What happened on February 24? There are more than 280 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 24

February 24 In HistoryFebruary 24 is the 55th day of the year 2021. There are 310 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 8th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Taylor, North Dakota 58656 sunrise occured at 06:36 AM and sunset occured at 05:29 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Pisces. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 342 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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February 24: A Day In History

By Roman custom, February 24 is the day added to a leap year in the Julian calendar. The Mensis Intercalaris began on this day or the following day in intercalary years in the pre-Julian calendar. This custom still has some effect around the world; for example, with respect to name days in Hungary.

Historical Events For February 24

  • 303
    Diocletian, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire.
  • 1303
    Battle of Roslin, of the First War of Scottish Independence.
  • 1387
    King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda.
  • 1538
    Treaty of Nagyvarad between Ferdinand I and John Zápolya.
  • 1582
    Pope Gregory XIII announces the Gregorian calendar.
  • 1607
    L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, receives its première performance.
  • 1711
    The London première of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage.
  • 1803
    In Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the principle of judicial review.
  • 1809
    London’s Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.
  • 1822
    The 1st Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad, is inaugurated.
  • 1826
    The signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo marks the end of the First Burmese War.
  • 1831
    The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West.
  • 1848
    King Louis-Philippe of France abdicates the throne.
  • 1863
    Arizona is organized as a United States territory.
  • 1868
    Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the Senate.
  • 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.
  • 1881
    China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty.
  • 1895
    Revolution breaks out in Baire, a town near Santiago de Cuba, beginning the second war for Cuban independence, that ends with the Spanish-American War in 1898.
  • 1917
    World War I: The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if Mexico declares war on the United States.
  • 1918
    Estonian Declaration of Independence.
  • 1920
    The Nazi Party is founded.
  • 1942
    The Battle of Los Angeles, one of the largest documented UFO sightings in history; the event lasted into the early hours of February 26, 1942.
  • 1944
    Merrill’s Marauders: The Marauders begin their 1,000 mile journey through Japanese occupied Burma.
  • 1945
    Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted; South Vietnam recaptures Hué.
  • 1971
    The All India Forward Bloc holds an emergency central committee meeting after its chairman, Hemantha Kumar Bose, is killed 3 days earlier. P.K. Mookiah Thevar is appointed as the new chairman.
  • 1976
    Cuba: national Constitution is proclaimed.
  • 1980
    The United States Olympic Hockey team completes their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal.
  • 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.
  • 1983
    A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.
  • 1989
    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a US$3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.
  • 1989
    United Airlines Flight 811, bound for New Zealand from Honolulu, Hawaii, rips open during flight, sucking 9 passengers out of the business-class section.
  • 1996
    The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 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
    The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national convicted of murder during a botched bank robbery, in spite of Germany’s legal action to attempt to save him.
  • 2006
    Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue a possible military coup.
  • 2007
    Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
  • 2008
    Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.
  • 2011
    Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

Who Were Born On February 24?

