24 NOVEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Baruch Spinoza, 1632
  • Father Junipero Serra, 1713
  • Laurence Sterne, 1713
  • Zachary Taylor, 1784
  • Lilli Lehmann, 1848
  • Bat Masterson, 1853
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864
  • Scott Joplin, 1868
  • Dale Carnegie, 1888
  • Cathleen Nesbitt, 1889
  • Charles 'Lucky' Luciano, 1897
  • Dick Powell, 1904
  • Teddy Wilson, 1912
  • Garson Kanin, 1912
  • Geraldine Fitzgerald, 1914
  • Howard Duff, 1917
  • John V. Lindsay, 1921
  • William F. Buckley, 1925
  • Marvin Kitman, 1929
  • Marlin Fitzwater, 1942
  • Billy Connolly, 1942

Died On This Day:

  • Queen Isabella Castile & Leon, 1504
  • John Knox, 1572
  • Georges Clemenceau, 1929
  • Lee Harvey Oswald shot, 1963
  • George Raft, 1980
  • Dodie Smith, 1990
  • Freddie Mercury AIDS, 1991
  • Warren Spahn, 2003
  • Arthur Hailey, 2004
  • Pat Morita, 2005
  • Hector 'Macho' Camacho murdered, 2012
  • Ricky Jay, 2018

Today's Events:

  • 1621 - Pilgrims begin celebrating 3 day Thanksgiving; 6 women cook for 56 settlers & 91 Indian guests.
  • 1639 - The transit of Venus first observed by Jeremiah Harrocks.
  • 1642 - Dutch navigator Abel Tasman discovers Tasmania, naming it Van Diemen's Land after Dutch governor.
  • 1793 - The republican calendar adopted in France.
  • 1859 - Darwin publishes 'Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection;' 1,250 first run sold out.
  • 1871 - National Rifle Association (NRA) incorporated.
  • 1874 - Patent for barbed wire received by inventor Joseph Farwell Glidden of De Kalb, Ill.
  • 1950 - 'Guys and Dolls' starts 1,200 performance run in N.Y.
  • 1963 - World's first televised murder-Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • 1971 - D.B. Cooper skyjacks Northwest Airlines plane and parachutes out over Washington with $200,000.
  • 1997 - New British Library opens at St. Pancras, eight years late.
  • 2017 - Terrorists bomb Sufi Mosque in Bir al-Abed, Egypt northeast of Cairo; 305 dead and 128 wounded in deadliest attack in Egypt's history.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Chrysogonus
  • Colman of Cloyne
  • Flora and Mary
  • John of the Cross

Holiday:

  • National holiday in Zaire

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • THANKSGIVING DAY (U.S.) last Thursday of November.
  • TUNG CHICH, Feast of the Winter Solstice in China (sometime during the eleventh moon on the shortest day of the year)
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • TUNG CHICH, Feast of the Winter Solstice in China (sometime during the eleventh moon on the shortest day of the year)
  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • HANUKKA also spelled CHANUKAH (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • ELEPHANT ROUNDUP AT SURIN, THAILAND celebrated third Sunday in November
  • ON-MATSURI, Yamato region harvest festival in Nara, Japan
  • CHICHIBU NO YO-MATSURI, Kabuki and fireworks in Japan

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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