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Notable Historical Events on February 24th

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

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

201385th Academy Awards: "Argo," Daniel Day-Lewis & Jennifer Lawrence win

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

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

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

1966Coup ousts Pres Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana

1990Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiia Ladies Golf Open

1924Mahatma Gandhi released from jail

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

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

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

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

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

1998Elton John knighted

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

1510Pope Julius II excommunicates the republic of Venice

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

February 24th Historical Events
Date Event
303
1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued by Emperor Diocletian 
1208
St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy 
1296
Pope Boniface VIII degree Clericis Iaicos 
1387
King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda. 
1389
Battle at Falköping: Danes defeat King Albert of Sweden 
1496
England's Henry VII ends commercial dispute with Flanders 
1510
Pope Julius II excommunicates the republic of Venice 
1525
Battle of Pavia: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V's troops beat the French. French King Francois I captured, 15,000 killed/wounded 
1527
Ferdinand of Austria crowned as king of Bohemia 
1528
Hungarian anti-king Janos Zapolyai & Sultan Suleiman signs treaty 
1530
1st imperial coronation by a Pope, Charles V crowned by Clement V 
1538
Treaty of Nagyvarad/Peace of Grosswardein signed between Ferdinand I of Austria and John Zápolya of Hungary. 
1541
Santiago, Chile founded by Pedro de Valvidia (or 2/12) 
1552
Privileges of Hanseatic League in England are abrogated 
1582
Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar 
1597
Flemish painter Frederick of Valckenborch becomes porter of Frankfurt-on-Main 
1607
Claudio Monteverdi's opera "Orfeo," premieres in Mantua 
1708
Prince Johan Willem Friso sworn in as viceroy of Groningen 
1711
Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres at Haymarket theatre in London 
1739
Battle of Karnal: The army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah. 
1779
George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes (Ind) from British 
1786
Charles Cornwallis appointed governor-general of India 
1793
French troops conquer Breda 
1803
Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison) 
1804
London's Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute. 
1807
17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England 
1821
Mexico gains independence from Spain 
1826
The signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo marks the end of the First Burmese War. 
1835
Siwinowe Kesibwi (Shawnee Sun) is 1st Indian lang monthly mag 
1839
Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia 
1848
King Louis-Philippe abdicates, 2nd French republic declared 
1855
US Court of Claims forms for cases against government 
1857
1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to government 
1857
LA Vineyard Society organized 
1863
Arizona Territory created 
1863
Forrest's raid on Brentwood, Tennessee 
1864
-Feb 25] Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard's Roost) 
1868
1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile Alabama) 
1868
House of Reps vote 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew Johnson 
1875
The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries. 
1876
Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt," premieres in Oslo 
1881
De Lesseps' Co begins work on Panama Canal 
1881
China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty. 
1888
Louisville, Ky becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot 
1891
French troops under capt Archinard occupy Diena West Sudan 
1893
The American University is chartered by an act of the Congress of the United States of America. 
1894
Nicaragua captures Tegucigalpa, Honduras (National Day, sort of) 
1895
Cuban war for independence begins 
1896
Victoria all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15 Jarvis 4-27 
1899
Western Washington University is established. 
1902
Battle at Yzer Spruit: Boer general De la Rey beats British 
1905
Simplon tunnel in Switzerland completed 
1906
Tomas Estrada Palma defeats Jose Gomez in the election for president of Cuba, but Gomez and his followers refuse to accept results and sponsor an uprising 
1908
In 'Muller v Oregon', the US Supreme Court favors an Oregon law limiting maximum hours a woman may work and denies that it curtails 'liberty of contract' 
1909
The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded. 
1911
Japan and the US conclude a treaty that continues restrictions on Japanese laborers 
1914
Frank Craven's "Too Many Cooks," premieres in NYC 
1917
German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram) 
1917
Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleve for $15,000 
1918
Estonia declares independence from Russia 
1920
NSDAP begins at Hofbrauhaus Munich 
1920
Peace treaty gives Estonia independence 
1921
1st transcontinental flight in 24 hrs flying time arrives Florida 
1923
Flying Scotsman goes into service 
1923
Mass arrests in US of mafia 
1924
Greek parliament proclaims republic 
1924
Johnny Weissmuller, swims 100m record (57 2/5 secs) 
1924
Mahatma Gandhi released from jail 
1925
Thermite explosive 1st used to break up ice jam, Waddington, NY 
1927
John Golden Theater (Theatre Masque) opens at 252 W 45th St NYC 
1932
Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (253.96 mph) at Daytona 
1933
Final demonstration of German communist party in Berlin 
1933
League of Nations tells Japanese to pull out of Manchuria 
1937
1st US group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Wash, DC 
1938
Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles 
1939
Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony, premieres in Boston 
1940
Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star" 
1941
43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague 
1941
Anti nazi meeting at Noordermarkt Amsterdam 
1942
Voice of America begins broadcasting (in German) 
1942
The "Battle of Los Angeles" takes place, lasting until the next day. 
1943
Gen-major Bradley flies to Algiers 
1943
Texas League announces it will quit for the duration of WW II 
1944
Argentina coup by Juan Peron minister of war 
1945
Egypt & Syria declares war on nazi-Germany 
1945
Manila freed from Japanese 
1945
Nazi occupiers begin state of siege 
1945
Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree. 
1946
Juan Peron elected President of Argentina 
1948
Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia 
1949
Israel & Egypt sign an armistice agreement 
1949
V-2/WAC-Corporal 1st rocket to 5x speed of sound at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, 
1950
Labour wins British parliamentary election 
1951
"Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 perfs 
1951
Ice Pairs Championship at Milan won by Ria Baran & Paul Falk of GER 
1951
Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Milan won by Jeanette Altwegg of GRB 
1951
Men's Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Richard Button USA 
1952
