November 24 Today in History

Today’s Historical Events

380 Theodosius I makes his adventus, or first 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 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)

1859 English naturalist Charles Darwin publishes “On the Origin of Species” radically changing the view of evolution and laying the foundation for evolutionary biology

1950 UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas

1954 France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria

1974 Most complete early human skeleton (Lucy, Australopithecus) discovered by Donald Johanson, Maurice Taieb, Yves Coppens and Tim White in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression [1] [2]

Today’s Historical Events

380 Theodosius I makes his adventus, or first formal entry, into Constantinople

496 Anastasius II succeeds Gelasius I as Catholic Pope

642 Theodore I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1105 Rabbi Nathan ben Yehiel of Rome completes Talmudic dictionary

1221 Battle of the Indus: Genghis Khan‘s Mongol force defeats Shah Jalal ad-Din’s army, last battle in Mongolian conquest of Khwarezmian Empire

1434 River Thames in London freezes over

1542 Battle of Solway Moss: English beat Scottish King James V

1587 Battle at Auneau: Henri de Guise wins

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV


1933 Fred Astaire‘s 1st film, “Dancing Lady”, released

1936 Noël Coward‘s anthology “Tonight at 8:30” premieres in NYC, runs for 118 performances

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

1948 “Bicycle Thieves”, Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica, starring himself and Cesare Zavattini, is released (Honorary Academy Award 1950)

1948 WAVE TV channel 3 in Louisville, Kentucky (NBC) begins broadcasting

1966 The cult classic “One Million Years B.C.”, starring Raquel Welch, is released 1st in West Germany

1979 “Salem’s Lot”, American two-part miniseries based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, concludes in the United States

1985 NBC miniseries “Mussolini: The Untold Story” starring George C. Scott premieres in the US

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1800 Weber’s opera “Das Waldmadchen” premieres in Freiburg

1950 “Guys & Dolls” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1200 performances

1951 “17” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 180 performances

1951 “Music in the Air” closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 56 performances

1956 Richard Adler and Jerry Ross’ musical “The Pajama Game” closes at St James Theater, NYC, after 1063 performances, and a Tony Award for Best Musical

1964 British rock band begins a 22-week Tuesday night residency at the influential Marquee Club in London, England

1966 The Beatles began recording sessions for their album “Sgt.Pepper’s lonely hearts Club Band”

1975 “Boccaccio” opens at Edison Theater NYC for 7 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1897 Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston

1934 CFL Grey Cup: Sarnia Imperials win their first Championship with a 20-12 win over Regina Roughriders

1938 National Semi-Pro Basketball Congress authorizes yellow basketball

1949 Syracuse Nationals beat Anderson Packers, 125-123 in 5 OTs

1951 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders claim their 4th Championship with 21-14 win over Saskatchewan Roughriders

1953 Los Angeles Dodgers sign Walter Alston to a 1-year pact as manager for 1954; signs 23 one year agreements until 1976

1956 Americans go 1-2 in the men’s 100m final at the Melbourne Olympics; Bobby Morrow and Thane Baker both record hand-timed 10.50s but automatic timing gives gold medal to Morrow

1956 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos make it 3rd consecutive Championships; defeat Montreal Alouettes for 3rd straight year, 50-27

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