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On November 24th, 1963, Jack
shot and mortally wounded Lee
Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President
Kennedy, in a scene captured on live television.
On this date:
In 1784, Zachary Taylor, the 12th
president of the United States, was born in
Orange County, Virginia.
In 1859, British
naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the
Origin of Species," which explained his
theory of evolution.
In 1863, the Civil
War battle for Lookout Mountain began in
Tennessee; Union forces took the mountain two
In 1871, the
National Rifle Association was incorporated.
In 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.
In 1947, John
Steinbeck's novel "The Pearl" was first
"Apollo 12" splashed down safely in the
In 1971, hijacker
"D.B. Cooper" parachuted from a
Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with
$200,000 in ransom -- his fate remains unknown.
In 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.
In 1987, the
United States and the Soviet Union agreed to
scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles.
Ten years ago:
President Bush returned home from an eight-day
tour of Europe and the Middle East, during which
he'd lobbied foreign leaders on behalf of his
Persian Gulf policy.
Five years ago:
Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic promised
during a televised address to accept a
U-S-brokered peace plan. Voters in Ireland
narrowly approved a constitutional amendment
One year ago: 280
people were killed when a ferry caught fire and
foundered off the coast of eastern China's
nothing, and only false gods are laughed off
their earthly pedestals."
-- Agnes Repplier,
American essayist (1858-1950).