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History Events on November 24

A national speed limit is imposed on the Autobahn in Germany because of the 1973 oil crisis. The speed limit lasts only four months.


In Milwaukee, nine members of the Milwaukee Police Department are killed by a bomb, the most deaths in a single event in U.S. police history until the September 11 attacks in 2001.


Peter I of Cyprus
Peter I of Cyprus ascends the throne of Cyprus after his father, Hugh IV of Cyprus, abdicates.


South Carolina
South Carolina passes the Ordinance of Nullification, declaring that the Tariffs of 1832 and 1838 were null and void in the state, beginning the Nullification Crisis.


Mobutu Sese Seko
Joseph-Désiré Mobutu seizes power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and becomes President; he rules the country (which he renames Zaire in 1971) for over 30 years, until being overthrown by rebels in 1997.


Russian Air Force
A Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet is shot down by the Turkish Air Force over the Syria–Turkey border, killing one of the two pilots; a Russian marine is also killed during a subsequent rescue effort.


World War II
World War II: The First Slovak Republic becomes a signatory to the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers.


Anna Sewell
Anna Sewell's animal welfare novel Black Beauty is published.


Conrad of Montferrat
Conrad of Montferrat becomes King of Jerusalem upon his marriage to Isabella I of Jerusalem.


Iran signs an interim agreement with the P5+1 countries, limiting its nuclear program in exchange for reduced sanctions.


Abel Tasman
Abel Tasman becomes the first European to discover the island Van Diemen's Land (later renamed Tasmania).


Donald Johanson
Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed "Lucy" (after The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"), in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Depression.


1976 Çald?ran-Muradiye earthquake
The Çald?ran-Muradiye earthquake in eastern Turkey kills between 4,000 and 5,000 people.


Irish Republican Army
Nine Irish Republican Army members are executed by an Irish Free State firing squad. Among them is author Erskine Childers, who had been arrested for illegally carrying a revolver.


TABSO Flight 101
Bulgarian TABSO Flight 101 crashes near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, killing all 82 people on board.


Cold War
Cold War: The West Berlin branch of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany forms a separate party, the Socialist Unity Party of West Berlin.


Senegalese Socialist Party
The Senegalese Socialist Party holds its second congress.


Battle of Solway Moss
Battle of Solway Moss: An English army defeats a much larger Scottish force near the River Esk in Dumfries and Galloway.


Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species.


Federal Bureau of Investigation
In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.


China Southern Airlines Flight 3943
China Southern Airlines Flight 3943 crashes on approach to Guilin Qifengling Airport in Guilin, China, killing all 141 people on board.


2015 Tunis bombing
An explosion on a bus carrying Tunisian Presidential Guard personnel in Tunisia's capital Tunis leaves at least 14 people dead.


The government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army sign a revised peace deal, bringing an end to the country's more than 50-year-long civil war.


Theodosius I
Theodosius I makes his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople.


Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is killed by Jack Ruby.


Battle of Makin
World War II: At the battle of Makin the USS Liscome Bay is torpedoed near Tarawa and sinks, killing 650 men.


American Civil War
American Civil War: Battle of Lookout Mountain: Near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant capture Lookout Mountain and begin to break the Confederate siege of the city led by General Braxton Bragg.


World War II: The United States grants Lend-Lease to the Free French Forces.


Washington (state)
During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (aka D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He has never been found.


G?sawa massacre
G?sawa massacre: At an assembly of Piast dukes at G?sawa, Polish Prince Leszek the White, Duke Henry the Bearded and others are attacked by assassins while bathing.


Mont Granier
An overnight landslide on the north side of Mont Granier, one of the largest historical rockslope failures ever recorded in Europe, destroys five villages.


That Was the Week That Was
The influential British satirical television programme That Was the Week That Was is first broadcast.


Hundred Years' War
Hundred Years' War: Joan of Arc unsuccessfully besieges La Charité.


Apollo program
Apollo program: The Apollo 12 command module splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to land on the Moon.


Tarabai, regent of the Maratha Empire, imprisons Rajaram II for refusing to remove Balaji Baji Rao from the post of peshwa.


A terrorist attack on a hotel in Al-Arish, Egypt, kills at least seven people and injures 12 others.
A fire at a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, kills at least 112 people.
World War II: The 73rd Bombardment Wing launches the first attack on Tokyo from the Northern Mariana Islands.
A 13-6 victory by the Massillon Tigers over their rivals, the Canton Bulldogs, for the "Ohio League" Championship, leads to accusations that the championship series was fixed and results in the first major scandal in professional American football.
Danish troops defeat a Schleswig-Holstein force in the town of Lottorf, Schleswig-Holstein.
The Texas Provincial Government authorizes the creation of a horse-mounted police force called the Texas Rangers (which is now the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety).