Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Today in History

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Today in History

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TODAY is Thursday, November 24, the 328th day of 2011. There are 37 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1572 Co Death of Scottish Protestant reformer John Knox, founder of Scottish Presbyterianism.

1639 Co Transit of Venus (its passage across the Sun's disc) is first observed by astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks.

1642 Co Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sights south-west coast of what is now Tasmania, and names the island Van Diemen's Land.

1859 Co British naturalist Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species, explaining his theory of evolution.

1867 - Barbed wire is patented by American Joseph F Glidden.

1959 Co Death of Australian rugby league great Dally Messenger.

1963 Co Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of US President John F Kennedy, is shot dead by Jack Ruby in Dallas, Texas.

1969 Co Apollo 12 splashes down safely in the Pacific, ending the second manned mission to the moon.

1974 Co US President Gerald Ford and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev reach tentative agreement to limit number of offensive strategic nuclear weapons. …

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