November 24th

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.
2012 Dhaka fire
2010
A jury in Austin convicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, on charges he'd illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. (DeLay is appealing a three-year prison sentence.).
Tom DeLay
1991
Rock singer Freddie Mercury of Queen died at age 45 of pneumonia brought on by AIDS.
Freddie Mercury
1989
Czechoslovakia's hard-line party leadership resigned after more than a week of protests against its policies.
Velvet Revolution
1987
The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles in the first superpower treaty to eliminate an entire class of nuclear weapons.
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
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.
D. B. Cooper
1969
Apollo 12 returned to Earth after the second manned mission to the moon.
Apollo 12
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.
Lee Harvey Oswald
1954
France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria.
Algerian War
1950
UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas.
Battle of Inchon
1947
A group of writers, producers and directors that became known as the "Hollywood 10" was cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in the movie industry.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
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.
Black Beauty
1874
Joseph Farwell Glidden patented barbed wire.
Joseph Glidden
1871
The National Rifle Association was incorporated.
National Rifle Association
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.
On the Origin of Species
1784
Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States, was born in Orange County, Va.
Zachary Taylor
1642
Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania).
Abel Tasman
1639
1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree - helped establish size of the Solar System.
Transit of Venus, 1639
380
Theodosius I makes his adventus, or first formal entry, into Constantinople.
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