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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

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.

ON THIS DATE

1859

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

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.

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.

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