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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for February 24th

  • Year 303 » Galerius publishes his edict that begins the Diocletianic Persecution e.g persecution of Christians in his portion of the Roman Empire.
  • Year 484 » King Huneric removes the Christian bishops from their offices and banished some to Corsica. A few are martyred, including former proconsul Victorian, Frumentius and Companions called Victorian along with Frumentius and other merchants. They are killed at
  • Year 1303 » Battle of Roslin, of the First War of Scottish Independence.
  • Year 1387 » King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda.
  • Year 1525 » Spanish-Imperial army defeat French army at Battle of Pavia.
  • Year 1538 » Treaty of Nagyvárad between Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor named Ferdinand I and John Zápolya.
  • Year 1582 » Pope Gregory XIII announces the Gregorian calendar.
  • Year 1711 » The London première of 'Rinaldo (opera) called Rinaldo' by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage.
  • Year 1803 » In 'Marbury v. Madison', the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the principle of judicial review.
  • Year 1822 » The first Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad, is inaugurated.
  • Year 1826 » The signing of the Treaty of Yandabo marks the end of the First Anglo-Burmese War.
  • Year 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.
  • Year 1848 » List of French monarchs or King Louis-Philippe of France abdicates the throne.
  • Year 1863 » Arizona is organized as a Political divisions of the United States called United States territory.
  • Year 1868 » Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be Impeachment of Andrew Johnson or impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the United States Senate known as Senate.
  • Year 1875 » The SS known as 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.
  • Year 1881 » China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty.
  • Year 1895 » Revolution breaks out in Baire, a town near Santiago de Cuba, beginning the Cuban War of Independence, that ends with the Spanish–American War in 1898.
  • Year 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.
  • Year 1918 » Estonian Declaration of Independence.
  • Year 1920 » The Nazi Party is founded.
  • Year 1942 » The Battle of Los Angeles, one of the largest documented UFO sightings in history; the event lasted into the early hours of February 25.
  • Year 1942 » An order-in-council passed under the Defence of Canada Regulations of the War Measures Act gives the Government of Canada named Canadian federal government the power to Japanese Canadian internment called intern all "persons of Japanese racial origin".
  • Year 1945 » Egyptian Premier Ahmad Mahir Pasha is killed in Parliament of Egypt called Parliament after reading a decree.
  • Year 1968 » Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted; South Vietnam recaptures Hué.
  • Year 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.
  • Year 1976 » Cuba: Constitution of Cuba 1976 Constitution named national Constitution is proclaimed.
  • Year 1980 » The United States Ice hockey at the Olympic Games named Olympic Hockey team completes their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal.
  • Year 1981 » An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter magnitude scale or Richter scale hits Athens, killing 16 people and destroying buildings in several towns west of the city.
  • Year 1983 » A special commission of the United States Congress known as U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese American internment known as Japanese internment during World War II.
  • Year 1984 » Tyrone Mitchell perpetrates the 49th Street Elementary School shooting in Los Angeles, killing two children and injuring 12 more.
  • Year 1989 » Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a US$3 million The Satanic Verses controversy e.g bounty for the death of 'The Satanic Verses' author Salman Rushdie.
  • Year 1989 » United Airlines Flight 811, bound for New Zealand from Honolulu, rips open during flight, blowing 9 passengers out of the business-class section.
  • Year 1996 » The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Year 2006 » President of the Philippines or Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a 2006 state of emergency in the Philippines e.g state of emergency in attempt to subdue a possible military coup.
  • Year 2007 » Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
  • Year 2008 » Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.
  • Year 2011 » Final Launch of Space Shuttle 'Space Shuttle Discovery or Discovery' (OV-103).

World History for the Month of February