Once Upon A Time – November 24 – 1874  – American Inventor Joseph Glidden Patents Barbed Wire

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]

Historical Events Today

Today In Film & Tv

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

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

Today In Music

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

Today In Sport

1989 Sachin Tendulkar scores a Test Cricket fifty aged 16 years 214 days, a record

1874 American inventor Joseph Glidden patents barbed wire

1971 American “Dan Cooper” hijacks plane, extorts $200,000 ransom before jumping out of plane over Washington State, never seen again

Famous Weddings

1190 Isabella of Jerusalem marries Conrad of Montferrat at Acre, making him de jure King

1928 Actor John Barrymore (46) marries third wife silent screen actress Dolores Costello (25) (divorced 1935)

1979 Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (57) weds photographer Jill Krementz (39)

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