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This Day in History for November 24 – Darwin Publishes ‘Origin of Species’ and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1859 – Charles Darwin publishes ‘On the Origin of Species,’ which immediately sells out its initial print run (More info)

1932 – The FBI Crime Lab officially opens in Washington, DC (More info)

1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is murdered by nightclub owner Jack Ruby in the basement of a Dallas police station (More info)

1971 – During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself D. B. Cooper parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money; he has never been found (More info)

1973 – A national speed limit — which only lasts four months — is imposed on the Autobahn in Germany because of the oil crisis (More info)

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