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Today in History
Friday, November 24

2007Australians elect the centre-left Australian Labor Party at a federal election; the outgoing prime minister, John Howard, becomes the first since 1929 to lose his own seat.
1993In Liverpool, 11-year-olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables are convicted of the murder of 2-year-old James Bulger.
1992A China Southern Airlines domestic flight in the People's Republic of China, crashes, killing all 141 people on-board.
1974Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete ''Australopithecus afarensis'' skeleton, nicknamed "Lucy" (after The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"), in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Depression.
1973A national speed limit is imposed on the Autobahn in Germany due to the 1973 oil crisis. The speed limit lasted only four months.
1971During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (AKA D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He has never been found.
1969Apollo program: The Apollo 12 command module splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to the Moon.
1966A Bulgarian plane with 82 people on board crashes near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia.
1966New York City experiences the smoggiest day in the city's history.
1965Joseph Désiré Mobutu seizes power in the Congo and becomes President; he rules the country (which he renames Zaire in 1971) for over 30 years, until being overthrown by rebels in 1997.
 
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Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

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The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived.

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Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

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