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This day in history

Saturday, Nov. 24, is the 329th day of 2012. There are 37 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson is 74. Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is 72. Drummer Pete Best is 71. Actor Billy Connolly is 70. Former White House news secretary Marlin Fitzwater is 70. Actress Denise Crosby is 55. Actor Colin Hanks is 35. Actress Katherine Heigl is 34.

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In 1784, Zachary Taylor, the 12th president, was born in Orange County, Va.

In 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published ‘‘On the Origin of Species.’’

In 1950, the musical ‘‘Guys and Dolls,’’ based on the writings of Damon Runyon and featuring songs by Frank Loesser, opened on Broadway.

In 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President Kennedy.

In 1971, a hijacker calling himself ‘‘Dan Cooper’’ (who became known as ‘‘D.B. Cooper”) parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 over the Pacific Northwest with $200,000 in ransom — his fate remains unknown.

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