Today in History – 24 November

November 24 is the 328th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 37 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about November 24th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about November 24th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – November 24

2012: Fire breaks out in a clothing factory in Dhaka

Over 110 people were killed and about 200 people were injured at the Tazreen Fashion factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The tragedy brought to light poor working conditions of workers who made export clothing in Bangladesh. It also led to major labor reforms in the country and in the fashion world, which promised to take steps to ethically source their products.

1971: Hijacking of Northwest Orient Airline 305

Considered to be one of the only unsolved hijacking cases in American history, a man named DB Cooper or Dan Cooper hijacked the Seattle, Washington bound plane. After his demands of $ 200,000 in cash and parachutes were fulfilled at the Seattle airport, he released the passengers, refueled the airplane and asked to be flown to Mexico. On the way, however, he used a parachute to escape from the plane. Cooper has never been identified or caught.

1963: Lee Harvey Oswald shot

Oswald had assassinated John F. Kennedy, the 35th American president, two days prior to being shot by Jack Ruby while being transported by the police. The murder was broadcasted live on TV.

1877: Black Beauty is published

The classic novel about the life of a horse called Black Beauty was written by English author Anna Sewell. The book quickly gained popularity and became an important part in the animal rights movement. It was Sewell’s only published work.

1859: Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species published

One of the most influential books of all times, On the Origin of Species, put forth the theory of evolution and described the process of natural selection.

Mugshot of Jack Leon Ruby – Dallas nightclub owner who fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald (the man charged with assassinating U.S. President John F. Kennedy) – November 24, 1963

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, November 24

1978: Katherine Heigl, American actress, producer

1961: Arundhati Roy, Indian author, activist

1946: Ted Bundy, American serial killer

1867: Scott Joplin, American pianist, composer

1632: Baruch Spinoza, Dutch philosopher

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, November 24

1991: Freddie Mercury, Tanzanian/English singer-songwriter, producer

1963: Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of John F. Kennedy

1920: Alexandru Macedonski, Romanian author, poet

1572: John Knox, Scottish clergyman

1265: Magnus Olafsson, Manx king

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