What Happened On This Day – November 24
2012 Fire breaks out in a clothing factory in Dhaka
Over 110 people were killed and about 200 people were injured at the Tazreen Fashion factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The tragedy brought to light poor working conditions of workers who made export clothing in Bangladesh. It also led to major labor reforms in the country and in the fashion world, which promised to take steps to ethically source their products.
1971 Hijacking of Northwest Orient Airline 305
Considered to be one of the only unsolved hijacking cases in American history, a man named DB Cooper or Dan Cooper hijacked the Seattle, Washington bound plane. After his demands of $ 200,000 in cash and parachutes were fulfilled at the Seattle airport, he released the passengers, refueled the airplane and asked to be flown to Mexico. On the way, however, he used a parachute to escape from the plane. Cooper has never been identified or caught.
1963 Lee Harvey Oswald shot
Oswald had assassinated John F. Kennedy, the 35th American president, two days prior to being shot by Jack Ruby while being transported by the police. The murder was broadcasted live on TV.
1877 Black Beauty is published
The classic novel about the life of a horse called Black Beauty was written by English author Anna Sewell. The book quickly gained popularity and became an important part in the animal rights movement. It was Sewell’s only published work.
1859 Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species published
One of the most influential books of all times, On the Origin of Species, put forth the theory of evolution and described the process of natural selection.
Births On This Day,
1978 Katherine Heigl
American actress, producer
1961 Arundhati Roy
Indian author, activist
1946 Ted Bundy
American serial killer
1867 Scott Joplin
American pianist, composer
1632 Baruch Spinoza
Deaths On This Day,
1991 Freddie Mercury
Tanzanian/English singer-songwriter, producer
1963 Lee Harvey Oswald
American assassin of John F. Kennedy
1920 Alexandru Macedonski
Romanian author, poet
1572 John Knox
1265 Magnus Olafsson