  • 1103
    Emperor Toba of Japan (d. 1156)
  • 1304
    Ibn Battuta, Arabian explorer (d. c.1368)
  • 1463
    Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian humanist (d. 1494)
  • 1500
    Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1558)
  • 1545
    Don John of Austria, Spanish military leader (d. 1578)
  • 1557
    Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1619)
  • 1595
    Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski, Polish author and Latin Poet (d. 1640)
  • 1597
    Vincent Voiture, French poet (d. 1648)
  • 1619
    Charles Le Brun, French artist (d. 1690)
  • 1622
    Johannes Clauberg, German theologian and philosopher (d. 1665)
  • 1684
    Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (d. 1738)
  • 1693
    James Quin, English actor (d. 1766)
  • 1709
    Jacques de Vaucanson, French inventor (d. 1782)
  • 1723
    John Burgoyne, British general (d. 1792)
  • 1767
    Buddha Loetla Nabhalai, King of Siam (d. 1824)
  • 1774
    Prince Adolphus, 1st Duke of Cambridge (d. 1850)
  • 1786
    Martin W. Bates. U.S. Senator from Delaware (d. 1869)
  • 1786
    Wilhelm Grimm, German philologist and folklorist (d. 1859)
  • 1831
    Leo von Caprivi, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1899)
  • 1836
    Winslow Homer, American artist (d. 1910)
  • 1842
    Arrigo Boito, Italian composer (d. 1918)
  • 1846
    Luigi Denza, Italian composer (d. 1922)
  • 1848
    Andrew Inglis Clark, Tasmanian politician (d. 1907)
  • 1852
    George A. Moore, Irish writer (d. 1933)
  • 1866
    Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (d. 1961)
  • 1866
    Pyotr Nikolaevich Lebedev, Russian physicist (d. 1912)
  • 1874
    Honus Wagner, American baseball player (d. 1955)
  • 1877
    Ettie Rout, New Zealand activist (d. 1936)
  • 1877
    Rudolph Ganz, Swiss pianist, conductor and composer (d. 1972)
  • 1885
    Chester Nimitz, U.S. admiral (d. 1966)
  • 1885
    Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer and painter (d. 1939)
  • 1890
    Marjorie Main, American actress (d. 1975)
  • 1898
    Kurt Tank, German aeronautical engineer and test pilot (d. 1983)
  • 1903
    Vladimir Bartol, Slovene writer (d. 1967)
  • 1909
    August Derleth, American writer (d. 1971)
  • 1912
    Jiří Trnka, Czech puppet maker, illustrator, motion-picture animator and film director (d. 1969)
  • 1914
    Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (d. 2005)
  • 1914
    Weldon Kees, American poet, musician, painter (d. 1955)
  • 1914
    Zachary Scott, American actor (d. 1965)
  • 1919
    Árpád Bogsch, Hungarian turned American international civil servant (d. 2004)
  • 1919
    Betty Marsden, English comedy actress (d. 1998)
  • 1920
    Ernst Reiss, Swiss mountaineer (d. 2010)
  • 1921
    Abe Vigoda, American actor
  • 1921
    Douglass Watson, American actor (d. 1989)
  • 1921
    Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (d. 1992)
  • 1922
    Richard Hamilton, English painter
  • 1922
    Steven Hill, American actor
  • 1923
    David Soyer, American cellist (d. 2010)
  • 1924
    Erik Nielsen, Canadian politician (d. 2008)
  • 1926
    Jean Alexander, English actress
  • 1926
    John Gunther Dean, American diplomat
  • 1927
    Emmanuelle Riva, French actress
  • 1928
    Barbara Lawrence, American actress
  • 1931
    Dominic Chianese, American actor
  • 1932
    John Vernon, Canadian actor (d. 2005)
  • 1932
    Michel Legrand, French composer
  • 1933
    Judah Folkman, American cancer researcher (d. 2008)
  • 1934
    Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister of Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1934
    Linda Cristal, Argentina-born actress
  • 1934
    Renata Scotto, Italian soprano
  • 1938
    James Farentino, American actor
  • 1938
    Kathleen Margaret Richardson, Baroness Richardson of Calow, British Baroness and Methodist reverend
  • 1938
    Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer
  • 1940
    Denis Law, Scottish footballer
  • 1940
    Pete Duel, American actor (d. 1971)
  • 1941
    Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress
  • 1942
    Colin Bond, Australian racing driver
  • 1942
    Joe Lieberman, American politician
  • 1942
    Paul Jones, English singer (Manfred Mann)
  • 1943
    Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer (d. 1984)
  • 1943
    Kent Haruf, American novelist
  • 1943
    Pablo Milanés, Cuban musician
  • 1943
    Terry Semel, American business executive
  • 1944
    Nicky Hopkins, British musician (d. 1994)
  • 1945
    Barry Bostwick, American actor
  • 1946
    Grigory Margulis, Russian mathematician
  • 1946
    John Stapleton, English television presenter
  • 1947
    Edward James Olmos, American actor
  • 1947
    Mike Fratello, American basketball head coach
  • 1947
    Rupert Holmes, English musician
  • 1948
    Dennis Waterman, British actor
  • 1948
    J. Jayalalithaa, Indian politician
  • 1948
    Tim Staffell, English singer
