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List of November 24th Major News Events

  1. 1963: Lee Harvey Oswald is shot to death by Jack Ruby
  2. 1991 England -- Freddie Mercury
  3. 1950 Great Appalachian November Storm
  4. 1974 Ethiopia -- Lucy (Australopithecus) Found
  5. 1997 New York Stock Exchange Circuit Breaker
  6. 1993 U.S.A. -- Brady Bill

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1963 U.S.A. -- Lee Harvey Oswald

1963: Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is shot to death by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner.

1991 England -- Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury the lead singer for the rock group Queen has died aged 45, just one day after he publicly announced he was HIV positive.


U.S.A. -- Prohibition

1925: Goldie Adkins, a former prohibition officer, pleaded guilty of selling moonshine (illegal booze). Mr. Adkin's brother also pleaded guilty. Further consideration was to be made regarding sentencing and further arrests were scheduled to be made.

1933 England -- George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw showed his admiration for Hitler. What Shaw most admired about him was his "expression of intense resentment". Shaw was a part of the Fabian society, a British socialist movement. He was also partially responsible for the Labour Party, which represented the working class people. Later on in life, Shaw was noted to having regretted supporting the Hitler movement.

1944 World War II -- Advance to the Rhine

1944: It was another busy battle day for Word War II troops. French and American forces had advanced to the Rhine River east of Strasbourg, France. Shortly after, 40,000 German troops were captured. It was also that a fleet of B-29s had blasted Tokyo the same day. A large area, excluding the imperial palace as well as certain shrines and temples, were hit hard.

1944 World War II -- Tokyo Bombed

Following on from a bombing campaign on Japanese military targets in Iwo Jima, 111 U.S. B-29 Super fortress bombers raid Tokyo for the first time .

1950 U.S.A. -- Great Appalachian November Storm

1950 : The Great Appalachian Storm of November 1950 begins on the 24th and lasted until November 30th and was a cyclone which moved through the Eastern United States, causing strong winds, Blizzard conditions and heavy rain east of the Appalachians. Power was out to more than 1,000,000 customers during this storm which affected 22 US states, killing 353.

1953 U.S.A. -- Russia

The United States did not think very highly of Russia's peace plan proposals. In fact, the U.S. was pleading with the United Nations at this time to have every bit of it "scratched" and thrown away. Moreover, Chief Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. said current resolutions on the books are adequate. Chief Lodge, Jr. wanted Russia to just stop disregarding them immediately.

1960 Haiti -- Catholic Archbishop

The Roman Catholic Archbishop Francois Poirier was forced out of Haiti. He had only one dollar to his name that he borrowed and no luggage. He was the highest official of the Haitian Catholic church, and had allegedly given $7,000 to students involved in Communist schemes. Police and guards arrested him and brought him to the airport, and quickly booked him a flight to Miami. Poirier denied all charges against him

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Pete Best

Born: 24th November 1941 Madras, British India

Known For : One of the original Beatles, he joined The Beatles on 12 August 1960 as the groups drummer and went with the Beatles to play in Hamburg clubs. Following an audition organised by the groups manager Brian Epstein for George Martin ( Parlophone ) where he liked the group but did not like Best's drumming style Epstein dismissed Best from the group just over two years after he joined the band on August 16 1962. Richard Starkey, known as Ringo Starr was bought in to replace him as drummer. It should be noted that the line up of The Beatles while touring Hamburg was Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best. Sutcliffe decided to leave the Beatles and enroll at the Hamburg College of Art shortly after the tour ended and George Harrison was bought in to replace him. The changes in that short period created the groups final line up Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

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Ted Bundy

Born: 24th November 1946 Theodore Robert Cowell, Burlington, Vermont, US

Died: January 24th, 1989 Florida State Prison by Execution in the Electric Chair

Known For : American serial killer who is believed to have brutally murdered between 30 and 50 women between 1974 -- 1978. He was caught in 1979 and found guilty and sentenced to "death by a current of electricity, that current be passed through your body until you are dead".

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Zachary Taylor

Born: November 24, 1784, Barboursville, Virginia

Died: July 9, 1850, Washington, D.C.

Known For : Zachary Taylor served for 16 months from 1849 to 1850 as the President of the United States. He had one of the shortest tenures in office after dying from a digestive illness. He was replaced by his Vice President Millard Fillmore.

1963 U.S.A. -- Vietnam

Lyndon B. Johnson, confirms the US will continue to provide military and economic support to South Vietnam.

1969 U.S.A. -- Apollo 12

1969 : The Apollo 12 spacecraft returns to Earth , splashing down in the Pacific Ocean

1971 U.S.A. -- Hijack and Fly

1971: A man hijacked a 727 plane , threatening to blow up the jet unless he received $200,000 and four parachutes. It is believed the hijacker, known as D.B. Cooper, jumped from the plane somewhere over the state of Washington and he nor the money was ever seen again .

1973 Middle East -- Oil Companies

A massive move was planned on the part of international oil companies. They planned to reward Pro-Arab countries and punish Pro-Israeli countries, using oil as an incentive. This decision was being considered during a time of great conflict between Egypt and Syria. Plans for Arab-Israeli cease-fire were currently in the works, but not yet carried out. It was suspected at this time that it would be quite awhile before fighting would stop.

1974 Ethiopia -- Lucy (Australopithecus) Found

An international team of scientists working in northeastern Ethiopia has found the partial skeleton of a three-million-year-old hominid that it claims is the most complete early man discovery ever made in Africa, the skeleton is better known and referred to as Lucy.

1983 Turkey -- New Parliament

A new parliamentary staff was elected. The end of what was supposed to be military rule for three years had also taken place. The members of this new governmental structure took various oaths. For instance, they vowed to protect Turkey's new independence, new constitution, human rights, and so on.

1983 Luxembourg -- Soccer Hooliganism

British soccer fans continue their poor behavior which has made them the worst "fans" in soccer as they go on a rampage in Luxembourg after a European Championship match. Find Out More About More History Of The Game Of Soccer including origins, growth, and the modern game.

1985 Malta -- Hijacking

1985: Hijackers who had hijacked an EgyptAir passenger jet forcing it land in Luqa Airport, Malta, the aircraft is currently under siege.

1993 U.S.A. -- Brady Bill

A new bill was passed by the United States Congress called the Brady Bill. It was intended to control the use of handguns, by administering stricter regulations regarding obtaining one. This was a measure taken to help control unnecessary violence.

1997 U.S.A. -- New York Stock Exchange Circuit Breaker

1997 : In response to a 554.26 point free fall, New York Stock Exchange officials invoked the "circuit breaker" rule and put a halt to trading. Traders complained bitterly so later in November the rules were changed so that only when Dow Jones industrial average dropped by at least 10 or 20 percent would the circuit breaker be used. It must be remembered that 554.26 as a percentage of the Dow Jones industrial was considerably less than 10% .

From 1970s Fun History Quiz Page

Question 14

14. The Walt Disney World Resort opened in Florida in what year?

Question 15

15. During the 1972 Summer Olympics in what city were 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Arab gunmen?

Question 16

16. In what year did the United States return the Panama Canal to Panama?

1999 China -- Ships Sinking

The Dashun a ferry transporting passengers from the port city of Yantai in China's Shandong province to Dalian, near Korea, catches fire during a severe thunderstorm and sinks in the Yellow Sea off the coast of China, killing most of the passengers and crew on board, believed to be over 350 in total .

2001 Afghanistan -- Taliban

The Taliban was crumbling in North Afghanistan at this time. They were expected to surrender soon. The Taliban was a group of guerrilla terrorists connected to events leading to the bombing of the World Trade Center and Pentagon buildings on September 11th, 2001.

2005 England -- Longer Pub Hours

The continued deregulation of British licencing laws has it's final say with 24 hour opening times now allowed after new licensing laws came in force at midnight. Pubs, clubs and supermarkets must still apply for 24 hour licences to sell alcohol.

