This day in history
Today is Saturday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2018. There are 37 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson is 80. Actor Stanley Livingston is 68. Rock musician Clem Burke (Blondie; The Romantics) is 64. Actress Lola Glaudini is 47. Actress Danielle Nicolet is 45. Actor Colin Hanks is 41. Actress Katherine Heigl is 40. Actress Sarah Hyland is 28.
In 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published ‘‘On the Origin of Species,’’ which explained his theory of evolution by means of natural selection.
In 1941, the US Supreme Court, in Edwards v. California, unanimously struck down a California law prohibiting people from bringing impoverished nonresidents into the state.
In 1969, Apollo 12 splashed down safely in the Pacific.
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.
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.
In 1991, rock singer Freddie Mercury died in London at age 45 of AIDS-related pneumonia.
In 2000, the US 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.
In 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harshly condemned the international community’s nuclear deal with Iran, calling it a ‘‘historic mistake’’ and saying he was not bound by the agreement. The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter, the first pope.
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. South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal increased the prison sentence of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius to 13 years and five months in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, more than doubling the original six-year sentence.