Saturday, November 24, 2007

Today in History November 24

* 1499, pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck is hanged for reportedly
attempting to escape from the Tower of London. He had invaded England in
1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV of England

* 1654, French mathematician, scientist, and religious philosopher
Blaise Pascal experiences an intense mystical vision that marks him for
life

* 1765, Frederick County, Md., became the first colonial entity to
repudiate the British Stamp Act

* 1876, corrupt Tammany Hall leader William Marcy Tweed (better known
as Boss Tweed) is delivered to authorities in New York City after being
captured in Spain

* 1889, the first jukebox goes into operation at the Palais Royale
Saloon in San Francisco

* 1945, most U.S. wartime rationing of foods, including meat and butter,
was set to expire by day's end

* 1954, for the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes
above the peak it reached just before the 1929 crash

* 1963, President Johnson proclaimed November 25th a day of national
mourning following the assassination of John F. Kennedy

* 1971, the representatives of the People's Republic of China first
attended the United Nations, including the United Nations Security
Council, as China's representatives

* 1980, a series of earthquakes in southern Italy kills approximately
4,800 people

* 1984, Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie throws a game-winning
48-yard Hail Mary pass to Gerard Phelan to defeat the University of
Miami Hurricanes 47-45. It is one of the most famous plays in American
college football history

* 2006, former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko died in London from
radiation poisoning after making a deathbed statement blaming Russian
President Vladimir Putin

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