Today In History – 24 November

Important Events

380 Theodosius I makes his adventus, or first formal entry, into Constantinople

1639 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree – helped establish size of the Solar System

1642 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania)

1859 English naturalist Charles Darwin publishes “On the Origin of Species” radically changing the view of evolution and laying the foundation for evolutionary biology

1950 UN troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas

1954 France sends 20,000 soldiers to Algeria

Today In Film & TV

1947 The US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities finds “Hollywood 10” in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were communists

Today In Music

1950 “Guys & Dolls” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 1200 performances

Today In Sports

1989 Sachin Tendulkar scores a Test Cricket fifty aged 16 years 214 days, a record

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