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11/24/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - November 24

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Today in History in 1896 the first US absentee voting law was enacted by Vermont; and in 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK's assassinator two days earlier was shot dead by nightclub owner Jack Ruby live on TV.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 380 - Theodosius I makes his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople.
  • 1639 - 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree - helped establish size of the Solar System
  • 1642 - Abel Janzoon Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)
  • 1859 - Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species"
  • 1896 - 1st US absentee voting law enacted by Vermont
  • 1916 - Mexican and US representatives sign a protocol at Atlantic City, under which Pershing's troops will withdraw and each nation's army will guard the border. President Carranza of Mexico will refuse to accept it
  • 1932 - In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
  • 1947 - The US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities finds "Hollywood 10" in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were communists
  • 1950 - UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas
  • 1954 - France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1784 - Zachary Taylor, Barboursville Virginia, 12th President (Mar 5, 1849-July 9, 1850)
  • 1806 - William Webb Ellis, credited with the invention of Rugby (d. 1872)
  • 1868 - Scott Joplin, Texas, US ragtime entertainer and composer (The Entertainer)
  • 1925 - William F. Buckley Jr, New York, American conservative author and commentator (National Review, Firing Line)
  • 1978 - Katherine Heigl, Washington, D.C., actress (Grey's Anatomy)

Famous Weddings

  • 1190 - Isabella of Jerusalem marries Conrad of Montferrat at Acre, making him de jure King.
  • 1979 - Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (57) weds photographer Jill Krementz (39)
  • 1980 - Ronald Reagan Jr marries Doria Palmieri
  • 1984 - MLB pitcher Roger Clemens (22) weds Debra Lynn Godfrey
  • 2000 - Actor, screenwriter and director Jon Favreau (34) weds physician Joya Tillem (30) in Sonoma, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1976 - Singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1807 - Joseph Brant [Thayendanegea], Mohawk leader, dies at 64
  • 1957 - Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, dies at 70
  • 1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK's assassinator 2 days earlier, shot dead by nightclub owner Jack Ruby live on TV
  • 2004 - Arthur Hailey, British-born author (b. 1920)
  • 2005 - Pat Morita, American actor (Happy Days, Karate Kid) dies aged 73

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