31 fun facts for November, 24

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
November 24 marks the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" and the establishment of the Texas Rangers, as well as the births of influential figures like Maurice Ravel, Edwin Hubble, and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Notable events include the first underground nuclear test, the unveiling of the Toyota Prius, and the recording of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Celebratory days include Evolution Day, International Cake Day, and National Sardines Day.
31 Fun facts
  1. On November 24, 1859, Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," his groundbreaking book that introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over generations through a process of natural selection. This book forever changed the way we view and study the living world.
  2. In 1877, American inventor Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a device for the mechanical reproduction of sound. This announcement took place on November 24, and marked the beginning of a new era in audio history.
  3. The premier of Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Prodigal Son" took place on November 24, 1929, in Paris. The production received critical acclaim and is still enjoyed by audiences today, showcasing Prokofiev's innovative talent as a composer.
  4. On November 24, 1932, the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (often referred to as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opened in Washington, D.C. The laboratory is now one of the largest and most comprehensive crime labs in the world.
  5. In 1947, on November 24, American labor leader and civil rights activist A. Philip Randolph organized the first "Freedom Rides" to challenge racial segregation in interstate bus travel in the United States.
  6. George Harrison, lead guitarist of the legendary British band The Beatles, released his first solo album "Wonderwall Music" on November 24, 1968. The album served as the soundtrack to the movie "Wonderwall" and was an experimental work that demonstrated Harrison's versatility as a musician.
  7. Japanese car maker Toyota unveiled its first hybrid car, the Prius, on November 24, 1997. The introduction of this energy-efficient vehicle marked a significant shift in the automotive industry, encouraging other manufacturers to explore alternative energy technologies.
  8. Randy Gardner broke the world record for longest time spent without sleep on November 24, 1964, reaching 264 hours and 12 minutes. This American high school student achieved the feat as part of a science project, and his record still stands today.
  9. The longest-serving British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, took office on November 24, 1721. Walpole served as Prime Minister for over two decades, helping to solidify the foundations of modern parliamentary democracy.
  10. November 24 is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day, a day to encourage people to embrace and showcase their unique abilities and interests. Whether it's playing an instrument, cooking, or solving puzzles, this day promotes self-expression and individuality.
  11. On November 24, 1989, Czechoslovakian playwright and dissident Václav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia, ushering in a new era of democracy following the Velvet Revolution. Havel's presidency symbolized the end of Soviet control in Eastern Europe.
  12. In 1993, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was signed into law in the United States on November 24. The legislation established mandatory background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases, aiming to reduce the occurrence of gun violence.
  13. November 24 is National Sardines Day in the United States, celebrating the small fish that has been a food staple for centuries. Sardines are known for their nutritional benefits and sustainable fishing practices, making them an eco-friendly food source.
  14. The first successful underground test of a nuclear bomb occurred on November 24, 1951, in the Nevada desert in the United States. The explosion marked a significant milestone in nuclear weapons development and research.
  15. Canadian-American cartoonist Walt Kelly’s comic strip "Pogo" first appeared in newspapers on November 24, 1948. The strip, which featured anthropomorphic animals discussing politics and philosophy, was a groundbreaking and influential work in the world of comics.
  16. On November 24, 1999, Australian cricketing legend Don Bradman received the Order of the Companions of Honour from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to cricket. Bradman is widely regarded as the greatest cricket batsman of all time.
  17. November 24 is International Cake Day, a celebration of the delicious dessert enjoyed around the world. This day encourages people to bake, share, and enjoy cakes of all types and flavors.
  18. British author Lucy Maud Montgomery, best known for her "Anne of Green Gables" series, was born on November 24, 1874. Montgomery's work has inspired generations of readers and led to numerous film and television adaptations.
  19. The Concorde supersonic passenger jet made its second test flight on November 24, 1970. This historic event marked a milestone in modern aviation and paved the way for faster air travel.
  20. Scottish psychiatrist and pharmacologist Sir John C. Eccles was born on November 24, 1903. Eccles was awarded the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the nervous system and the synapse.
  21. "The Call of the Wild," a novel by American author Jack London, was published on November 24, 1903. The book, which tells the story of a domesticated dog named Buck who reverts to his wild instincts, is considered a classic of American literature.
  22. November 24 is known as Evolution Day, commemorating the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species." The day is celebrated by scientists, naturalists, and enthusiasts to promote the importance of evolutionary theory and scientific knowledge.
  23. On November 24, 1887, French composer Maurice Ravel was born. Ravel is best known for his orchestral work "Boléro" and is considered one of the most influential composers of the early 20th century.
  24. American actor and comedian Billy Connolly, nicknamed "The Big Yin," was born on November 24, 1942. Connolly is known for his stand-up comedy, acting roles, and charity work, and has been a significant figure in popular culture for decades.
  25. November 24, 1991, marks the death anniversary of legendary British musician and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Fans around the world honor Mercury's memory, celebrating his incredible talent and lasting impact on the world of music.
  26. The iconic Hollywood sign was dedicated on November 24, 1923. Originally meant to be a temporary advertisement for a real estate development, the sign has since become a symbol of the entertainment industry and the city of Los Angeles.
  27. On November 24, 1966, the Beatles started recording their influential album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The album is widely regarded as one of the most important records in popular music history.
  28. American astronomer and astrophysicist Edwin Hubble was born on November 24, 1889. Hubble played a crucial role in establishing the field of extragalactic astronomy and providing observational evidence for the expanding universe theory.
  29. On November 24, 1835, Texas Rangers, a division of the United States law enforcement agency, was founded. This special law enforcement group was established to deal with the unique challenges of law enforcement on the Texas frontier.
  30. American poet, novelist, and literary critic Laurence Sterne was born on November 24, 1713. Known for his satirical works like "Tristram Shandy" and "A Sentimental Journey," Sterne's writings continue to be revered for their wit and originality.
  31. On November 24, 1896, the first US absentee voting law was enacted in Vermont. This law allowed eligible voters who were unable to vote in person to submit their ballots by mail, making voting more accessible for all citizens.