On November 24 in 1965, Mobutu Sese Seko became Zaire’s President. Born Joseph-Desiré Mobutu, he changed the country’s name from DRC to Zaire in 1971 and his own name to Mobutu Sese Seko in 1972.
On the same day in 1971, three-time Boston Marathon winner Cosmas Ndeti was born. The record he set in 1994 was broken Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot in 2006.
Other events that happened on November 24 include:
1888: Dale Carnegie, author of ‘How to Win Friends & Influence People’ is born
1954: The first official US Presidential airplane is christened Air Force One by First Lady Maime Eisenhower.
1963: Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s assassinator is shot dead on live TV
2012: Gangnam Style becomes the most viewed youtube video surpassing 808 million views. It is still the most viewed video on the platform, with over 2.6 billion views.