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What happened on November 24? There are more than 262 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About November 24

November 24 is the 328th day of the year 2014. There are 37 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 48th week of the year 2014.

On this day in Framingham, Massachusetts 01705 sunrise will occur at 12:48 PM and sunset will occur at 10:16 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Sagittarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Topaz while the mystical birthstone is Pearl.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 87 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2015).

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Historical Events For November 24

  • 380
    Theodosius I makes his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople.
  • 1227
    Polish Prince Leszek I the White is assassinated at an assembly of Piast dukes at Gąsawa.
  • 1429
    Joan of Arc unsuccessfully besieges La Charité.
  • 1542
    Battle of Solway Moss: The English army defeats the Scots.
  • 1642
    Abel Tasman becomes the first European to discover the island Van Diemen’s Land (later renamed Tasmania).
  • 1835
    The Texas Provincial Government authorizes the creation of a horse-mounted police force called the Texas Rangers (which is now the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety).
  • 1850
    Danish troops defeat a Schleswig-Holstein force in the town of Lottorf, Schleswig-Holstein.
  • 1859
    Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species, the anniversary of which is sometimes called “Evolution Day”
  • 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.
  • 1906
    The Canton Bulldogs-Massillon Tigers Betting Scandal, the first major scandal in professional American football.
  • 1922
    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, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
  • 1935
    The Senegalese Socialist Party holds its second congress.
  • 1940
    World War II: Slovakia becomes a signatory to the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis Powers.
  • 1941
    World War II: The United States grants Lend-Lease to the Free French.
  • 1943
    World War II: The USS Liscome Bay is torpedoed near Tarawa and sinks, killing 650 men.
  • 1944
    World War II: Bombing of Tokyo – The first bombing raid against the Japanese capital from the east and by land is carried out by 88 American aircraft.
  • 1950
    The “Storm of the Century”, a violent snowstorm, takes shape on this date before paralyzing the northeastern United States and the Appalachians the next day, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West Virginia, records 57 inches of snow. 353 people would die as a result of the storm.
  • 1962
    The West Berlin branch of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany forms a separate party, the Socialist Unity Party of West Berlin.
  • 1963
    Lee Harvey Oswald is murdered by Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters. The shooting happens to be broadcast live on television.
  • 1963
    Vietnam War: Newly sworn-in US President Lyndon B. Johnson confirms that the United States intends to continue supporting South Vietnam both militarily and economically.
  • 1965
    Joseph Désiré Mobutu seizes power in the Congo and becomes President; he rules the country (which he renames Zaire in 1971) for over 30 years, until being overthrown by rebels in 1997.
  • 1966
    Bulgarian TABSO Flight 101 crashes near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, killing all 82 people on board.
  • 1969
    Apollo program: The Apollo 12 command module splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to the Moon.
  • 1971
    During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (AKA D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He has never been found.
  • 1973
    A national speed limit is imposed on the Autobahn in Germany because of the 1973 oil crisis. The speed limit lasted only four months.
  • 1974
    Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “Lucy” (after The Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”), in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression.
  • 1980
    Assassination of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador.
  • 1992
    A China Southern Airlines domestic flight in the People’s Republic of China, crashes, killing all 141 people on-board.

Who Were Born On November 24?

