24th November

Born on this Day 24th November
1826 Carlo Collodi
1849 Frances Burnett
1864 Henri De Toulouse Lautrec
1888 Cathleen Nesbitt
1894 Herbert Sutcliffe
1915 Helen Cherry
1942 Billy Connolly
1955 Ian Botham
1957 Edward Stourton
1958 Carmel
1962 John Kovalic
1962 John Squire
1966 Russell Watson
1970 Ashley Ward
1974 Stephen Merchant
1982 Sean O’Loughlin
1983 Dean Ashton
1990 Tom Odell
1993 Joe Pigott
1994 Reece Mastin

Died On This Day
1963 Lee Harvey Oswald
1990 Dodie Smith
1991 Freddie Mercury

Music
1963 Standing at the top of the charts were Gerry and the Pacemakers with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

1977 Abba were holding on to No.1 with ‘Name of the Game’.

1990 The Righteous Brothers had 3 different ‘Greatest Hits’ albums on the US chart on 3 different labels.

Sport
1991 In a battle of the ages, young tennis star Monica Seles beat Martina Navratilova 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-0, in the final of the Virginia Slims tournament at Madison Square Garden.

1991 Leeds United beat Aston Villa by 4 goals to 1 to leap to the top of the first division table , 1 point ahead of nearest contenders Manchester United.

People & Showbiz
1859 Charles Darwin published his controversial ‘Origin of the Species’

1962 Satirical television programme ‘That Was The Week That Was’ known as TW3, was broadcast by the BBC for the first time, presented by an unknown Davd Frost, with material from an unknown John Cleese.

1983 Mother Teresa was presented with the insignia of the Order of Merit by the Queen in the grounds of the Presidential Palace in New Delhi.

General Events
1642 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovered Van Diemen’s land- later renamed Tasmania in 1853.

1965 The government introduced an experimental 70mph speed limit on motorways in England.

1973 Aborigines were granted the vote by the Australian government.

1993 11 year olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were convicted of the child murder of 2 year old James Bulger of Livepool

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