Today in History - November 24th

  • 1859 - On this day in history, Charles Darwin, a British naturalist, published "On the Origin of Species." It was the paper in which he explained his theory of evolution through the process of natural selection. 
  • 1869 - American Woman's Suffrage Association formed, today in history.
  • 871 - The National Rifle Association was incorporated in the United States.
  • 1940 - The Nazis closed off the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. Over the next three years the population dropped from 350,000 to 70,000 due to starvation, disease and deportations to concentration camps. 
  • 1944 - On this day in history, during World War II, the first raid against the Japanese capital of Tokyo was made by land-based US bombers.
  • 1947 - The "Hollywood 10" were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in their industry. 
  • 1947 - Today in history, John Steinbeck's novel "The Pearl" was published for the first time.
  • 1954 - Air Force One, the first US Presidential airplane, was christened.
  • 1963 - Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald live on national television. 
  • 1966 - On this day in history, 400 die of respiratory failure & heart attack in deadly NYC smog.
  • 1969 - Apollo 12 landed safely in the Pacific Ocean bringing an end to the second manned mission to the moon. 
  • 1987 - The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to scrap short and medium-range missiles. It was the first superpower treaty to eliminate an entire class of nuclear weapons. 
  • 1993 - Today in history, The Brady bill passed establishing 5-day waiting period for handgun sales.

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, November 24th

  • 1874 - Joseph F. Glidden was granted a patent for a barbed fencing material. 
  • 903 - On this day in history, Clyde J. Coleman received the patent for an electric self-starter for an automobile. 

SPORTS - Today in History, November 24th

  • 1996 - Rusty Wallace won the first NASCAR event to be held in Japan. 

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, November 24th

  • 1991 - Today in history, Freddie Mercury of Queen died of AIDS complications at the age of 45. 
  • 1994 - Prince performed "Peach" on the European MTV Awards. He claimed the song was a "cover tune by a good friend." 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - November 24th

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1864 
  • Scott Joplin 1868 
  • Dale Carnegie 1888
  • William F. Buckley, Jr. 1925