1974 – Donald 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.
1963 – In the first live, televised murder, Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is murdered two days after the assassination, by Jack Ruby, a nightclub operator, in the basement of Dallas police department headquarters. Oswald was being led by two detectives to an armoured car to take him to the nearby county jail.
1962 – The influential British satirical television programme That Was the Week That Was is first broadcast.
1944 – World War II: The 73rd Bombardment Wing launches the first attack on Tokyo from the Northern Mariana Islands.
1941 – World War II: The United States grants Lend-Lease to the Free French Forces.
1940 – World War II: The First Slovak Republic becomes a signatory to the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers.
1906 – A 13–6 victory by the Massillon Tigers over their rivals, the Canton Bulldogs, for the "Ohio League" Championship, leads to accusations that the championship series was fixed and results in the first major scandal in professional American football.
1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Lookout Mountain: Near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant capture Lookout Mountain and begin to break the Confederate siege of the city led by General Braxton Bragg.
1642 – Abel Tasman becomes the first European to discover the island Van Diemen's Land (later renamed Tasmania).
1990 – Sarah Hyland, American actress. Hyland is popularly known for playing the character of Haley Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family, for which she has received critical acclaim and numerous accolades and nominations, sharing four Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series with her cast members and garnering a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
1986 – Mohamed Massaquoi, American football player. He played college football at Georgia and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
1985 – Tony Hunt, American football player. Antonio Christopher Hunt (born November 24, 1985) is a former professional American football running back.
1982 – Ryan Fitzpatrick, American football player. Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick (born November 24, 1982), nicknamed Fitzmagic, is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL).
1980 – Beth Phoenix, American wrestler. Elizabeth Copeland (née Kociański) (born November 24, 1980), known professionally as Beth Phoenix, is an American professional wrestling commentator and occasional professional wrestler.
1978 – Katherine Heigl, American actress and producer. Heigl then landed the role of Isabel Evans on The WB television series Roswell (1999–2002), for which she received nominations for Saturn and Teen Choice Awards.
1977 – Colin Hanks, American actor. His television credits include Roswell, Band of Brothers, Dexter, Fargo, The Good Guys, and Life in Pieces.
1975 – Thomas Kohnstamm, American author. Thomas Kohnstamm (born (1975-11-24)November 24, 1975) is an American author from Seattle, Washington.
1971 – Keith Primeau, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach. Keith David Primeau (born November 24, 1971) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers.
1970 – Doug Brien, American football player. Brien was picked in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft (85th overall) by San Francisco out of the University of California, Berkeley.
1970 – Julieta Venegas, American-Mexican singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. She has a twin sister, Yvonne, who is a photographer.
1969 – Rob Nicholson, American bass player and songwriter. Robert Douglas "Rob" Nicholson PC QC (born April 29, 1952) is a Canadian politician who represented the riding of Niagara Falls in the House of Commons of Canada from 2004 to 2019 as a member of the Conservative Party.
1967 – Cal Eldred, American baseball player and sportscaster. Calvin John Eldred (born November 24, 1967) is an American former professional baseball pitcher in who played for 14 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1991 to 2005.
1965 – Dawn Robinson, American R&B singer and actress. Following her departure from En Vogue, Robinson joined Lucy Pearl and released their self-titled debut album Lucy Pearl in 2000, which went platinum worldwide and produced the successful singles "Dance Tonight" and "Don't Mess with My Man".
1964 – Brad Sherwood, American actor and game show host. Bradley Sherwood (born November 24, 1964) is an American actor, comedian, game show host and writer.
1964 – Garret Dillahunt, American actor. Jody Kimball-Kinney on The Mindy Project and John Dorie in Fear the Walking Dead.
1960 – Edgar Meyer, American bassist and composer. His collaborators have spanned a wide range of musical styles and talents; among them are Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Yo-Yo Ma, Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall, Mark O'Connor, Christian McBride, and Emanuel Ax.
1957 – Denise Crosby, American actress and producer. Denise Michelle Crosby (/ˈkrɒzbi/; born November 24, 1957) is an American actress and model, best known for portraying Security Chief Tasha Yar mainly in season one of Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as Yar's daughter, the half-Romulan Commander Sela, in subsequent seasons.
1956 – Ruben Santiago-Hudson, American actor, playwright, and director. In November 2011 he appeared on Broadway in Lydia R.
1955 – Clem Burke, American rock drummer. Clement Burke (born November 24, 1954) is an American musician who is best known as the drummer for the band Blondie from 1975, shortly after the band formed, throughout the band's entire career.
1955 – Scott Hoch, American golfer. Scott Mabon Hoch (born November 24, 1955) is an American professional golfer, who represented his country in the Ryder Cup in 1997 and 2002.
1952 – Rachel Chagall, American actress, was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, and as Val Toriello on The Nanny (1993–1999).
1951 – Chet Edwards, American businessman and politician, was a United States Representative from Texas, representing a district based in Waco, from 1991 to 2011. Previously, he served in the Texas Senate from 1983 to 1990.
1950 – Stanley Livingston, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Stanley Bernard Livingston (born November 24, 1950) is an American actor, best known for playing Richard "Chip" Douglas, the third son of Steve Douglas (Fred MacMurray) on the television series My Three Sons.
1948 – Spider Robinson, American-Canadian author and critic. He has won a number of awards for his hard science fiction and humorous stories, e.g. the Hugo Award 1977 and 1983, together with Jeanne in 1978 too.
1948 – Steve Yeager, American baseball player and coach. His last year, 1986, he played for the Seattle Mariners.
1947 – Dwight Schultz, American actor. He is also known in animation as the mad scientist Dr.
1945 – Lee Michaels, American rock singer-songwriter and musician. Lee Eugene Michaels (born Michael Olsen, November 24, 1945) is an American rock musician who sings and accompanies himself on organ, piano, or guitar.
1944 – Candy Darling, American model and actress (d. 1974), was an American actress, best known as a Warhol Superstar and transsexual icon. She starred in Andy Warhol's films Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), and was a muse of The Velvet Underground.
1944 – Dan Glickman, American businessman and politician, 26th United States Secretary of Agriculture. Daniel Robert Glickman (born November 24, 1944) is an American politician, lawyer, lobbyist, and nonprofit leader.
1943 – Dave Bing, American basketball player and politician, 70th Mayor of Detroit. David Bing (born November 24, 1943) is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player, former mayor of Detroit, Michigan, and businessman.
1943 – Margaret E. M. Tolbert, American chemist and academic, was an administrative chemist at British Petroleum. From 1996 to 2002 she served as director of the New Brunswick Laboratory, becoming the first African American and the first woman in charge of a Department of Energy lab.
1943 – Richard Tee, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (d. 1993), was an American pianist, studio musician, singer and arranger, who had several hundred studio credits and played on such notable hits as "In Your Eyes", "Slip Slidin' Away", "Just the Two of Us", "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)", "Crackerbox Palace", "Tell Her About It", and many others.
1942 – Marlin Fitzwater, American soldier and journalist, 17th White House Press Secretary. W.
1941 – Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bass player, songwriter, and producer (d. 2012), was an American bass guitarist, session musician, record producer, and songwriter. Dunn was notable for his 1960s recordings with Booker T. & the M.G.'s and as a session bassist for Stax Records.
1940 – Paul Tagliabue, American lawyer and businessman, 5th Commissioner of the National Football League. He had previously served as a lawyer for the NFL.
1938 – Oscar Robertson, American basketball player and sportscaster. Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.
1935 – Mordicai Gerstein, American author, illustrator, and director, was an American artist, writer, and film director, best known for illustrating and writing children's books. He illustrated the comic mystery fiction series Something Queer is Going On.
1935 – Ron Dellums, American soldier and politician, 48th Mayor of Oakland, was an American politician who served as Mayor of Oakland from 2007 to 2011. He had previously served thirteen terms as a Member of the U.S.
1931 – Tommy Allsup, American rockabilly and western swing guitarist, was an American rockabilly and swing musician.
1930 – Bob Friend, American baseball player and politician, was a right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who pitched primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1951–1965), joining the New York Yankees and New York Mets in his final season of 1966. He is the first man to lead the league in ERA while pitching for a last place team.
1929 – George Moscone, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 37th Mayor of San Francisco (d. 1978), was an American attorney and Democratic politician. He was the 37th mayor of San Francisco, California from January 1976 until his assassination in November 1978.
1926 – Tsung-Dao Lee, Chinese-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. In 1957, Lee, at the age of 30, won the Nobel Prize in Physics with Chen Ning Yang for their work on the violation of the parity law in weak interactions, which Chien-Shiung Wu experimentally verified in 1956, with her so-called Wu experiment.
1925 – William F. Buckley, Jr., American publisher and author, founded the National Review (d. 2008), was an American public intellectual and conservative author and commentator. In 1955 Buckley founded National Review, a magazine that stimulated the conservative movement in the late-20th century United States.
1924 – Eileen Barton, American singer (d. 2006), was an American singer best known for her 1950 hit song, "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake."
1924 – Lorne Munroe, Canadian-American cellist and educator. He was a featured soloist more than 150 times during the 32 seasons he played for the New York Philharmonic.
1921 – John Lindsay, American lawyer and politician, 103rd Mayor of New York City (d. 2000), was an American politician, lawyer, and broadcaster. During his political career, Lindsay was a U.S. congressman, mayor of New York City, and candidate for U.S. president.
1916 – Forrest J Ackerman, American soldier and author (d. 2008), was an American magazine editor, science fiction writer and literary agent, a founder of science fiction fandom, a leading expert on science fiction, horror, and fantasy films, and acknowledged as the world's most avid collector of genre books and movie memorabilia. He was based in Los Angeles, California.
1914 – Bessie Blount Griffin, American physical therapist, inventor and forensic scientist (d. 2009), was a writer, physical therapist, inventor and forensic scientist.
1913 – Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish-American actress (d. 2005), was an Irish actress and a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame.
1913 – Howard Duff, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1990), was an American actor of film, television, stage, and radio.
1912 – Charles Schneeman, American soldier and illustrator (d. 1972), was an American illustrator of science fiction.
1912 – Garson Kanin, American director and screenwriter (d. 1999), was an American writer and director of plays and films.
1912 – Teddy Wilson, American pianist and educator (d. 1986), was an American jazz pianist. Described by critic Scott Yanow as "the definitive swing pianist", Wilson's sophisticated and elegant style was featured on the records of many of the biggest names in jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald.
1911 – Joe Medwick, American baseball player and manager (d. 1975), was an American Major League Baseball player. A left fielder for the St.
1911 – Kirby Grant, American actor (d. 1985), was a long-time B movie and television actor, mostly remembered for having played the title role in the Western-themed adventure television series Sky King. Between 1949 and 1954, Grant starred in 10 mounted-police adventures, usually in the role of Corporal Rod Webb.
1910 – Larry Siemering, American football player and coach (d. 2009). He played college football at the University of San Francisco and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Boston Redskins in 1935 and 1936.
1899 – Ward Morehouse, American author, playwright, and critic (d. 1966), was an American theater critic, newspaper columnist, playwright, and author.
1897 – Lucky Luciano, Italian-American mob boss (d. 1962), was an influential Italian-born mobster, criminal mastermind, and crime boss who operated mainly in the United States. Along with his associates, he was instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate.
1895 – Esther Applin, American geologist and paleontologist (d. 1972). Applin completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1919 from the University of California, Berkeley.
1893 – Charles F. Hurley, American soldier and politician, 54th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1946), was the 54th Governor of the U.S. state of Massachusetts and one of its first Irish-American governors.
1888 – Dale Carnegie, American author and educator (d. 1955), was an American writer and lecturer, and the developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Born into poverty on a farm in Missouri, he was the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), a bestseller that remains popular today.
1888 – Fredrick Willius, American cardiologist and author (d. 1972), was a research cardiologist and the author of many hundreds of essays and no small number of books and textbooks in his field.
1886 – Margaret Caroline Anderson, American publisher, founded The Little Review (d. 1973), was the American founder, editor and publisher of the art and literary magazine The Little Review, which published a collection of modern American, English and Irish writers between 1914 and 1929. The periodical is most noted for introducing many prominent American and British writers of the 20th century, such as Ezra Pound and T.
1881 – Al Christie, Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1951), was a Canadian-born film director, producer, and screenwriter.
1879 – Wylie Cameron Grant, American tennis player (d. 1968), was an American tennis champion.
1877 – Alben W. Barkley, American lawyer and politician, 35th Vice President of the United States (d. 1956), was an American lawyer and politician from Kentucky who served in both houses of Congress and as the 35th vice president of the United States from 1949 to 1953. In 1905, he was elected county attorney for McCracken County, Kentucky.
1876 – Walter Burley Griffin, American architect and urban planner, designed Canberra (d. 1937), was an American architect and landscape architect. He is noted for designing Canberra, Australia's capital city.
1867 – Scott Joplin, American pianist and composer (d. 1917), was an American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the King of Ragtime.
1859 – Cass Gilbert, American architect, designed the United States Supreme Court Building and Woolworth Building (d. 1934), was a prominent American architect. An early proponent of skyscrapers, his works include the Woolworth Building, the United States Supreme Court building, the state capitols of Minnesota, Arkansas and West Virginia; and the Saint Louis Art Museum and Public Library.
1849 – Frances Hodgson Burnett, English-American novelist and playwright (d. 1924), was a British-born American novelist and playwright. She is best known for the three children's novels Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885–1886), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).
1840 – John Alfred Brashear, American scientist, telescope maker and educator (d. 1920). John Alfred Brashear (November 24, 1840 – April 8, 1920) was an American astronomer and instrument builder.
1784 – Zachary Taylor, American general and politician, 12th President of the United States (d. 1850), was the 12th president of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Taylor previously was a career officer in the United States Army, rose to the rank of major general and became a national hero as a result of his victories in the Mexican–American War.
2016 – Florence Henderson, American actress, singer and television personality (b. 1934)
2015 – Douglas W. Shorenstein, American businessman (b. 1955)
2015 – Quincy Monk, American football player (b. 1979)
2013 – Jean King, American politician, 6th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii (b. 1925)
2013 – Matthew Bucksbaum, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded General Growth Properties (b. 1926)
2012 – Ernie Warlick, American football player and sportscaster (b. 1932)
2012 – Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican-American boxer (b. 1962)
2012 – Jimmy Stewart, American baseball player and manager (b. 1939)
2012 – Nicholas Turro, American chemist and academic (b. 1938)
2009 – Abe Pollin, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1923)
2008 – Cecil H. Underwood, American educator and politician, 25th Governor of West Virginia (b. 1922)
2007 – Casey Calvert, American guitarist (b. 1981)
2006 – George W. S. Trow, American author, playwright, and critic (b. 1943)
2005 – Pat Morita, American actor (b. 1932)
2003 – Warren Spahn, American baseball player and coach (b. 1921)
2002 – John Rawls, American philosopher, author, and academic (b. 1921)
1993 – Albert Collins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1932)
1991 – Eric Carr, American drummer of KISS (b. 1950)
1990 – Bülent Arel, Turkish-American composer and educator (b. 1919)
1990 – Marion Post Wolcott, American photographer (b. 1910)
1982 – Barack Obama, Sr., Kenyan economist and academic, father of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States (b. 1936)
1980 – George Raft, American actor and dancer (b. 1901)
1980 – Henrietta Hill Swope, American astronomer and academic (b. 1902)
1980 – Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (b. 1897)
1973 – John Neihardt, American author and poet (b. 1881)
1968 – D. A. Levy, American poet and publisher (b. 1942)
1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of John F. Kennedy (b. 1939)
1961 – Ruth Chatterton, American actress (b. 1892)
1948 – Anna Jarvis, American founder of Mother's Day (b. 1864)
1943 – Doris Miller, American soldier and chef, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)