  • 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 Spinoza, Dutch philosopher (d. 1677)
  • 1655
    Charles XI of Sweden (d. 1697)
  • 1690
    Charles Theodore Pachelbel, German composer (d. 1750)
  • 1713
    Junípero Serra, Spanish missionary (d. 1784)
  • 1713
    Laurence Sterne, Irish novelist (d. 1768)
  • 1724
    Maria Amalia of Saxony, queen of Spain (d. 1760)
  • 1729
    Alexander Suvorov, Russian general (d. 1800)
  • 1745
    Maria Louisa of Spain, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1792)
  • 1774
    Thomas Dick, Scottish scientific teacher and writer (d. 1857)
  • 1784
    Zachary Taylor, American general and 12th President of the United States (d. 1850)
  • 1787
    Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian organist (d. 1863)
  • 1801
    Ludwig Bechstein, German poet (d. 1860)
  • 1806
    William Webb Ellis, credited with the invention of Rugby (d. 1872)
  • 1811
    Ulrich Ochsenbein, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1890)
  • 1815
    Grace Darling, English heroine (d. 1842)
  • 1826
    Carlo Collodi, Italian author (d. 1890)
  • 1833
    Antoine Labelle, Quebec catholic priest (d. 1891)
  • 1849
    Frances Hodgson Burnett, British-born author (d. 1924)
  • 1859
    Cass Gilbert, American architect (d. 1934)
  • 1864
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter (d. 1901)
  • 1868
    Scott Joplin, Ragtime Composer (d. 1917)
  • 1869
    António Óscar Carmona, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal and 11th President of Portugal (d. 1951)
  • 1873
    Julius Martov, Russian communiust leader (d. 1923)
  • 1874
    Charles William Miller, Brazilian footballer (d. 1953)
  • 1876
    Walter Burley Griffin, American architect (d. 1937)
  • 1877
    Alben W. Barkley, American politician and 35th Vice President of the United States (d. 1956)
  • 1877
    Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, Indian CID Commissioner of Police (d. 1941)
  • 1881
    Al Christie, Canadian-born film director and producer (d. 1951)
  • 1884
    Itzhak Ben-Zvi, President of Israel (d. 1963)
  • 1885
    Christian Wirth, commandant of Belzec extermination camp (d. 1944)
  • 1886
    Margaret Caroline Anderson, American publisher (d. 1973)
  • 1887
    Erich von Manstein, German military commander (d. 1973)
  • 1888
    Dale Carnegie, American writer (d. 1955)
  • 1888
    Fredrick Willius, American cardiologist (d. 1972)
  • 1893
    Charles F. Hurley, 54th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1946)
  • 1894
    Herbert Sutcliffe, English cricketer (d. 1978)
  • 1897
    Lucky Luciano, American gangster (d. 1962)
  • 1899
    Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (d. 1966)
  • 1904
    Albert Ross Tilley, Canadian Plastic Surgeon (d. 1988)
  • 1908
    Libertad Lamarque, Argentine actress and singer (d. 2000)
  • 1910
    Larry Siemering, American college football head coach (d. 2009)
  • 1911
    Joe Medwick, baseball player (d. 1975)
  • 1911
    Kirby Grant, American actor (d. 1985)
  • 1912
    Barbara Sheldon, American actress (d. 2007)
  • 1912
    Bernard Delfgaauw, Dutch philosopher (d. 1993)
  • 1912
    Garson Kanin, American writer (d. 1999)
  • 1912
    Teddy Wilson, American jazz pianist (d. 1986)
  • 1913
    Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish-born actress (d. 2005)
  • 1916
    Forrest J. Ackerman, American writer (d. 2008)
  • 1917
    Howard Duff, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1917
    Shabtai Rosenne, British-born Israeli diplomat and jurist (d. 2010)
  • 1919
    David Kossoff, British actor (d. 2005)
  • 1921
    John Lindsay, American politician (d. 2000)
  • 1924
    Victor Grinich, Croatian-American businessman (d. 2000)
  • 1925
    Simon van der Meer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)
  • 1925
    William F. Buckley Jr., American writer (d. 2008)
  • 1926
    Tsung-Dao Lee, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1927
    Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (d. 2003)
  • 1929
    Franciszek Kokot, Polish nephrologist
  • 1930
    Bob Friend, American baseball player
  • 1932
    Fred Titmus, English cricketer (d. 2011)
  • 1934
    Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (d. 1998)
  • 1935
    Ronald Vernie Dellums, U.S. Representative from California
  • 1938
    Charles Starkweather, American Spree Killer (d. 1959)
  • 1938
    Oscar Robertson, American basketball player
  • 1938
    Willy Claes, Belgian politician
  • 1940
    Don Metz, American architect
  • 1940
    Eric Wilson, Canadian children’s author.
  • 1940
    Paul Tagliabue, retired commissioner of the National Football League
  • 1941
    Donald “Duck” Dunn, American musician (Booker T. and the M.G.'s)