  • 1948
    Walter Smith, Scottish football manager
  • 1950
    George Thorogood, American singer and guitarist
  • 1950
    Steve McCurry, American photojournalist
  • 1951
    Debra Jo Rupp, American actress
  • 1951
    Helen Shaver, Canadian actress
  • 1951
    Tony Holiday, German singer (d. 1990)
  • 1954
    Ann Bell, American Teacher, Entrepreneur and Children’s Book Author
  • 1955
    Alain Prost, French race car driver
  • 1955
    Eddie L. Johnson, retired American professional basketball player and sex offender
  • 1955
    Steve Jobs, American computer pioneer (d. 2011)
  • 1956
    Eddie Murray, American baseball player
  • 1956
    Judith Butler, American philosopher
  • 1956
    Paula Zahn, American journalist
  • 1956
    Peter Pagel, German footballer (d. 2010)
  • 1958
    Mark Moses, American actor
  • 1958
    Plastic Bertrand, Belgian singer
  • 1958
    Sammy Kershaw, American musician
  • 1959
    Beth Broderick, American actress
  • 1959
    Owen Gleiberman, American film critic
  • 1960
    Nick Esasky, American baseball player
  • 1962
    Michelle Shocked, American musician
  • 1962
    Outi Mäenpää, Finnish actress
  • 1962
    Teri Weigel, American pornographic actress
  • 1963
    Mike Vernon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1964
    Andy Crane, British children’s television presenter
  • 1964
    Russell Ingall, Australian racing driver
  • 1964
    Todd Field, American actor and film director
  • 1965
    Jane Swift, American politician
  • 1965
    Lloyd McGrath, former English footballer
  • 1966
    Ben Miller, English comedian, director and actor
  • 1966
    Billy Zane, American actor
  • 1966
    René Arocha, Cuban baseball player
  • 1968
    Mitch Hedberg, American comedian (d. 2005)
  • 1970
    Jeff Garcia, American football player
  • 1970
    Jonathan Ward, American television and movie actor
  • 1970
    Kienast quintuplets, American quintuplets
  • 1971
    Brian Savage, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1971
    Josh Bernstein, American explorer and television host
  • 1971
    Pedro de la Rosa, Spanish Formula One driver
  • 1972
    Manon Rhéaume, Canadian female ice hockey player
  • 1973
    Alexei Kovalev, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1973
    Chris Fehn, American percussionist (Slipknot)
  • 1973
    Christína Papadáki, Greek tennis player
  • 1973
    Richard Clapp, Canadian baseball player
  • 1973
    Yordan Yovchev, Bulgarian gymnast
  • 1974
    Bonnie Somerville, American actress and singer
  • 1974
    Chad Hugo, American musician (N*E*R*D) and producer (The Neptunes)
  • 1974
    Karim Bagheri, Iranian footballer
  • 1974
    Mike Lowell, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1975
    Ashley MacIsaac, Canadian fiddler
  • 1975
    Maurizio Giuliano, writer and traveller
  • 1976
    Bradley McGee, Australian cyclist
  • 1976
    Crista Flanagan, American comedian
  • 1976
    Eric Griffin, American rock guitarist
  • 1976
    Marco Campos, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1995)
  • 1976
    Matt Skiba, American musician (Alkaline Trio, Heavens)
  • 1976
    Zach Johnson, American golfer
  • 1977
    Bronson Arroyo, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Floyd Mayweather Jr, American boxer
  • 1977
    Jason Akermanis, Australian footballer
  • 1977
    Jay Kenneth Johnson, American actor
  • 1978
    John Nolan, American musician (Straylight Run)
  • 1978
    Shinya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • 1979
    Claire Cooper, English actress
  • 1979
    Jesse Billauer, American quadriplegic surfer
  • 1980
    Anton Maiden, Swedish rock music fan (d. 2003)
  • 1980
    Roman Sloudnov, Russian swimmer
  • 1980
    Shinsuke Nakamura, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1981
    Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player
  • 1981
    Mauro Rosales, Argentinian footballer
  • 1981
    Mohammad Sami, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1982
    Emanuel Villa, Argentine footballer
  • 1982
    Fala Chen, Chinese-American actress and beauty pageant titleholder
  • 1982
    Kevin O'Neill, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1982
    Klára Zakopalová, Czech tennis player
  • 1982
    Nick Blackburn, American baseball player
  • 1984
    Clivio Piccione, Monegasque racing driver
  • 1984
    Sterling James Keenan, American professional wrestler
  • 1985
    Britney Stevens, American pornographic actress
  • 1986
    Wojtek Wolski, Polish/Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1987
    Chieko Kawabe, Japanese singer, model and actress
  • 1987
    Kim Kyu Jong, Korean singer (SS501)
  • 1987
    Mayuko Iwasa, Japanese entertainer and model
  • 1989
    Kosta Koufos, American basketball player
  • 1989
    Trace Cyrus, American musician
  • 1991
    Madison Hubbell, American ice dancer
  • 1994
    Earl Sweatshirt, American rapper part of the collective OFWGKTA

