GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, November 24, the 328th day of 2014 with 37 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:45 and sunset is @ 4:16. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1642 – Dutch navigator Abel Tasman discovered Van Diemen’s Land which he named after
his captain; later it was renamed Tasmania.
1859 – British naturalist Charles Darwin published “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” which explained his groundbreaking theory of evolution.
1874 – Joseph Glidden received a patent for barbed wire.
1947 – A group of writers, producers, and directors that became known as the “Hollywood Ten” was cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in the movie industry.
1963 – Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in the Dallas police station in a scene captured on live television.
1969 – Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the Moon, successfully returned toEarth.
1971 – Hijacker D.B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washingtonstate with $200,000 in ransom. He was never found.
1977 – Greece announced the discovery of the tomb of King Philip II, father ofAlexander the Great.
1979 – The United States government admitted that thousands of troops in Vietnamwere exposed to the toxic Agent Orange.
1987 – The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles.
1993 – The U.S. Congress passed the Brady handgun-control bill.
1998 – America Online announced that it would buy Netscape Communications for $10 billion.
2001 – Taliban soldiers surrendered their last stronghold in northern Afghanistan, the city of Kunduz.
2003 – A jury in Virginia Beach, Virginia, sentenced John Allen Muhammad to death for the series of Washington-area sniper shootings.