  • 1941
    Pete Best, British musician and original drummer for The Beatles.
  • 1942
    Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian
  • 1942
    Marlin Fitzwater, White House Press Secretary
  • 1943
    Dave Bing, seven-time All-Star basketball player and 70th mayor of Detroit
  • 1943
    Robin Williamson, Scottish musician
  • 1944
    Bev Bevan, English rock drummer (The Move, Electric Light Orchestra)
  • 1944
    Dan Glickman, American political, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas and the 26th United States Secretary of Agriculture
  • 1944
    Ibrahim Gambari, Nigerian scholar
  • 1945
    Lee Michaels, American musician and singer
  • 1946
    Penelope Jones Halsall (aka Caroline Courtney, Lydia Hitchcock, Melinda Wright, Annie Groves, Penny Jordan), English novelist
  • 1946
    Ted Bundy, American serial killer (d. 1989)
  • 1947
    Dave Sinclair, English musician (Caravan, Hatfield and the North)
  • 1947
    Dwight Schultz, American actor
  • 1948
    Spider Robinson, science fiction author
  • 1948
    Steve Yeager, baseball player
  • 1949
    Linda Tripp, American political figure
  • 1949
    Shane Bourne, Australian comedian and actor
  • 1950
    Roscoe Born, American actor
  • 1950
    Stanley Livingston, American actor
  • 1951
    Chet Edwards, American politician
  • 1951
    Mimis Androulakis, Greek politician and writer
  • 1952
    Norbert Haug, German motorsport executive (Mercedes Benz)
  • 1952
    Thierry Lhermitte, French comedian and actor
  • 1953
    Glenn Withrow, American actor
  • 1954
    Emir Kusturica, Serbian filmmaker
  • 1955
    Clem Burke, American drummer (Blondie)
  • 1955
    Ian Botham, England test cricketer
  • 1955
    Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Swedish politician
  • 1955
    Takashi Yuasa, Japanese lawyer
  • 1957
    Denise Crosby, American actress
  • 1957
    Edward Stourton, British radio presenter
  • 1958
    Alain Chabat, French actor and director
  • 1958
    Roy Aitken, Scottish former footballer
  • 1959
    Robert Jüttner, German footballer
  • 1960
    Amanda Wyss, American actress
  • 1960
    Edgar Meyer, American bassist and composer
  • 1961
    Arundhati Roy, Indian writer
  • 1961
    Carlos Carnero, Spanish member of parliament
  • 1962
    Ioannis Topalidis, Greek footballer
  • 1962
    John Kovalic, British-born cartoonist
  • 1962
    John Squire, British guitarist (The Stone Roses)
  • 1962
    Tracey Wickham, Australian swimmer
  • 1964
    Brad Sherwood, American comedian
  • 1964
    Garret Dillahunt, American actor
  • 1964
    Tony Rombola, American guitarist (Godsmack)
  • 1965
    Kim Roe-ha, South Korean actor
  • 1965
    Shirley Henderson, Scottish actress
  • 1966
    Russell Watson, British singer
  • 1967
    Cal Eldred, American baseball player
  • 1967
    Henrik Brockmann, Danish heavy metal singer
  • 1968
    Bülent Korkmaz, Turkish footballer
  • 1968
    Todd Beamer, American, acclaimed hero of United Airlines Flight 93 (d. 2001)
  • 1969
    David Adeang, Nauruan politician
  • 1969
    Rob Nicholson, American musician
  • 1970
    Ashley Ward, British footballer
  • 1970
    Doug Brien, American football player
  • 1970
    Julieta Venegas, Mexican singer
  • 1971
    Cosmas Ndeti, three-time Boston Marathon winner
  • 1971
    Keith Primeau, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1974
    Machel Montano, Trinidad & Tobago musician
  • 1974
    Stephen Merchant, British comedian
  • 1974
    Taro Yamamoto, Japanese actor
  • 1975
    Thomas Kohnstamm, American writer
  • 1976
    Chen Lu, Chinese figure skater
  • 1976
    Christian Laflamme, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Dave Aizer, American television host
  • 1977
    Colin Hanks, American actor
  • 1978
    Katherine Heigl, American actress
  • 1979
    Becca Barlow, American guitarist (BarlowGirl)
  • 1979
    Joseba Llorente, Spanish footballer
  • 1980
    Beth Phoenix, American professional wrestler
  • 1982
    Ryan Fitzpatrick, American football player
  • 1982
    Sean O'Loughlin, English rugby league footballer
  • 1983
    Dean Ashton, English footballer
  • 1983
    José López, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1983
    Karine Vanasse, Canadian actress
  • 1983
    Lars Eckert, German rugby player
  • 1983
    Meredith Henderson, Canadian actress
  • 1984
    Maria Riesch, German alpine skier
  • 1985
    Julia Alexandratou, Greek fashion model and singer
  • 1985
    Tony Hunt, American football player
  • 1986
    Mohamed Massaquoi, American football player
  • 1986
    Pedro León, Spanish footballer
  • 1990
    Sarah Hyland, American actress
  • 1993
    Ivi Adamou, Greek-Cypriot singer

