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This Day in History: Nov. 24

1642 Dutch navigator Abel Janszoon Tasman, leading a voyage of exploration in the southern hemisphere, visits the island of Tasmania south of Australia.
1707 The most recent recorded eruption of Japanese volcano Mt. Fuji begins, continuing for several months.
1863 During the Civil War, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant launches the Battle of Chattanooga, TN.
1963 Lee Harvey Oswald, arrested for the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy, is shot and killed by Jack Ruby while in police custody in Dallas, TX.
1976 Some 5,000 people die when an earthquake strikes along the Iran-Soviet border.
1995 Irish voters narrowly agree to end the Irish Republic's constitutional ban on divorce.

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