spotlight Today in history: Nov. 24 Nov 24, 2019 Nov 24, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1859: Charles Darwin In 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution by means of natural selection. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1947: Hollywood Ten In 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. Harold Filan 1947: John Steinbeck In 1947, John Steinbeck's novel "The Pearl" was first published. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1963: Jack Ruby On Nov. 24, 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in a scene captured on live television. AP 1969: Apollo 12 In 1969, Apollo 12 splashed down safely in the Pacific. HOGP 1971: Dan Cooper In 1971, a hijacker calling himself "Dan Cooper" (but who became popularly known as "D.B. Cooper") parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 over the Pacific Northwest after receiving $200,000 in ransom; his fate remains unknown. HO 1982: Barack Hussein Obama Sr. In 1982, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., a Kenyan government economist and father of Barack Obama, was killed in an automobile accident in Nairobi; he was 46. Ben Curtis 1985: EgyptAir Flight 648 In 1985, the hijacking of an Egyptair jetliner parked on the ground in Malta ended violently as Egyptian commandos stormed the plane. Fifty-eight people died in the raid, in addition to two others killed by the hijackers. PARDI 1991: Freddie Mercury In 1991, rock singer Freddie Mercury died in London at age 45 of AIDS-related pneumonia. GILL ALLEN 1995: Ireland In 1995, voters in Ireland narrowly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing divorce. JOHN COGILL 2000: U.S. Supreme Court In 2000, the U-S Supreme Court stepped into the bitter, overtime struggle for the White House, agreeing to consider George W. Bush's appeal against the hand recounting of ballots in Florida. STEPHEN J. BOITANO 2009: Albert Pujols Ten years ago: Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) won the National League MVP unanimously, becoming the first player to repeat since Barry Bonds won four in a row from 2001-04. Tom Gannam 2009: Bill Sparkman Ten years ago: Kentucky officials said census worker Bill Sparkman, found bound and hanging from a tree with the word "fed" scrawled across his chest, had in fact committed suicide. Brian Bohannon 2009: President Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama played host at the first state dinner of his presidency to visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an event marred by two gatecrashers, Tareq and Michaele Salahi (mih-KEL' sah-LAH'-hee). Susan Walsh 2014: Chuck Hagel Five years ago: Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration's Middle East crisis management. Susan Walsh 2014: Ferguson, Missouri Five years ago: It was announced that a grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, had decided against indicting Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown; the decision enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where Brown had been fatally shot. Charlie Riedel 2017: Emmerson Mnangagwa In 2017, Zimbabwe swore in its new leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa (moo-nahn-GAHG'-wah), after the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, who had fired his longtime deputy just two and a half weeks earlier. Ben Curtis 2017: Sinai Mosque Attack In 2017, militants attacked a crowded mosque in Egypt with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades, killing more than 300 people in the deadliest-ever attack by Islamic extremists in the country. UGC 2018: Paris One year ago: French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse violent demonstrators in Paris as thousands gathered to vent anger against rising fuel taxes. Kamil Zihnioglu 2018: Tua Tagovailoa One year ago: Alabama remained unbeaten with a 52-21 win over rival Auburn, as Tua Tagovailoa (TOO'-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH'-ah) threw five touchdown passes and ran for another. 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