November 24 in Pop Culture History

November 24 History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

November 24 History Highlights

  • Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859.
  • 1877 – Black Beauty by Anna Sewell was published.
  • 1963 – Jack Ruby shot and killed President Kennedy’s suspected assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.
    It was the first live murder shown on American television.
  • 1971 – D.B. Cooper hijacking took place over Oregon/Washington, USA.
  • If you were born on November 24th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… March 2nd (same year)

November 24 is…

Brownielocks Day (Brunettes Pride Day)
Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
International Day of the Bible
National Sardines Day
National Use Even if the Seal is Broken Day

November 24 Birthday Quotes

“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
– Charles Darwin

“When I’m dead twenty-five years, people are going to begin to recognize me.”
– Scott Joplin

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
– Dale Carnegie

“My hope for humanity – and I think sensible science fiction has a beneficial influence in this direction – is that one day everyone born will be whole in body and brain, will live a long life free from physical and emotional pain, will participate in a fulfilling way in their contribution to the existence, will enjoy true love and friendship, will pity us 20th-century barbarians who lived and died in an atrocious, anachronistic atmosphere of arson, rape, robbery, kidnapping, child abuse, insanity, murder, terrorism, war, smog, pollution, starvation and the other negative ‘norms’ of our current civilization. I have devoted my life to amassing over a quarter-million pieces of SF and fantasy as a present to posterity and I hope to be remembered as an altruist who would have been an accepted citizen of Utopia.”
– Forrest J. Ackerman

“A grief shared is half a grief.
A joy shared is twice a joy.”
– Candy Darling

D.B. Cooper

A dark-haired man named “Dan Cooper” and used cash to buy a one-way ticket to Seattle. He used the cash to buy a ticket for Flight 305, which was to fly to Seattle, Washington.

Before take-off, the mystery man gave a flight attendant a note claiming to have a bomb and demanding $200,000 and parachutes. The FBI says he handed her the note that said the bomb was able to open a briefcase that showed a mass of wires and red sticks before it took off. Several crew members allegedly exchanged each of the 36 passengers for $200,000 in cash and four parachutes when the flight landed in Seattle.

For decades, officials and unofficial investigators have been baffled by D.B. Cooper’s disappearance and the mystery surrounding his disappearance. Although the FBI dropped the case in 2016, theories about Cooper’s identity continue to swirl. Several FBI agents have concluded over the years that he probably did not survive the jump off the plane.

The $5,880 loot was found in the Columbian River in 1980, and Principia Media investigators face the challenge of accepting the story of how he got the ransom and buried it on a sandbank on the Columbia River north of Portland. In the 1980s, a boy digging a bonfire pit in the Tena Bar discovered crumbling $20 bills whose serial numbers were traced to D.B. Cooper.

Air Force One

The call sign was created after an incident in 1953 when an aircraft carrying President Dwight D. Eisenhower boarded a commercial airline flight using the same call sign. Air Force One was introduced after an air traffic controller mistook Eastern 610 for the president’s Air Force 610.

November 24 Birthdays

1784 – Zachary Taylor, American general and politician, 12th President of the United States (died in 1850)
1864 – Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, French artist (died in 1901)
1868 – Scott Joplin, American pianist, and composer (died in 1917)
1876 – Walter Burley Griffin, American architect, and urban planner, designed Australia’s Canberra (died in 1937)
1888 – Dale Carnegie, American author, and educator (died in 1955)
1897 – Lucky Luciano, Italian-American, alleged mob boss (died in 1962)
1916 – Forrest J Ackerman, American soldier and Pop Culture author (died in 2008)
1924 – Eileen Barton, American singer (died in 2006)
1925 – William F. Buckley, Jr., American publisher, and author, founded the National Review (died in 2008)
1941 – Pete Best, Indian-English drummer and songwriter
1941 – Donald “Duck” Dunn, American bass player, songwriter, and producer (died in 2012)
1942 – Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian, and actor
1944 – Candy Darling, American model, and actress (died in 1974)
1946 – Ted Bundy, American serial killer (died in 1989)
1947 – Dwight Schultz, American actor (The A-Team, Star Trek TNG)
1957 – Denise Crosby, American actress (Star Trek TNG)
1964 – Brad Sherwood, American actor, and game show host
1977 – Colin Hanks, American actor
1978 – Katherine Heigl, American actress, and producer
1990 – Sarah Hyland, American actress (Modern Family)

November 24 History

1639 – First observation of the transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree – helped establish the size of our Solar System.

1859 – Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. A first printing sells for around $100,000 today.

1874 – The patent (#157,124) for barbed wire was issued to Joseph F. Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois.

1877 – Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty was published.

1896 – The first US absentee voting law (voting via mail) was enacted by Vermont.

1903 – The patent (#745,157) for an automobile electric self-starter was issued to Clyde J. Coleman of New York City. Prior to that, they were hand-cranked.

1932 – The FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opened.

1950 – Broadway Show – Guys and Dolls (Musical) November 24, 1950

1950 – Storm of the Century – A snowstorm, took shape on this date before paralyzing the northeastern United States and the Appalachians the next day, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. 353 people died as a result of the storm.

1954 – Air Force One, the first US Presidential airplane, was christened. It was the third of three C-121 Constellation airplanes, the “Columbine III.” A

1953 – An incident where Eisenhower’s aircraft was “Air Force 8610” and an Eastern Airlines plane was “Eastern 8610” created the need to devise a unique call sign.

1962 – The influential British satirical television program That Was the Week That Was was first broadcast.

1964 – For the first time since 1800, residents of Washington, DC were permitted to vote.

1971 – Dan “DB” Cooper parachuted from a Northwest AL 727 with $200,000 in ransom money, somewhere over the Cascade Mountains, possibly over Woodland, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest area. He was never heard from again.

1973 – #1 Hit November 24, 1973 – November 30, 1973: Ringo Starr – Photograph

1979 – #1 Hit November 24, 1979 – December 7, 1979: Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

1982 – Orioles’ Cal Ripken was named AL Rookie of Year. In his career, he compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695 runs batted in. From May 30, 1982, to September 19, 1998, he played 2632 consecutive games, another MLB record.

1988 – Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiered on KYMA, in Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 24, 1999 – All the Way… A Decade of Song starring Celine Dion aired on CBS

2012 – Gangnam Style became the most viewed youtube video surpassing 808 million views. As of late 2016, it was over 2.6 billion views.

2013 – Iran signed an interim agreement with the P5+1 countries, led by Barak Obama and the United States, limiting its nuclear program in exchange for reduced sanctions.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The 3 films to win the most Oscars are Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King (2003) with 11 Oscars each.

Gorbachev’s Glasnost reforms uncovered so many cover-ups about events in the Soviet Union that all school history exams in 1988 were canceled.

US President #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) FDR was elected four terms. After that, they changed the rules so a President can only be President for two terms.

The world would be a much better place if everyone had SpongeBob’s work ethic, Sandy’s thirst for knowledge/intelligence, Larry’s workout regiment, Plankton’s perseverance, and Mr. Krabs’ business abilities.

The Capital of Comoros is Moroni

Point Nemo, an area in the southern Pacific Ocean 2,400 mi southeast of Wellington, is also a Spacecraft Cemetery. A total of more than 263 spacecraft were disposed of in this area between 1971 and 2016.

“E.T. phone home.” – E.T. (Pat Welsh) in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982

Whenever Aladdin lies, you’ll notice the feather on his turban falls in his face in the Disney animated film.

Listening to classical music while you study can improve memory retention and reduce stress, known as the “Mozart effect”.

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