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Frozen in Time

Frozen in Time

By Emily Maxwell
Associate Editor

November 24 – Two days after JFK’s assassination, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shoots presumed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald with a .38 revolver in the basement of the Dallas police headquarters. Oswald had been brought to the basement, where police and press were gathered, before he was to be transported to a more secure county jail, when Ruby stepped out of the crowd and fatally shot him. Ruby features prominently in Kennedy-assassination theories. – 1963

November 25 – Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prizes, patents dynamite. He finds that when nitroglycerin is incorporated into diatomaceous earth, it becomes safer and easier to handle. The name, “Nobel’s Safety Powder” is considered before he settles upon dynamite, from the Greek word for “power.” – 1867

November 26 – The first bill is introduced into Congress to organize the Territory of Alaska. It dies in committee. – 1867

November 27 – Former Board of Supervisors Dan White storms into San Francisco’s City Hall and fatally shoots Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, one of the nation’s first openly gay politicians and admired activist, after Moscone decides not to reappoint White to the city board. White blamed his actions, in part, on a steady diet of junk food, which becomes known as the “Twinkie Defense.” The following year, White is charged with voluntary manslaughter instead of murder. – 1978

November 28 – The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting live from Nashville. One of the longest-lived and most popular showcases for western music, the Opry features some of the country’s most well-known musical acts, including Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash. – 1925

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Johnny Cash performs at the Grand Ole Opry in 1965.

November 29 – Coffee joins the list of rationed items in the United States. In spite of record coffee production in Latin America, the growing demand from military forces and the demands placed on shipping require the limiting of its availability. – 1942

November 30 – Mrs. Elizabeth Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama, is struck by a meteorite after it crashes through the roof of her house, bounces off a radio and into her hip. The space rock weighs 8.5 pounds and is seven inches long. While Hodges is not seriously injured, she reports suffering a nasty bruise. – 1954