November 24 in Pop Culture History
1639 – First observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree – helped establish the size of our Solar System.
1859 – Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. A first printing sells for around $100,000 today.
1874 – The patent (#157,124) for barbed wire was issued to Joseph F. Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois.
1877 – Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty is published.
1896 – The first US absentee voting law (voting via mail) was enacted by Vermont.
1903 – The patent (#745,157) for an automobile electric self-starter was issued to Clyde J. Coleman of New York City. Prior to that, they were hand-cranked.
1950 – Storm of the Century – A snowstorm, took shape on this date before paralyzing the northeastern United States and the Appalachians the next day, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. 353 people died as a result of the storm.
1950 – Guys and Dolls (Broadway Musical) Opened on November 24, 1950 and Closed: November 28, 1953
1954 – Air Force One, the first US Presidential airplane, was christened. It was the third of three C-121 Constellation airplanes, the “Columbine III.” A
1953 An incident where Eisenhower’s aircraft was “Air Force 8610” and an Eastern Airlines plane was “Eastern 8610” were in the air together created the need to devise a unique call sign.
1962 – The influential British satirical television program That Was the Week That Was was first broadcast.
1963 – Two days after the assassination of President John F Kennedy and murder of police officer J.D. Tippit, Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby, live on television while Oswald was being transferred to a county jail. Not what you’d expect to see on a Sunday morning. This was the first live murder on American Television.
1964 – For first time since 1800, residents of Washington, DC were permitted to vote.
1971 – Dan “DB” Cooper parachuted from a Northwest AL 727 with $200,000 in ransom money, somewhere over the Cascade Mountains, possibly over Woodland, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest area. He was never heard from again.
1973 – #1 Hit November 24, 1973 – November 30, 1973: Ringo Starr – Photograph
1979 – #1 Hit November 24, 1979 – December 7, 1979: Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
1982 – Orioles’ Cal Ripken was named AL Rookie of Year. In his career he compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695 runs batted in. From May 30, 1982 to September 19, 1998, he played 2632 consecutive games, another MLB record.
1988 – Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiered on KYMA, in Minneapolis, Minnesota
2012 – Gangnam Style became the most viewed youtube video surpassing 808 million views. As of late 2018, it was over 3.2 billion views.
2013 – Iran signed an interim agreement with the P5+1 countries, led by Barack Obama and the United States, limiting its nuclear program in exchange for reduced sanctions.