24 November 24 November 1642 Abel Tasman discovered Van Diemen's Land, later Tasmania. 1859 The Origin of Species, a path-breaking scientific work by British naturalist Charles Darwin, was published in England. 1874 Joseph F.Glidden patented barbed wire. 1963 Jack Ruby, a Dallas night-club owner, shot dead Lee Harvey Oswald, President Kennedy's assassin. The macabre incident was witnessed live by millions of television viewers. 1971 A hijacker parachuted into a raging thunderstorm from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington, with $200,000 in ransom! A massive manhunt for him proved futile.