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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

This Day In History: November 24


1784: Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States, was born in Orange County, Va.

1859: British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution.

1863: The battle of Lookout Mountain began.

1871: The National Rifle Association was incorporated.

1947: A group of writers, producers and directors that became known as the "Hollywood 10" was cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in the movie industry.

1950: The musical "Guys and Dolls" opened on Broadway.

1969: Apollo 12 returned to Earth after the second manned mission to the moon.

1971: Hijacker D.B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with $200,000 in ransom. His fate remains unknown.

1987: The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles in the first superpower treaty to eliminate an entire class of nuclear weapons.

1989: Czechoslovakia's hard-line party leadership resigned after more than a week of protests against its policies.

2000: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider George W. Bush's appeal against the hand recounting of presidential ballots in Florida.

2003: A jury in Virginia Beach, Va., sentenced John Allen Muhammad to death for the Washington-area sniper shootings. (Muhammad was executed in 2009.)


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