politician
1952 - Thierry Lhermitte , actor
1953 - Mudbone Cooper , singer ( P Funk)
1955 - Ian Botham, English cricketer
1957 - Denise Crosby, actress ( )
Star Trek: The Next Generation 1964 - Brad Sherwood, comedian (" Whose Line Is It Anyway?")
1967 - Russell Watson, British singer
1971 - Keith Primeau, Canadian NHL star
1971 - Fabio Morelli , Italo-Brazilian illustrator
1976 - Chen Lu, figure skater
1978 - Katherine Heigl, actress
1541 - Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII (b. 1489)
1572 - John Knox, Scottish reformer
1848 - Lord Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1779)
1870 - Comte de Lautréamont, French writer (b. 1846)
1890 - August Belmont, Sr., Prussian-born financier (b. 1816)
1916 - Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor of Maxim Gun (b. 1840)
1922 - Robert Erskine Childers, author, Irish nationalist (executed) (b. 1870)
1929 - Georges Clemenceau, Premier of France (b. 1841)
1956 - Guido Cantelli, conductor (b. 1920)
1957 - Diego Rivera, painter (b. 1886)
1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald, assassination suspect (b. 1939)
1973 - John Neihardt, ghostwriter of (b. Black Elk Speaks 1881)
1974 - Nick Drake, musician (b. 1948)
1980 - George Raft, actor (b. 1895)
1985 - Big Joe Turner, blues singer (b. 1911)
1991 - Freddie Mercury, lead singer of ( Queen), of AIDS (b. 1946).
1996 - Sorley MacLean, Scottish Gaelic poet (b. 1911)
2001 - Melanie Thornton, singer with dance band La Bouche (b. 1967)
2001 - Rachel Gurney , actress (b. 1920)
2002 - John Rawls, philosopher (b. 1921)
2003 - Hugh Kenner, literary critic (b. 1923)
2003 - Floquet de Neu, albino gorilla
2003 - Warren Spahn, Baseball Hall of Famer (b. 1921)
2004 - James Wong, lyricist, composer, singer, writer, actor (b. 1941)
2004 - Arthur Hailey, novelist (b. 1920)
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