Who Died On February 24?

  • 616
    King Ethelbert of Kent
  • 1525
    Guillaume Gouffier, seigneur de Bonnivet, French soldier
  • 1563
    Francis, Duke of Guise, French soldier and politician (b. 1519)
  • 1588
    Johann Weyer, Dutch physician and occultist
  • 1666
    Nicholas Lanier, English composer (b. 1588)
  • 1674
    Matthias Weckmann, German composer (b. 1616)
  • 1685
    Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Carlisle, English politician and military leader (b. 1629)
  • 1704
    Marc-Antoine Charpentier, French composer (b. 1643)
  • 1714
    Edmund Andros, English governor in North America (b. 1637)
  • 1721
    John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, English statesman and poet (b. 1648)
  • 1732
    Colonel Francis Charteris, known as “The Rape-Master General”. (b. 1675)
  • 1777
    King Joseph I of Portugal (b. 1714)
  • 1779
    Paul Daniel Longolius, German encyclopedist (b. 1704)
  • 1781
    Edward Capell, English critic (b. 1713)
  • 1799
    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, German physicist (b. 1742)
  • 1810
    Henry Cavendish, English scientist (b. 1731)
  • 1812
    Etienne-Louis Malus, French physicist and mathematician (b. 1775)
  • 1815
    Robert Fulton, American inventor (b. 1765)
  • 1824
    Sir Albemarle Bertie, 1st Baronet, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1755)
  • 1825
    Thomas Bowdler, English physician and editor (b. 1754)
  • 1856
    Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1792)
  • 1876
    Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia (b. 1809)
  • 1879
    Shiranui Kōemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 11th Yokozuna (b. 1825)
  • 1914
    Joshua Chamberlain, Civil War hero for the Union on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg (b. 1828)
  • 1925
    Hjalmar Branting, Prime Minister of Sweden, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1860)
  • 1927
    Sir Edward Marshall Hall, English barrister (b. 1858)
  • 1929
    André Messager, French composer and conductor (b. 1853)
  • 1953
    Gerd von Rundstedt, German field marshal (b. 1875)
  • 1970
    Conrad Nagel, American actor (b. 1897)
  • 1975
    Nikolai Bulganin, Premier of the Soviet Union (b. 1895)
  • 1982
    Virginia Bruce, American actress and singer (b. 1910)
  • 1984
    Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (b. 1912)
  • 1986
    Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician (b. 1904)
  • 1987
    Jim Connors, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  • 1989
    Sparky Adams, American baseball player (b. 1894)
  • 1990
    Johnnie Ray, American singer (b. 1927)
  • 1990
    Malcolm Forbes, American publisher (b. 1917)
  • 1990
    Sandro Pertini, Italian politician (b. 1896)
  • 1990
    Tony Conigliaro, American baseball player (b. 1945)
  • 1991
    George Gobel, American comedian (b. 1919)
  • 1991
    John Daly, South African game show host (b. 1914)
  • 1991
    Webb Pierce, American music singer (b. 1921)
  • 1993
    Bobby Moore, English footballer (b. 1941)
  • 1993
    Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (b. 1917)
  • 1994
    Dinah Shore, American actress and singer (b. 1916)
  • 1994
    Jean Sablon, French singer (b. 1906)
  • 1998
    Antonio Prohías, Cuban-born cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • 1998
    Clara Fraser, American feminist and activist (b. 1923)
  • 1998
    Henny Youngman, English-born comedian (b. 1906)
  • 1999
    Andre Dubus, American writer (b. 1936)
  • 1999
    David Eccles, 1st Viscount Eccles, British politician and peer (b. 1904)
  • 1999
    Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader (b. 1916)
  • 2001
    Claude E. Shannon, American information theorist (b. 1916)
  • 2001
    Theodore Marier, KCSG, American composer, founder of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School (b. 1912)
  • 2002
    Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • 2002
    Leo Ornstein, Russian-born composer and pianist (b. 1912)
  • 2003
    Bernard Loiseau, French chef (b. 1951)
  • 2003
    John Edward Christopher Hill, English historian (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    John Randolph, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 2006
    Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
  • 2006
    Dennis Weaver, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2006
    Don Knotts, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2006
    John Martin, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • 2006
    Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)
  • 2007
    Bruce Bennett, American actor (b. 1906)
  • 2007
    Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 2007
    Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935)
  • 2007
    Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (b. 1932)
  • 2008
    Larry Norman, American musician, singer, songwriter and producer (b. 1947)
  • 2009
    C. R. Johnson, American freestyle skier (b. 1983)
  • 2011
    Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics (b. 1929)

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