ON THIS DAY: November 24, 2017

November 24th is

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

Horse Welfare Day *

National Sardines Day

Eat a Sandwich Day *

Native American Heritage Day *


MORE! Charles Darwin, Scott Joplin and Anna Sewell, click



Canada – Winnipeg MB:
Grey Cup Festival

Czech Republic – Brno:
Apokalypsa Festival

Portugal – Lisboa:
Mexefest 2017

Turks and Caicos Islands –
Day of Thanksgiving

United Kingdom – London:
Mindful Drinking Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

380 – Theodosius I makes his adventus (formal entry) into Constaninople as Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire

1429 – By order of Charles VII, Jeanne d’Arc begins the unsuccessful siege of La
Charité, in bad weather, with troops that are underequipped and poorly supplied

1632 –Baruch Spinoza born, important Dutch philosopher, usually counted as a Rationalist; best known for his monumental work, Ethics

1642 – Abel Tasman becomes the first European to reach the island Van Diemen’s Land (later renamed Tasmania)

1690 – Charles Theodore Pachelbel born, German composer, who moved to the American colonies. Becoming a noted musical figure in Charleston, SC as the organist of St. Philip’s Church, and a concert organizer; his father was composer Johann Pachelbel

1713 – Laurence Sterne born in Ireland, British author of Tristram Shandy

1713 – Junipero Serra, Spanish Franciscan missionary in Mexico and California

Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the first mission built in California

1762 – Eat a Sandwich Day * – first written record of the word ‘sandwich’ in Edward Gibbons’ Journal: ‘I dined at the Cocoa Tree….supping at little tables….upon a bit of cold meat, or a Sandwich.’ –

1835 – The Texas Provincial Government authorizes the creation of a horse-mounted police force called the Texas Rangers (now Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety)

1849 – Frances Hodgson Burnett born, English-American children’s author; A Little Princess,  The Secret Garden


1853 – ‘Bat’ (William) Masterson is born in Canada, Dodge City lawman, gambler, army scout, buffalo hunter, and journalist

1859 – Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species

1859 – Cass Gilbert born, American architect, designer of skyscrapers, museums, libraries, and the U.S. Supreme Court building

1864 – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec born, French painter and illustrator

1867 – Scott Joplin born, American Ragtime pianist and composer

1874 – Joseph F. Glidden patents barbed wire for fencing

1877 – Horse Welfare Day *- Anna Sewell’s novel Black Beauty is published, which prompts animal welfare reform movements in the U.K. and U.S.A.

1886 – Margaret C. Anderson born, American founder, publisher and editor of The Little Review, an art and literary magazine, noted for introducing the works of Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot in the U.S., and publishing the first thirteen chapters of James Joyce’s then-unpublished novel, Ulysses

1888 – Dale Carnegie born, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People

1903 – Clyde J. Coleman patents an electric self-starter for an automobile

1914 – Bessie Blount Griffin born, American physical therapist, inventor, and forensic scientist; created an apparatus during WWII to help amputees feed themselves, which led to her invention in 1951 of an electronic feeding device; as a forensic scientist, she worked for law enforcement in Norfolk VA, then became the chief document examiner for the Portsmouth VA police. In 1977, she trained in England at Scotland Yard, then became the first African-American woman to work there. In the 1990s, she was an independent consultant, studying slave papers and Civil War documents as well as verifying the authenticity of documents containing Native American-U.S. treaties, before retiring at age 83

1917 – 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

1922 – Nine Irish Republican Army members are executed by an Irish Free State firing squad. Among them is the author of The Riddle of the Sands, Erskine Childers, who had been arrested for illegally carrying a revolver

1932 – In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (aka the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens

1947 – John Steinbeck’s novel The Pearl is published

1947 – A group of writers, producers and directors that become known as the “Hollywood 10” are cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in the movie industry

1949 –Sally Davies born, British physician and haematologist, expert on sickle cell disease; Chief Medical Officer of England since 2010 (the most senior doctor in the English Civil Service, equivalent to Permanent Secretary)

1950 – The musical Guys and Dolls opens on Broadway

1952 – Parveen Shakir born, Urdu poet and Pakistani civil servant; published six collections of poetry, often using the Urdu first-person, feminine pronoun in her verses which, though common in prose, was rarely used in poetry, even by female poets, before her; recipient of Pakistan’s distinguished Pride of Performance award for outstanding contributions to literature in 1976; killed in a car accident in 1994

1954 – Margaret Wetherell born, prominent British academic in the field of discourse analysis; co-author of Discourse and Social Psychology: Beyond Attitudes and Behaviour (1987)

1962 – The first broadcast of influential British satirical television programme That Was the Week That Was

1963 – In the first live, televised murder, Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President  Kennedy, is murdered two days after the assassination, by Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters

1965 – Joseph-Désiré Mobutu seizes power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, declares himself President and rules the country (which he renames Zaire in 1971) for over 30 years, until being overthrown by rebels in 1997

1966 – Donovan’s “Mellow Yellow” is released

1969 – NASA’s Apollo 12 command module splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to land on the Moon

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

1974 – 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

1983 – The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) releases six Israeli prisoners in exchange for the release of 4,500 Palestinians and Lebanese held by the Israelis.

1987 – The U.S. and the Soviet Union agree to scrap short- and medium-range missiles, first superpower treaty to eliminate an entire class of nuclear weapons

1989 – Czechoslovakia’s hard-line party leadership resigned after more than a week of protests against its policies

1995 – Irish voters narrowly approve constitutional amendment legalizing divorce

2008 – The first Native American Heritage Day * supported by 184 recognized tribes, annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving, designated by act of Congress, and signed into law by President George W. Bush

2010 – A jury in Austin convicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002; his three-year sentence was overturned on appeal by the Texas Court of Appeals, and he was formally acquitted; and the State of Texas appeal to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals failed, and his acquittal was upheld

2013 – Iran signs an interim agreement with the P5+1 countries, limiting its nuclear program in exchange for reduced sanctions


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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1 Response to ON THIS DAY: November 24, 2017

  1. For all the folks who had to spend Thanksgiving with insufferable relatives, it could have been far, far, worse. John Schindler tells the story of Thanksgiving 1944 in a French woodland.

    Remembering Thanksgiving in Hell

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