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    This Day in History: November 24

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    1978
    Katherine Heigl
    American actress
    1946
    Ted Bundy
    American serial killer
    1925
    William F. Buckley, Jr.
    American editor
    1864
    1784
    Zachary Taylor
    president of United States

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    2001
    Turkey
    The Grand National Assembly of Turkey ratified changes to the country's legal code that made women equal to men before the law and no longer subject to their husbands. Take our quiz about Turkish and Ottoman history
    1998
    Elizabeth II
    Queen Elizabeth II, speaking at the annual ceremonies opening the British Parliament, announced that the right of hereditary peers to vote in the House of Lords would end, though compromise legislation later allowed 92 hereditary peers to remain in the Lords. Test your knowledge of English royalty
    Bill Ingalls/Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA
    1971
    D.B. Cooper
    A man later known as D.B. Cooper hijacked a plane shortly after departing from Portland, Oregon, and later parachuted out of the aircraft with the ransom money; despite an extensive manhunt, he was never identified or caught. Test your knowledge of criminality and famous outlaws
    FBI
    1963
    Jack Ruby
    Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Read our list of nine infamous assassins and the world leaders they dispatched
    ? Ferd Kaufman—AP/REX/Shutterstock.com
    1947
    Dalton Trumbo; Hollywood Ten
    The Hollywood Ten, a group of motion-picture producers, directors, and screenwriters who appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee in October 1947, were found in contempt of Congress. Sort fact from fiction in our quiz about film
    Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com
    1877
    Black Beauty
    Shortly before her death, Anna Sewell published her only novel,Black Beauty, the first major animal story in children's literature. How much do you know about children's authors?
    James Jenkins–Visual Arts/Alamy
    1874
    barbed wire
    American inventor Joseph Farwell Glidden patented the first commercially successful barbed wire. Read our list of inventors and inventions of the Industrial Revolution
    Courtesy of Jesse S. James, Maywood, Calif.
    1859
    Charles Darwin: On the Origin of Species
    Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was published. Take our famous faces of science quiz
    Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (neg. no. LC-USZ62-95224)
    1832
    nullification crisis
    A special state convention in South Carolina adopted the Ordinance of Nullification, which declared two federal tariffs null and void within the state; it sparked the nullification crisis, which ended in favour of the federal government. Test your knowledge of American history and politics
    Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
    1700
    Louis XIV
    Louis XIV of France proclaimed his grandson Philip to be king of Spain, beginning the War of the Spanish Succession. Take our quiz about kings and queens
    Photos.com/Jupiterimages
    1531
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    The second Peace of Kappel brought an end to the Kappel Wars during the Swiss Reformation.
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