November 24 in history


On November 24:

1429  Joan of Arc unsuccessfully besieged La Charité.

1642  Abel Tasman became the first European to discover the island Van Diemen’s Land (later renamed Tasmania).

1663 map of Van Diemen’s Land, showing the parts discovered by Tasman.
1690  Charles Theodore Pachelbel, German composer, was born.
1806 William Webb Ellis, who is credited with the invention of Rugby, was born.
1815 Grace Darling, English heroine, was born.
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1849  Frances Hodgson Burnett, British-born author, was born.
1864  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter, was born.
1868 Scott Joplin, Ragtime Composer, was born.
1888  Dale Carnegie, American writer, was born.
1894 Herbert Sutcliffe, English cricketer, was born.
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1897  Lucky Luciano, American gangster, was born.
1942 Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian, was born.
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1944  Bev Bevan, English rock drummer (The Move, Electric Light Orchestra), was born.
1946  Penelope Jones Halsall (aka Caroline Courtney, Lydia Hitchcock, Melinda Wright, Annie Groves, Penny Jordan), English novelist, was born.
1955  Ian Botham, England test cricketer, was born.

1959 All hands were lost when the modern coastal freighter Holmglen foundered off the South Canterbury coast.

1961 Arundhati Roy, Indian writer, was born.

1965  Joseph Désiré Mobutu seized power in the Congo and became President.

1969 The Apollo 12 command module splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to the Moon.

1974 Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discovered 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.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

November 14 in history


On November 14:

1805  Fanny Mendelssohn, German composer and pianist, was born.

1840  Claude Monet, French painter, was born.

1878  Julie Manet, French painter, was born.


1889 Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She completed the trip in seventy-two days.

1908  Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, was born.

1918 Czechoslovakia beccame a republic.

Flag Coat of arms


1919  Veronica Lake, American actress, was born.

1922 The BBC began radio service.

1927 Bart Cummings, Australian race horse trainer, was born.

1935  King Hussein of Jordan was born.

1947 P. J. O’Rourke, American writer, was born.

1948  Prince Charles  was born.

1952 The first regular UK singles chart was published by the New Musical Express.


1954 – Condoleezza Rice, former United States Secretary of State, was born.

1959  Paul McGann, British actor, was born.

1969 NASA launched Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the Moon.

1971 Adam Gilchrist, Australian cricketer, was born.

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1973 DPB legislation was introduced in New Zealand.

1973  Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips, in Westminster Abbey.

2007 The last direct-current electrical distribution system in the United States is shut down in New York City by Con Edison.


Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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