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Today In History

November 24th

1863 Union Gen. U.S. Grant launched the U.S. Civil War battle of Chattanooga in Tennessee.
1869 Women from 21 states met in Cleveland to organize the American Women Suffrage Association.
1874 Joseph Glidden received a patent for barbed wire, which made the farming of the Great Plains possible.
1963 Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was fatally shot by nightclub owner Jack Ruby in a Dallas jail building two days after Kennedy was slain.
1971 A passenger ticketed as "D.B. Cooper" hijacked a Northwest Airlines flight from Portland, Ore., to Seattle, and parachuted south of Seattle with a $200,000 ransom collected from the airline. He reportedly was never heard from again.
1985 Arab commandos forced an Egypt Air jetliner to Malta and began shooting passengers, fatally wounding two. Fifty-seven other people died when Egyptian commandos stormed the jet.
1989 Czech reform politician Alexander Dubcek made his first public appearance in Prague since the Soviet invasion of 1968.
1993 The Brady bill handgun-control legislation cleared Congress. U.S. President Bill Clinton signed it into law on Nov. 30, 1993.
1995 Irish voters passed a referendum removing the constitutional ban on divorce.
2002 Suspected Islamic terrorists stormed a famous Hindu temple in Kashmir, India, killing seven people and wounding 30 others.
2003 Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn, the winningest left-hander in major league baseball history, died at the age of 82.
2004 Brazilian energy officials said the South American country will begin enriching uranium with the full consent of the United Nations.
2005 A suicide car bomber struck at an Iraqi hospital where U.S. soldiers were giving away toys, killing at least 31 people, mostly women and children. Nearly two dozen others died in further violence during the day in Iraq.
2006 A car bomb killed at least 22 people in Talafar, Iraq, running the death toll in a 24-hour rash of Baghdad bombings to 202.
2007 A brigade of 5,000 U.S. troops left Diyala Province, considered the first significant pullback of American troops from Iraq, the U.S. military said.
2007 Kevin Rudd took over as Australian prime minister, defeating John Howard who was seeking a fifth term after 11 years in office.


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