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24 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


24 November: In a year, the 24th of November is the 328th day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 329th day of the year.

What special day is today? This day has its distinctiveness and importance in history.

Let’s explore people who have carved a niche for themselves on 24th November. We may also need to scan through the events that happened today.

24 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 24 November

Art & Artists

  • 1877 Publication of Black Beauty, a best-seller novel by Anna Sewel was published shortly before her death.
  • 1962 Beginning of the broadcast of the very popular That Was the Week That Was, a British satirical television program.

Science & Technology

  • 1859Publication of On the Origin of Species by the great scientist Charles Darwin.
  • 1874 The first trade-wise successful barbed wire was patented by Joseph Farwell Glidden, the noted American inventor.

Leaders & Politics

  • 1943 The USS Liscome Bay sank near Tarawa when it was attacked by a torpedo at the battle of Makin (World War II). The incident killed 650 men.
  • 1989 A mass protest known as the Velvet Revolution resulted in the resignation of Miloš Jakeš and all the Politburo members of the Czechoslovak Communist Party resigned from the office which led to an end to Communist rule in the country.

People & Society

  • 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald who killed (assassinated) John F. Kennedy; President of the USA was killed by an American nightclub owner Jack Ruby.
  • 1971 When a ruthless thunderstorm was hitting the sky of Washington State, Dan Cooper (as he called himself) aka D. B. Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient Airlines plane dropped from using a parachute and holding $200,000 in ransom money. Thereafter, nobody knew where he was.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

  • 1966 TABSO Flight 101, a Bulgarian flight crashed near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, which killed approximately 82 people.
  • 1976 An earthquake was experienced in Caldiran (Muradiye, Turkey). It caused the destruction of 80% of the houses and a death toll of between 4,000 and 5,000 people.

Discoveries & Explorations

  • 1642  Abel Janszoon Tasman, the Dutch seafarer, and the first European explorer to discover Tasmania (the then “island Van Diemen’s Land”).

Leisure & Sports

  • 1974 Richard Petty won the 24th NASCAR Sprint Cup.
  • 1989 Sachin Tendulkar set a world record when he got his first fifty in a Test Cricket at the age of only 16 years 214 days.

Birth Anniversaries (24 November)

  • 1946 Ted Bundy (American serial killer)
  • 1961 Arundhati Roy (Indian writer and activist, recipient of the Booker Prize)
  • 1978 Katherine Heigl (American actress)

Death Anniversaries (24 November)

  • 1675 Guru Tegh Bahadur (Indian guru)
  • 2015 Heinz Oberhummer (Austrian physicist, astronomer, and academic)
  • 2019 Goo Hara (singer cum actress from South Korea)

What Special Day is Today: (24 November)

  • Teachers’ Day (Turkey)
  • Evolution Day (International observance)
  • Lachit Divas (Assam, India)


The factual story of the day (24 November) covers the entire globe and a lot of well-known personalities.

The day has remained a silent observer of what happened on this day in history.

Providing our readers with authentic facts and figures, for each day, is what boosts us here.

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