November 24: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, November 24, 1995, Ireland ended its ban on divorce?

November 24th is Sardines Day and Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day.

Welcome to day 328 of the year folks, there are 37 days left of the year.

November 24 was a varied day in years gone by. Here you’ll learn about inventions, music, crimes, and space that all happened on this day in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1995, Ireland ended its ban on divorce? About two-thirds of registered voters turned out and voted on the issue, with the winning vote being 50.28%.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about November 24th in history!

What Events Happened On November 24 In History?

2019 Taylor Swift won six awards at the American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year and Artist of the Decade.

OTD in 2019: Taylor Swift won six awards at the American Music Awards

2018 A party boat on Lake Victoria in Uganda capsized and killed 29 people.

The incident was due to the vessel being overloaded with 100 onboard.


2016 An international research team published their discovery of 1,500 new viruses that were in invertebrates in Australia and China.


2012 Psy’s “Gangnam Style” music video became the most viewed video on YouTube, passing 800 million views.

His music video views passed Justin Bieber's "Baby."


1995 Ireland ended its ban on divorce.

1991 STS 44 Atlantis 10 was launched into space.

OTD in 1991: STS 44 Atlantis 10 was launched into space.

It was the US's 7th spacecraft launch.


1971 D.B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 and extorted a ransom of $200,000 before parachuting out of the plane with the money and was never seen again.

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1967 The very first Chick-fil-A restaurant opened in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall.

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1905 Photographer Alfred Stieglitz opened The Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession in Manhattan, New York.

This was a turning point in history for the recognition of art photography. Stieglitz introduced photography to America as an art form, and this gallery gained respect for photography as a medium of making art like oil painting and printmaking.

1887 George Hancock, who invented softball, played the first match in Chicago.

1859 Charles Darwin published his revolutionary work, On the Origin of Species.

At its time of writing, Darwin's claim that all life as we know it descended from a set of common ancestors was laughed at by many. It wasn't until the 20th century that Darwin's theories were taken as seriously as he would have wanted.

1642 Abel Tasman became the first European to discover Tasmania and named it Van Diemen’s Land.

1639 Astronomers Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree recorded the first known observation of a transit of Venus across the sun.

OTD in 1639: Astronomers Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree recorded the first known observation of a transit of Venus across the sun.

1434 From this day until February 10, 1435, London’s Thames river completely froze.

In 1806, English author B. Lambert wrote about the event in his book "The History and Survey of London and its Environs" after studying the Thames' patterns of freezing over.

1248 A catastrophic landslide on Mont Granier destroyed five villages.

Located between Savoie and Isère in France, the natural disaster is remembered as one of Europe's biggest and deadliest landslides.

Famous Quotes Said On November 24

Who said what today throughout history? Here are the most famous things people have said on Nov 24.


“I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.”

– Mark Twain

Famous People Born On November 24

If you were born on this day, you share your birthday with Katherine Heigl. Find out who else was born on November 24th below!

1998 Peyton Meyer

American Actor

Peyton Meyer
24 years old
Born In:
Nevada, USA

1990 Sarah Hyland

American Actress

Sarah Hyland
32 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1978 Katherine Heigl

American Actress

Katherine Heigl
44 years old
Born In:
Washington D.C., USA

1977 Colin Hanks

American Actor

Colin Hanks
45 years old
Born In:
California, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1946 - 1991 Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury was a British singer born on September 5, 1946. He died on this day in 1991, at age 45 in Kensington, London, England, UK.

Special Holidays On November 24

If you’re looking to try something new today, here are some special holidays that might just give you an idea.

November 24: National Sardines Day

National Sardines Day

Some people are put off by how oily sardines are, but all that oil is incredibly good for you. In fact, Sardines are one of the best fish out there; they’re healthy, they’re cheap, and they’re sustainable! So cook up something with sardines today, and your body is sure to thank you!

November 24: Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

We can’t all be the best violinist, the fastest runner, or the strongest person in the world. While we like to think that we’re all so alike, it’s our differences that make us special! Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day is all about finding that one thing you do well and being proud of it!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Nebraska’s official state slogan is “Nebraska: Honestly, it’s not for everyone.”

November 24 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on this day shares the same star sign, Sagittarius.

People born Sagittarians tend to be optimistic and are very trusting of others. Sagittarians like to believe those around them and will take everyone on their own merits.

Topaz is the birthstone given to people born in November. The Topaz birthstone provides great strength and protection from a range of common illnesses.

People born on Nov 24 were likely conceived the same year on March 3.

The due date for babies conceived on this day is around August 17th, 2024.

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