Betty MacKinnon & Sam Snead wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament 
1955
"Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances 
1955
Pact of Baghdad between Iraq & Turkey signed 
1960
Italian government of Segni falls 
1960
US beats Germany in Olympic hockey finals round, 9-1 
1961
Explorer (10) fails to reach Earth orbit 
1962
"New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 28 performances 
1962
"Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 167 performances 
1962
General mobilization in Indonesia over New-Guinea 
1962
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1965
Beatles begin filming "Help" in Bahamas 
1965
East German president Ulbricht visits Egypt 
1966
Coup ousts Pres Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana 
1966
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1968
"Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott NYC after 31 perfs 
1968
Discovery of 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish) 
1968
Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games 
1968
US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam 
1969
Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby 
1969
Northern Ireland Stormont parliament election held leading to fragmentation of the Unionist party into 'Official Unionist' and 'Unofficial Unionist' 
1970
29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland) 
1970
Heintje Simons (14) wins 7 gold records 
1970
KVDO TV channel 3 in Salem, OR (IND) begins broadcasting 
1971
Algeria nationalizes 51 percent of French oil concessions 
1974
Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater 
1974
Pakistan officially recognizes Bangladesh 
1976
Cuba adopts its constitution 
1976
Jules Feiffer's "Knock Knock," premieres in NYC 
1976
Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU 
1977
Pres Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights 
1978
Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game 
1979
Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas 
1979
War between North & South Yemen begins 
1980
"Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances 
1980
Joanne Carner Ladies wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic 
1980
Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders 
1980
USA Olympic hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to win the gold medal 
1981
Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer 
1981
Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower 
1981
An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Athens, killing 16 people and destroying buildings in several towns west of the city. 
1982
Basketball team Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak 
1982
24th Grammy Awards: Betty Davis Eyes, Double Fantasy wins 
1982
Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92 
1983
Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time 
1983
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
1983
A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II. 
1984
Iraq resumes air attack on Iran 
1985
Amy Alcott wins LPGA Circle K Golf Open Tucson 
1985
Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King of Nepal 
1985
Jim Kelly (Houston USFL) passes for pro football record 574 yds 
1985
Yul Brynner reprised his role in "The King & I" 
1986
Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million 
1986
Voyager 2, 1st Uranus flyby 
1987
29th Grammy Awards: Higher Love, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby wins 
1987
LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point 
1987
Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack 
1988
Matti Nykanen becomes winter olympics 1st triple gold medalist 
1988
South African apartheid regime bans the UDF 
1988
Supreme Ct votes 8-0 Jerry Falwell cannot collect for Hustler parody 
1989
150-million-year-old fossil egg (oldest dinosaur embryo) found 
1989
Harold E Ballard sells CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley 
1989
Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife 
1989
US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die 
1989
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1989
Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers $1M-$3M bounty on Salman Rushdie's death due to his novel, "Satanic Verses" 
1990
Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiia Ladies Golf Open 
1991
"Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 perfs 
1991
End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) 1st draft 
1991
US & allies begin a ground war assault on Iraqi troops 
1993
35th Grammy Awards: Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton wins 
1994
Scoreboard is unveiled at new Cleve Indians' park (Jacobs Field) 
1995
Dow-Jones hits record 4011.74 
1995
The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified. 
1996
Cuba downs 2 US planes 
1996
Meg Mallon wins LPGA Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open 
1996
The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church. 
1997
Deng Xiaoping, leader of China, cremated (died Feb 19th) 
1997
South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp 
1997
Qatar inaugurates the world's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting facility and formally launches Qatar Liquefied Gas Co. 
1998
Elton John knighted 
1998
NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accomodate the Olympics 
1999
The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him. 
1999
A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61. 
1999
41st Grammy Awards: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic), Lauryn Hill wins 
2002
XIX Winter Olympics closes in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 
2002
Canada defeats the United States 5-2 to win the men's ice hockey Olympic Gold Medal 
2006
President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue possible military coup. 
2007
27th Golden Raspberry Awards: Basic Instinct 2 wins 
2008
Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years. 
2008
80th Academy Awards - "No Country for Old Men," Daniel Day-Lewis & Marion Cotillard win 
2010
Sachin Tendulkar scored the the first double century in One Day International cricket. 
2010
Europe risks a double-dip recession after bad results emerge from France, Germany and Italy, it is reported today; the Eurozone only grew by 0.1% in the last quarter of 2009 
2011
Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103). 
2013
10 Chadian soldiers and 28 Muslim insurgents are killed in conflict in Adrar des Ifoghas, Mali 
2013
85th Academy Awards: "Argo," Daniel Day-Lewis & Jennifer Lawrence win 
2013
Nicos Anastasiades wins the Cypriot presidential election 
2013
Raúl Castro is elected to a second term as the President of Cuba 
2013
Jimmie Johnson wins the 2013 Daytona 500 
2014
Pope Francis creates a second Secretariat with the power to audit any Vatican agency at any time 
2014
7 people are killed & 37 are injured after a bridge collapses in Vietnam 
2014
A 4.4 billion-year-old Crystal is discovered to be the oldest known fragment from the earth's crust 
2016
Plane crashes in Nepal; all 21 on board feared dead 
2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook: Unlocking terrorist's iPhone is 'bad for America' 
2017
North Korea Accuses China of 'Mean Behavior' After It Tightens Sanctions 
2017
Kim Jong-nam Was Killed by VX Nerve Agent, Malaysians Say 
2017
Google Self-Driving Car Unit Accuses Uber of Using Stolen Technology 
2017
US reverses Obama-era move to phase out private prisons 
2017
Baidu's quarterly revenue falls 2.6 percent 
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