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Events and People Who Made History on February 24

4th Century

303 - 1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued

13th Century

1208 - St. Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy
1296 - Pope Boniface VIII degree Clericis Iaicos

14th Century

1389 - Battle at Falkoping: Danes defeat King Albert of Sweden

15th Century

1496 - England's Henry VII ends commercial dispute with Flanders

16th Century

1510 - Pope Julius II excommunicates the republic of Venice
1525 - Battle at Pavia: Emperor Karel V's troops beat French king
1525 - Imperial forces defeat French in battle of Pavia
1527 - Ferdinand of Austria crowned as king of Bohemia
1528 - Hungarian anti-king Janos Zapolyai and Sultan Suleiman signs treaty
1530 - 1st imperial coronation by a Pope, Charles V crowned by Clement V
1538 - King Ferdinand of Austria and King Janos Zapolyai of Hungary sign Peace of Grosswardein
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

17th Century

1607 - Claudio Monteverdi's opera "Orfeo," premieres in Mantua
1613 - English princess Elizabeth marries earl Frederik of Palts

18th Century

1708 - Prince Johan Willem Friso sworn in as viceroy of Groningen
1711 - Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres, London
1779 - George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes (Ind) from British
1786 - Charles Cornwallis appointed governor-general of India
1793 - French troops conquer Breda

19th Century

1803 - Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury vs. Madison)
1807 - 17 die and 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty and Elizabeth Godfrey in England
1821 - Mexico gains independence from Spain
1835 - Siwinowe Kesibwi (Shawnee Sun) is 1st Indian lang monthly mag
1836 - 3,000 Mexicans attack 182 Texans at Alamo, lasts 13 days
1839 - Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia
1848 - King Louis-Philippe abdicates, 2nd French republic declared
1855 - U.S. Court of Claims forms for cases against government
1857 - 1st perforated U.S. postage stamps delivered to government
1857 - Los Angeles Vineyard Society organized
1863 - Arizona Territory created
1863 - Forrest's raid on Brentwood, Tennessee
1868 - 1st U.S. parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile Alabama)
1868 - House of Representatives vote 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew Johnson
1876 - Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt," premieres in Oslo
1881 - De Lesseps' Co begins work on Panama Canal
1888 - Louisville, Kentucky becomes 1st government in U.S. to adopt Australian ballot
1891 - French troops under captain Archinard occupy Diena West Sudan
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

20th Century

1902 - Battle at Yzer Spruit: Boer general De la Rey beats British
1903 - U.S. signs agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay Cuba
1905 - Simplon tunnel in Switzerland completed
1914 - Frank Craven's "Too Many Cooks," premieres in New York City
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 Cleveland for $15,000
1917 - Russian revolution breaks out
1918 - Estonia declares independence from Russia
1920 - NSDAP begins at Hofbrauhaus Munich
1920 - Peace treaty gives Estonia independence
1921 - 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hours flying time arrives Florida
1923 - Flying Scotsman goes into service
1923 - Mass arrests in U.S. of mafia
1924 - Greek parliament proclaims republic
1924 - Johnny Weissmuller, swims 100m record (57 2/5 seconds)
1924 - Mahatma Gandhi released from jail
1925 - Thermit explosive 1st used to break up ice jam, Waddington, New York
1927 - John Golden Theater (Theatre Masque) opens at 252 W 45th St. New York City
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 U.S. group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Washington, D.C.
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)
1943 - General-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 and Syria declares war on nazi-Germany
1945 - Manila freed from Japanese
1945 - Nazi occupiers begin state of siege
1946 - Juan Peron elected President of Argentina
1948 - Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia
1949 - Israel and Egypt sign an armistice agreement
1949 - V-2/WAC-Corporal 1st rocket to outer space, White Sands, NM, 400 km
1950 - Labour wins British parliamentary election
1951 - "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 84 performances
1951 - Ice Pairs Championship at Milan won by Ria Baran and 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 and Sam Snead wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
1955 - Pact of Baghdad between Iraq and Turkey signed
1955 - "Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 461 performances
1960 - Italian government of Segni falls
1960 - U.S. beats Germany in Olympic hockey finals round, 9-1
1961 - Explorer 10 fails to reach Earth orbit
1962 - General mobilization in Indonesia over New-Guinea
1962 - "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 28 performances
1962 - "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 167 performances
1962 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 - Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston for the heavyweight boxing title
1965 - Beatles begin filming "Help" in Bahamas
1965 - East German president Ulbricht visits Egypt
1966 - Coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana
1966 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968 - 1st pulsar discovered (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)
1968 - "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott New York City after 31 performances
1968 - Discovery of 1st pulsar announced
1968 - Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games
1968 - Jocelyn Bell discovers 1st pulsar
1968 - U.S. troops reconquer Hue Vietnam
1969 - Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby
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 French oil companies
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 New York City
1976 - Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU
1977 - President Carter announces U.S. 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 and South Yemen begins
1980 - "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater New York City 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 - Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
1981 - Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer
1981 - Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower
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 - U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
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 yards
1985 - Yul Brynner reprised his role in "The King and 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 - Los Angeles 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
1989 - 150-million-year-old fossil egg found
1989 - Harold E. Ballard sells CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley
1989 - Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers $1M-$3M bounty on Salman Rushdie's death due to his novel, "Satanic Verses"
1989 - Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife
1989 - U.S. Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die
1989 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1990 - Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiia Ladies Golf Open
1991 - End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) 1st draft
1991 - "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 126 performances
1991 - U.S. and 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 Cleveland Indians' park (Jacobs Field)
1995 - Dow-Jones hits record 4011.74
1996 - Cuba downs 2 U.S. planes
1996 - Meg Mallon wins LPGA Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1997 - Deng Xiaoping, leader of China, cremated (died Feb 19th)
1997 - South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp
1998 - Elton John knighted
1998 - NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accomodate the Olympics
1999 - 41st Grammy Awards, Celine Dion, Lauryn Hill and Eric Clapton win major awards

21st Century

2002 - XIX Winter Olympics closes in Salt Lake City Utah/Quebec City
2008 - Fidel Castro resigns as President of Cuba, his brother Raul Castro is unanimously elected


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