To­day in his­tory

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To­day is Sun­day, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2019. There are 37 days left in the year.

On this date in his­tory

On Nov. 24, 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mor­tally wounded Lee Har­vey Oswald, the ac­cused as­sas­sin of Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy, in a scene cap­tured on live tele­vi­sion.

1859 — Bri­tish nat­u­ral­ist Charles Dar­win pub­lished “On the Ori­gin of Species,” which ex­plained his the­ory of evo­lu­tion by means of nat­u­ral se­lec­tion.

1941 — The U.S. Supreme Court, in Ed­wards v. Cal­i­for­nia, unan­i­mously struck down a Cal­i­for­nia law pro­hibit­ing peo­ple from bring­ing im­pov­er­ished non-res­i­dents into the state.

1947 — A group of writ­ers, pro­duc­ers and direc­tors that be­came known as the “Hol­ly­wood Ten” was cited for con­tempt of Congress for re­fus­ing to an­swer ques­tions about al­leged Com­mu­nist in­flu­ence in the movie in­dus­try. John Stein­beck’s novel “The Pearl” was first pub­lished.

1969 — Apollo 12 splashed down safely in the Pa­cific.

1971 — A hi­jacker call­ing him­self “Dan Cooper” (but who be­came pop­u­larly known as “D.B. Cooper”) parachuted from a North­west Ori­ent Air­lines 727 over the Pa­cific North­west after re­ceiv­ing $200,000 in ran­som; his fate re­mains un­known.

1982 — Barack Hus­sein Obama Sr., a Kenyan gov­ern­ment economist and fa­ther of Barack Obama, was killed in an au­to­mo­bile ac­ci­dent in Nairobi; he was 46.

1985 — The hi­jack­ing of an Egyptair jet­liner parked on the ground in Malta ended vi­o­lently as Egyp­tian com­man­dos stormed the plane. Fifty-eight peo­ple died in the raid, in ad­di­tion to two oth­ers killed by the hi­jack­ers.

1987 — The United States and the Soviet Union agreed on terms to scrap shorter- and medium-range mis­siles. (The In­ter­me­di­ate-Range Nu­clear Forces Treaty was signed by Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev the fol­low­ing month.)

1991 — Rock singer Fred­die Mer­cury died in Lon­don at age 45 of AIDS-re­lated pneu­mo­nia.

1995 — Vot­ers in Ire­land nar­rowly ap­proved a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment le­gal­iz­ing di­vorce.

2000 — The U-S Supreme Court stepped into the bit­ter, over­time strug­gle for the White House, agree­ing to con­sider Ge­orge W. Bush’s ap­peal against the hand re­count­ing of bal­lots in Florida.

2017 — Mil­i­tants at­tacked a crowded mosque in Egypt with gun­fire and rocket-pro­pelled grenades, killing more than 300 peo­ple in the dead­li­est-ever at­tack by Is­lamic ex­trem­ists in the coun­try.

Ten years ago — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama played host at the first state din­ner of his presidency to vis­it­ing In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh, an event marred by two gatecrashe­rs, Tareq and Michaele Salahi. Ken­tucky of­fi­cials said cen­sus worker Bill Spark­man, found bound and hang­ing from a tree with the word “fed” scrawled across his chest, had in fact com­mit­ted sui­cide.

Five years ago — Un­der pres­sure from Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, De­fense Sec­re­tary Chuck Hagel submitted his res­ig­na­tion amid White House con­cerns about his ef­fec­tive­ness and broader crit­i­cism from out­side about the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Mid­dle East cri­sis man­age­ment. It was an­nounced that a grand jury in St. Louis County, Mis­souri, had de­cided against in­dict­ing Fer­gu­son po­lice of­fi­cer Dar­ren Wil­son in the death of Michael Brown; the de­ci­sion en­raged pro­test­ers who set fire to build­ings and cars and looted busi­nesses in the area where Brown had been fa­tally shot.

One year ago — French po­lice fired tear gas and wa­ter can­nons to dis­perse vi­o­lent demon­stra­tors in Paris as thousands gath­ered to vent anger against ris­ing fuel taxes.

To­day’s birthdays Bas­ket­ball Hall of Famer Os­car Robert­son is 81. Coun­try singer Johnny Carver is 79. For­mer NFL Com­mis­sioner Paul Tagli­abue is 79. Rock drum­mer Pete Best is 78. Ac­tor-co­me­dian Billy Con­nolly is 77. For­mer White House press sec­re­tary Mar­lin Fitzwa­ter is 77. For­mer con­gress­man and Mo­tion Pic­ture As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica Chair­man Dan Glick­man is 75. Singer Lee Michaels is 74. Ac­tor Dwight Schultz is 72. Ac­tor Stan­ley Liv­ingston is 69. Rock mu­si­cian Clem Burke (Blondie; The Ro­man­tics) is 65. Record pro­ducer Terry Lewis is 63. Ac­tor/di­rec­tor Ruben San­ti­ago-Hud­son is 63. Ac­tress Denise Crosby is 62. Ac­tress Shae D’Lyn is 57. Rock mu­si­cian John Squire (The Stone Roses) is 57. Rock mu­si­cian Gary Ston­adge (Big Au­dio) is 57. Ac­tor Con­leth Hill is 55. Ac­tor-co­me­dian Brad Sher­wood is 55. Ac­tor Gar­ret Dil­lahunt is 55. Ac­tor-co­me­dian Scott Krin­sky is 51. Rock mu­si­cian Chad Tay­lor (Live) is 49. Ac­tress Lola Glau­dini is 48. Ac­tress Danielle Ni­co­let is 46. Ac­tor-writer-di­rec­tor-pro­ducer Stephen Mer­chant is 45. Olympic bronze medal fig­ure skater Chen Lu is 43. Ac­tor Colin Hanks is 42. Ac­tress Kather­ine Heigl is 41. Ac­tress Sarah Hyland is 29.

Thought for to­day

“There is a great deal of dif­fer­ence in be­liev­ing some­thing still, and be­liev­ing it again.” — W.H. Au­den, Bri­tish poet (1907-1973).

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