24 Nov 2015
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Ferry sinks in Yellow Sea, killing hundreds
A ferry sinks in the Yellow Sea off the coast of China,
killing hundreds of people on this day in 1999.
The ship had caught fire while in the midst of a storm,
and nearly everyone on board perished,
including the captain...
Jack Ruby kills Lee Harvey Oswald
At 12:20 p.m.,
in the basement of the Dallas police station,
Lee Harvey Oswald,
the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy,
is shot to death by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner.
On November 22,
President Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in
an open-car motorcade through the streets of downtown Dallas.
Less than an hour after the shooting,
Lee Harvey Oswald killed a policeman who questioned him
on the street.
Thirty minutes after that,
he was arrested in a movie theater by police.
Oswald was formally arraigned on November 23,
for the murders of President Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit...
Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA rebounds record
On November 24, 1960,
Philadelphia Warrior Wilt Chamberlain,
snags 55 rebounds in a game against the Boston Celtics,
and sets an NBA record for the most rebounds in a single game...
“Hollywood 10″ cited for contempt
The House of Representatives votes 346 to 17 to approve citations of contempt against 10 Hollywood writers, directors, and producers.
These men had refused to cooperate at hearings dealing
with communism in the movie industry held by
the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).
The “Hollywood 10,”
as the men were known,
are sentenced to one year in jail.
The Supreme Court later upheld the contempt charges.
The contempt charges stemmed from the refusal of the 10 men
to answer questions posed by HUAC,
as to whether they were or had ever been members
of the Communist Party.
In hearings that often exploded with rancor,
the men denounced the questions as violations
of their First Amendment rights.
Albert Maltz, Dalton Trumbo, John Howard Lawson, Samuel Ornitz,
Ring Lardner, Jr., Lester Cole, Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman,
Edward Dmytryk, and Robert Adrian Scott,
were thereupon charged with contempt of Congress.
The chairman of HUAC, J. Parnell Thomas,
dismissed the arguments raised by the men,
claiming that Congress had every right to ask people
what their political affiliations were.
“The Constitution,” he declared,
“was never intended to cloak or shield those who would destroy it.”
The Hollywood 10 responded with a joint statement in which
they argued that HUAC had succeeded in having
“the Congress cite the Bill of Rights for contempt.”
“The United States,” the statement concluded,
“can keep its constitutional liberties or it can keep
the Thomas committee.
It can’t keep both.
”The impact of the charges against the Hollywood 10 was immediate,
Hollywood quickly established the so-called “blacklist,”
a collection of names of Hollywood personalities
suspected of having communist ties.
Those on the list rarely found work in the movies.
The contempt charges also created a chilling effect
on the Hollywood film industry,
and producers, directors, and writers shied away from
subject matter that might be considered the least bit controversial,
or open them up to charges of being soft on communism.
The blacklist was not completely broken until the 1960s...
G. A. Kiss-tory:
53 years ago today,
I was born...
Hijacker parachutes into thunderstorm
A hijacker calling himself D.B. Cooper,
parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727,
into a raging thunderstorm over Washington State.
He had $200,000 in ransom money in his possession.
Cooper had commandeered the aircraft shortly after takeoff,
showing a flight attendant something that looked like a bomb,
and informing the crew that he wanted $200,000,
four parachutes, and “no funny stuff.”
The plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport,
where authorities met Cooper’s demands and evacuated
most of the passengers.
Cooper then demanded that the plane fly toward Mexico at a low altitude, and ordered the remaining crew into the cockpit.
At 8:13 p.m.,
as the plane flew over the Lewis River in southwest Washington,
the plane’s pressure gauge recorded Cooper’s jump from the aircraft.
Wearing only wraparound sunglasses, a thin suit, and a raincoat,
Cooper parachuted into a thunderstorm with winds in excess
of 100 mph and temperatures well below zero,
at the 10,000-foot altitude where he began his fall.
The storm prevented an immediate capture,
and most authorities assumed he was killed during
his apparently suicidal jump.
No trace of Cooper was found during a massive search.
an eight-year-old boy uncovered a stack of nearly $5,880
of the ransom money in the sands along the north bank
of the Columbia River, five miles from Vancouver, Washington.
The fate of Cooper still remains a mystery...
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