Who Died On November 24?

  • 654
    Emperor Kōtoku of Japan (b. 596)
  • 1072
    King Bagrat IV of Georgia (b. 1018)
  • 1265
    Magnus Olafsson, King of Mann and the Isles
  • 1326
    Hugh Despenser the Younger, English nobleman and favourite of Edward II of England (b. abt. 1296)
  • 1468
    Jean de Dunois, French soldier (b. 1402)
  • 1531
    Johannes Oecolampadius, German religious reformer (b. 1482)
  • 1572
    John Knox, Scottish reformer (b. 1510)
  • 1583
    René de Birague, French cardinal and chancellor (b. 1506)
  • 1615
    Sethus Calvisius, German calendar reformer (b. 1556)
  • 1650
    Manuel Cardoso, Portuguese composer (b. 1566)
  • 1722
    Johann Adam Reinken, German organist (b. 1623)
  • 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 Revolution figure (b. 1734)
  • 1793
    Clément Charles François de Laverdy, French statesman (b. 1723)
  • 1801
    Franz Moritz Graf von Lacy, Austrian field marshal (b. 1725)
  • 1807
    Joseph Brant, American Indian tribal leader (b. 1742)
  • 1848
    William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1779)
  • 1870
    Comte de Lautréamont, French writer (b. 1846)
  • 1885
    Nicolás Avellaneda, Argentine president (b. 1837)
  • 1890
    August Belmont, Sr., Prussian-born financier (b. 1816)
  • 1916
    Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, American-born gunsmith (b. 1840)
  • 1920
    Alexandru Macedonski, Romanian writer (b. 1854)
  • 1920
    Lado Aleksi-Meskhishvili, Georgian theatre actor and director (b. 1857)
  • 1922
    Robert Erskine Childers, Irish nationalist (b. 1870)
  • 1929
    Georges Clemenceau, Premier of France (b. 1841)
  • 1943
    Doris Miller, American navy cook (b. 1919)
  • 1948
    Anna Jarvis, American founder of Mother’s Day (b. 1864)
  • 1956
    Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (b. 1920)
  • 1957
    Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (b. 1886)
  • 1958
    Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, British politician, Nobel laureate (b. 1864)
  • 1959
    Dally Messenger, Australian rugby player (b. 1883)
  • 1960
    Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia (b. 1882)
  • 1961
    Ruth Chatterton, American actress (b. 1893)
  • 1963
    Lee Harvey Oswald, American accused assassin of John F. Kennedy (b. 1939)
  • 1963
    Marotrao Kannamwar, Indian politician
  • 1965
    Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1895)
  • 1967
    Louis Fratto, American gangster (b. 1908)
  • 1968
    d.a. levy, Cleveland poet (b. 1942)
  • 1973
    John Neihardt, American writer (b. 1881)
  • 1980
    George Raft, American actor (b. 1895)
  • 1980
    Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (b. 1897)
  • 1980
    Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador (b. 1917)
  • 1985
    Big Joe Turner, American singer (b. 1911)
  • 1987
    Jehane Benoît, French Canadian culinary author (b. 1904)
  • 1990
    Dodie Smith, English novelist and playwright (b. 1896)
  • 1990
    Fred Shero, National Hockey League player and coach (b. 1925)
  • 1990
    Juan Manuel Bordeu, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • 1991
    Eric Carr, American drummer (KISS) (b. 1950)
  • 1991
    Freddie Mercury, Zanzibar-born singer (Queen) (b. 1946)
  • 1993
    Albert Collins, American blues guitarist (b. 1932)
  • 1996
    Sorley MacLean, British poet (b. 1911)
  • 1997
    Monique Andrée Serf, French singer (b. 1930)
  • 1999
    Hilary Minster, British actor (b. 1944)
  • 2001
    Melanie Thornton, American dance/pop singer (b. 1967)
  • 2002
    John Rawls, political philosopher (b. 1921)
  • 2003
    Floquet de Neu, Ecuato Guinean albino gorilla (b. 1964)
  • 2003
    Warren Spahn, American baseball player (b. 1921)
  • 2004
    Arthur Hailey, British-born author (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Wong Jim, Hong Kong songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2005
    Pat Morita, American actor (b. 1932)
  • 2006
    George W. S. Trow, American writer (b. 1943)
  • 2006
    Juice Leskinen, Finnish rock singer (b. 1950)
  • 2006
    Zdeněk Veselovský, Czech zoologist (b. 1938)
  • 2007
    Casey Calvert, American guitarist (Hawthorne Heights) (b. 1981)
  • 2008
    Cecil H. Underwood, American politician (b. 1922)
  • 2008
    Kenny MacLean, Scottish musician (Platinum Blonde) (b. 1956)
  • 2009
    Abe Pollin, American professional sports team owner (b. 1923)
  • 2009
    Chan Hung Lit, Hong Kong actor (b. 1943)
  • 2009
    Samak Sundaravej, Thai politician (b. 1935)
  • 2010
    Huang Hua, Chinese statesman (b. 1913)

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