Daily Calendar for November 24th, 2019

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1630s

  • 1639: The transit of Venus was first observed

1700s

  • 1703: Justus Falckner became the first Lutheran pastor ordained in America (Philadelphia)

1780s

  • Born 1784: Zachary Taylor (12th U.S. president)

1840s

  • Born 1849: Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (novelist)

1850s

  • 1859: Charles Darwin's controversial Origin of Species published

1860s

  • 1863: First national Thanksgiving celebration

  • Born 1864: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (artist)

  • Born 1868: Scott Joplin (pianist, "King of Ragtime")

1870s

  • 1874: Joseph Glidden granted patent for barbed wire fencing

1880s

  • Born 1888: Cathleen Nesbitt (actress)

1890s

  • 1890: Cape Breton Railway opened, Nova Scotia

1910s

  • Born 1912: Garson Kanin (playwright)

1930s

  • 1930: Ruth Nichols became the first woman to fly a transcontinental flight

1940s

  • Born 1948: Steve Yeager (baseball player)

1960s

  • 1963: Lee Harvey Oswald, accused by Dallas police of assassinating President Kennedy, was shot and killed by Jack Ruby in the basement of the Dallas municipal building while in police custody

  • Died 1963: Lee Harvey Oswald (suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy)

  • Born 1964: Brad Sherwood (comedian)

1970s

  • Born 1977: Colin Hanks (actor)

  • Born 1978: Katherine Heigl (actress)

1980s

  • 1984: 239-lb. yellowfin tuna caught off Catalina Island, California

1990s

  • Died 1991: Freddie Mercury (musician)

2000s

  • Died 2002: John Rawls (leading figure in political philosophy and legal theory)

  • Died 2003: Warren Spahn (baseball player whose career spanned 21 seasons. He won 363 games, a record for a left-handed pitcher)

  • Died 2005: Pat Morita (actor)

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