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3031st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued by Emperor Diocletian

1208St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy

1510Pope Julius II excommunicates the republic of Venice

1711Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres at Haymarket theatre in London

1868House of Reps vote 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew Johnson

1924Mahatma Gandhi released from jail

1952Betty MacKinnon & Sam Snead wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament

1966Coup ousts Pres Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana

1981Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer

1987LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point

1989Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife

1990Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiia Ladies Golf Open

1996Meg Mallon wins LPGA Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open

1997Deng Xiaoping, leader of China, cremated (died Feb 19th)

1998Elton John knighted

199941st Grammy Awards: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic), Lauryn Hill wins

2008Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.

200880th Academy Awards - "No Country for Old Men," Daniel Day-Lewis & Marion Cotillard win

On This Day In History
Date Event
Feb 24, 303
1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued by Emperor Diocletian 
Feb 24, 1208
St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy 
Feb 24, 1296
Pope Boniface VIII degree Clericis Iaicos 
Feb 24, 1387
King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda. 
Feb 24, 1389
Battle at Falköping: Danes defeat King Albert of Sweden 
Feb 24, 1496
England's Henry VII ends commercial dispute with Flanders 
Feb 24, 1510
Pope Julius II excommunicates the republic of Venice 
Feb 24, 1525
Battle of Pavia: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V's troops beat the French. French King Francois I captured, 15,000 killed/wounded 
Feb 24, 1527
Ferdinand of Austria crowned as king of Bohemia 
Feb 24, 1528
Hungarian anti-king Janos Zapolyai & Sultan Suleiman signs treaty 
Feb 24, 1530
1st imperial coronation by a Pope, Charles V crowned by Clement V 
Feb 24, 1538
Treaty of Nagyvarad/Peace of Grosswardein signed between Ferdinand I of Austria and John Zápolya of Hungary. 
Feb 24, 1541
Santiago, Chile founded by Pedro de Valvidia (or 2/12) 
Feb 24, 1552
Privileges of Hanseatic League in England are abrogated 
Feb 24, 1582
Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar 
Feb 24, 1597
Flemish painter Frederick of Valckenborch becomes porter of Frankfurt-on-Main 
Feb 24, 1607
Claudio Monteverdi's opera "Orfeo," premieres in Mantua 
Feb 24, 1708
Prince Johan Willem Friso sworn in as viceroy of Groningen 
Feb 24, 1711
Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres at Haymarket theatre in London 
Feb 24, 1739
Battle of Karnal: The army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah. 
Feb 24, 1779
George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes (Ind) from British 
Feb 24, 1786
Charles Cornwallis appointed governor-general of India 
Feb 24, 1793
French troops conquer Breda 
Feb 24, 1803
Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison) 
Feb 24, 1804
London's Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute. 
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