Today's History Trivia for November 24
1971 D.B. Cooper The bandit hijacks a 727 jet and asks for $200,000 ransom and four parachutes. After receiving the ransom demands he parachuted out of the plane with the money and was never heard from again. In 1980 an eight-year-old boy found three packets of the ransom cash on the Columbia River about 9 miles (14 km) downstream from Vancouver, Washington.
1963 Kennedy Assassination Lee Harvey Oswald is shot and mortally wounded by Jack Ruby as he was being led through the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters. Oswald had shot and killed U.S. President John F. Kennedy two days earlier.
1953 McCarthyism Sen. Joseph McCarthy, on a radio and TV broadcast, claims the former Truman administration was crawling with communists.
1874 Joseph Glidden patents his barbed wire.
1865 The Black Codes are established in Mississippi: They composed of discriminatory laws against the newly freed blacks.
1831 The principle of electromagnetic induction is demonstrated by English scientist Michael Faraday to a group of scientists.
1642 Tasmania The island is discovered, by Dutch navigator Abel Janszoon Tasman.
Today's Birthdays for November 24
American musician. Survivor of "The Day the Music Died". He was touring with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson when he lost a coin toss with Valens for a seat on the plane. The plane crashed, killing Valens, Holly, Richardson, and the pilot. Allsup was originally one of the five people reported dead in the crash. Holly had Allsup's wallet on him at the time of the crash because Holly agreed to retrieve Allsup's mail at the post office.
1955 Clem Burke (Clement Anthony Bozewski), American Grammy-winning Hall of Fame drummer with Blondie. Music: Heart of Glass (1979, #1), Call Me (1980, #1), and Rapture (1981, #1).
1950 Stanley Livingston American actor. TV: My Three Sons (Chip Douglas).
1946 Ted Bundy d. 1989 American serial killer. Convicted of two Florida sorority house murders, he was executed in the state prison's electric chair.
William F. Buckley Jr
American journalist, founder of National Review magazine (1955) and host of TV's Firing Line (1966-99).
1912 Garson Kanin d. 1999 American director, playwright. Broadway: Born Yesterday (1946, film versions 1950, 1993). He was married to actress Ruth Gordon.
1910 Pegeen Fitzgerald d. 1989 (Margaret Worrall), American radio personality. "First Lady of Radio Chatter." She and her husband Ed hosted their radio program for 42 years. During the ’40s, at $160,000 a year, they were the highest-paid couple in radio.
1888 Dale Carnegie d. 1955 American author. Writings: How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936).
1877 Alben William Barkley d. 1956 35th U.S. Vice-President (1949-53).
1868 Scott Joplin d. 1917 American musician, composer, rag time piano player. Music: Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer.
1856 Harry Thurston Peck d. 1914 American educator, magazine editor, coined the word "Bestseller" (1895).
1849 Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett d. 1924 English-born American novelist. Writings: Little Lord Fauntleroy (1886) and The Secret Garden (1911).
1818 William Woods Holden d. 1892 American politician, governor of North Carolina (1865, 1868-71), first U.S. governor to be removed from office by impeachment (1871). Although before the Civil War he favored expanding slavery, after the war his attempts to control the Ku Klux Klan using military force lead to his impeachment.
1784 Zachary Taylor d. 1850 12th U.S. President (1849-50), and father-in-law of Confederate Pres. Jefferson Davis. He died in office making Vice-Pres. Millard Fillmore president.
Deaths for November 24
1963 Lee Harvey Oswald b. 1939 American assassin. Shot and killed U.S. Pres. Kennedy from the Texas School Book depository where he worked (1963). Oswald was shot and killed by night-club operator Jack Ruby.
2016 Florence Henderson b. 1934 American singer, actress. TV: The Brady Bunch (1969-74, Mrs. Brady).
2005 Pat Morita b. 1932 (Noriyuki Morita), American actor. He was billed as the Hip Nip for his stand-up performances. Film: Karate Kid (1984, Sensei Kesuke Miyagi), for which he was the first Asian-American nominated for an acting Oscar. TV: Happy Days (Arnold).
2004 Arthur Hailey b. 1920 British-born author. Writings: Hotel (1965) and Airport (1968).
2003 Warren Spahn b. 1921 American Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, Cy Young winner (1957). He was the winningest left-handed pitcher, with 363 wins.
1991 Freddie Mercury b. 1946 (Frederick Bulsara), musician. Lead singer of Queen, known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. He died of AIDS.
1980 George Raft b. 1895 American actor. Film: Scarface (1932, Guido Rinaldo). He was reputed to be the world's fastest Charleston dancer.
1890 August Belmont b. 1816 Sr., Chairman Democratic National Committee (1860-72). He established the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of the Triple Crown series of American thoroughbred horse racing.
1742 Andrew Bradford b. 1686 English-born American publisher. He published the first magazine in America (1741, American Magazine).