2006 Argentina -- Blind Soccer World Cup

The football World Cup for the Blind has started in Argentina, with eight nations competing for the cup. The hosts and current champions have been joined by seven qualifiers: Brazil, Paraguay, England, Spain, France, Japan, and South Korea. The normal rules of football are adapted for the blind version of the game, with the teams being five-a-side. The ball has small pieces of metal in them so that the players can hear it, and coaches shout instructions from the sidelines. The crowd is expected to keep its support quiet. Find Out More on our History of Soccer Page

2007 Russia -- Garry Kasparov arrested

Police seize around two hundred people in St. Petersburg when protesters started chanting "Russia without Putin". Leaders of the liberal Union of Right Forces (SPS) party, including its presidential candidate Boris Nemtsov, were among those being held. Mr. Kasparov ( The Former World Chess Champion ) was arrested when two thousand people had attended an anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow on Saturday. He was imprisoned for five days for organising an "unsanctioned" rally.

2008 United States -- The President-elect names his Treasury team

2008: Responding to what he has described as "an economic crisis of historic proportions," President-elect Barack Obama announces key members of his economic team, which will include Timothy Geithner as secretary of the treasury. He has also asked former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers to head the National Economic Council, Christina Romer to chair the Council of Economic Advisors and Melody Barnes to serve as director of the Domestic Policy Council.

2011 American Samoa -- Worst Soccer Team Gets First Win

The America Samoa soccer team got its first win in its history against Tonga. The team was ranked as the worst international team in the world and had lost thirty straight games in almost twenty years. The team also held the record for the worst defeat with a 31-0 loss against Australia.

2012 South Korea -- Gangnam Style Becomes Most Viewed Video

The song "Gangnam Style" by South Korean artist Psy has become YouTube's most viewed video of all time. Psy's music video beat out Justin Bieber's "Baby" for the top spot.

2013 Iran -- Iran Deal Over Nuclear Activity

2013 : Iran came to a temporary deal over their nuclear activity with the United States during talks in Geneva. Iran agreed to stop some of its nuclear activity in exchange for over seven billion dollars in sanction relief for six months. They also agreed to take those six months to come up with a more permanent deal.

From 1940s Music and Hits Page

1940 - In The Mood - Glenn Miller (-) Maybe - The Ink Spots (-) Only Forever - Bing Crosby (-)

1941 - Maria Elena - Jimmy Dorsey (-) God Bless the Child - Billie Holiday (-) Take The ‘A’ Train - Duke Ellington (-)

1942 - White Christmas - Bing Crosby (-) Jingle, Jangle, Jingle - Kay Kyser (-) Stormy Weather - Lena Horne (-)

1943 - You’ll Never Know - Dick Haymes (-) Paper Doll - The Mills Brothers (-) Ration Blues - Louis Jordan (-) As Time Goes By - Vera Lynn (-) If I Had My Way - Kate Smith,

1944 - I’ll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore (-) This Land is Your Land - Woody Guthrie (-) Swinging On a Star - Bing Crosby (-)

1945 - Till The End of Time - Perry Como (-) Sentimental Journey - Les Brown (-) Rum & Coca Cola - The Andrews Sisters (-) Chickery Chick - Sammy Kaye (-) Lover Man - Billie Holiday,

1946 - Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra (-) To Each His Own - The Ink Spots (-) Route 66 - Nat King Cole (-)

1947 - Open The Door, Richard! - Count Basie (-) Heartaches - Ted Weems (-) Ballerina - Vaughn Monroe (-)

1948 - Buttons & Bows - Dinah Shore (-) Nature Boy - Nat King Cole (-) It’s Magic - Doris Day (-) My Happiness - Ella Fitzgerald

1949 - La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf (-) Mule Train - Frankie Laine (-) Riders in the Sky - Vaughn Monroe (-) Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams