This Day in History on 24 November

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 24 November. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Lachit Divas

Important Days

Evolution Day (International observance)


Lachit Divas (Assam)

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (India)

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (India)

Important Events

1434: River Thames was completely frozen.

1859: The publication of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species.’

1871: National Rifle Association (NYC) formed.

1919: Gandhiji presides over All-India Khilafat conference at Delhi.

1926: Aurobindo Ghose, former I.C.S. and revolutionary, attained full enlightenment I.e ‘Purna Siddhi’.

1932: The Third Round Table Conference ended in London. As Gandhi was in prison because of his civil disobedience movement he could not attend it. This conference ended without achieving anything.

1941: Attack on Pearl Harbour.

1941: Indian infantry attacks German tanks at Sidi Omar.

1944: In World War II, the 73rd Bombardment Wing launched the first attack on Tokyo from the Northern Mariana Islands.

1963: Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of John F. Kennedy, was assassinated by Jack Ruby at the Dallas Police Station.

1969: Apollo 12 landed on the moon.

1969: Guru Nanak University established at Amritsar, Punjab.

1971: During a severe thunderstorm over Washington State, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (aka D. B. Cooper) parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He has never been found.

1976: A devastating earthquake shook eastern Turkey. 4 to 5 thousand people died in it.

1986: Legislators expelled from the House for the first time in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly.

1988: First time Lok Sabha MP Lalduhoma disqualified under Anti defection law.

1989: The entire leadership of the then Communist Party in Czechoslovakia resigned collectively to usher in a new era.

1988: Mizoram became the first Lok Sabha member.

1989: Tendulkar scores a record cricket test 50 aged 16 years 214 days.

1991: Bihar’s ruling JD makes a clean sweep of all the three Lok Sabha seats in the by-elections.

1992: It was decided that Lok Sabha session would start with the national song “Vande Mataram” and end with National Anthem “Jana Gana Mana”.

1999: Kunjurani Devi of India won a silver medal at the World Weightlifting Championships held in Athens.

2000: External maps of 545 km of the demarcation line between India and China exchanged for the first time, says External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh.

2007: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reached home after eight years of exile.

2008: Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, accused in the Malegaon bomb blast case, accused the ATS of showing obscene CDs.

Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1806: William Webb Ellis, founder of rugby football.

1877: Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, Indian police officer (d. 1941)

1881: Ram Rachhpal, son of Sukhi Ram, called ‘Chhotu’, freedom fighter, politician and leader, was born in a ‘Jat’ famlily in a small village Garhi Sampla in Rohpak district. His life was a saga of sincere and ceaseless striving to improve the condition of the poor peasants in India, popularly known as ‘Deenbandhu’.

1899: Pandit Hiralal Shastri, great social worker, leader and first chief minister of Rajasthan state, was born at Jobner, Jaipur District.

1914: Lynn Chadwick, British sculptor.

Pete Best

1919: Mahipal, was an Indian film actor.

1924: Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman, famous political cartoonist, was born.

1930: Chandrakant Trimbak Patankar, cricketer ( wicket keeper in one Test India vs NZ 1955-56), was born in Pen, Maharashtra.

1935: Salim Khan, an Indian screenwriter.

1943: Montek Singh Ahluwalia, an Indian economist, and civil servant.

1944: Amol Palekar, an Indian actor, director, and producer.

Arundhati Roy

1941: Pete Best, Indian-English drummer, and lyricist.

1948: Ashok Gandotra, cricketer (Two Tests for India 1969), was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

1952: Brijesh Parsuram Patel, cricketer (Indian batsman 1974-77), was born in Baroda.

1955: Ian Botham, an English cricketer.

1961: Arundhati Roy, Indian writer and activist, recipient of Booker Prize

1992: Lok Sabha approves bill seeking to confer Indian citizenship to a child born to an Indian mother outside the country.

Death/ Death Anniversary

1848: William Lamb, a British Whig statesman.

1916: Hiram Maxim, inventor of the Maxim gun.

1948: Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day.

1963: Marotrao Kannamwar, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, passed away.

1991: Freddie Mercury, a British singer, songwriter, record producer.

1992: Theodore Miller Edison, an American businessman, inventor, and environmentalist.

Murli Deora

2004: Arthur Haley, world-renowned author.

2014: Murli Deora, Indian politician.

1973: E. V. Ramasami Naicker (EVR), founder leader of Dravida Kazhagam, passed away at the age of 94.

1675: Guru Tegh Bahadur, Indian guru (b. 1621)

2014: Murli Deora, Indian politician, Indian Minister of Corporate Affairs (b. 1937)

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