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This Day in History: November 24

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1978
Katherine Heigl
American actress
1946
Ted Bundy
American serial killer
1925
William F. Buckley, Jr.
American editor
1864
1784
Zachary Taylor
president of United States

More Events On This Day

2001
Turkey
The Grand National Assembly of Turkey ratified changes to the country's legal code that made women equal to men before the law and no longer subject to their husbands. Take our quiz about Turkish and Ottoman history
1998
Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II, speaking at the annual ceremonies opening the British Parliament, announced that the right of hereditary peers to vote in the House of Lords would end, though compromise legislation later allowed 92 hereditary peers to remain in the Lords. Test your knowledge of English royalty
Bill Ingalls/Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA
1971
D.B. Cooper
A man later known as D.B. Cooper hijacked a plane shortly after departing from Portland, Oregon, and later parachuted out of the aircraft with the ransom money; despite an extensive manhunt, he was never identified or caught. Test your knowledge of criminality and famous outlaws
FBI
1963
Jack Ruby
Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Read our list of nine infamous assassins and the world leaders they dispatched
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1947
Dalton Trumbo; Hollywood Ten
The Hollywood Ten, a group of motion-picture producers, directors, and screenwriters who appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee in October 1947, were found in contempt of Congress. Sort fact from fiction in our quiz about film
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1877
Black Beauty
Shortly before her death, Anna Sewell published her only novel,Black Beauty, the first major animal story in children's literature. How much do you know about children's authors?
James Jenkins–Visual Arts/Alamy
1874
barbed wire
American inventor Joseph Farwell Glidden patented the first commercially successful barbed wire. Read our list of inventors and inventions of the Industrial Revolution
Courtesy of Jesse S. James, Maywood, Calif.
1859
Charles Darwin: On the Origin of Species
Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was published. Take our famous faces of science quiz
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. LC-USZ62-95224)
1832
nullification controversy cartoon
A special state convention in South Carolina adopted the Ordinance of Nullification, which declared two federal tariffs null and void within the state; it sparked the nullification crisis, which ended in favour of the federal government. Test your knowledge of American history and politics
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
1700
Louis XIV
Louis XIV of France proclaimed his grandson Philip to be king of Spain, beginning the War of the Spanish Succession. Take our quiz about kings and queens
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1531
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The second Peace of Kappel brought an end to the Kappel Wars during the Swiss Reformation. Sort fact from fiction in our European history quiz