This Day in History – February 24

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February 24

We always tend to look for the future and think for hours and hours about what the future beholds for us all. In fact, some do even imagine what this day will bring the next or the following years into their lives. But have you ever thought it to be reversed? Have you thought about what this day was and what all happened around the world on this day of February 24 in history? Here, in this blog, we have listed out some of the major events that happened on this day in history- February 24.

What Happened In India On February 24?

February 24
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2019: Bootleg alcohol consumed 
Almost 133 people died and 200 were treated in hospital after drinking toxic bootleg alcohol in Golaghat district, north-east India, on February 24, 2019.
2020: Trump in India 
US President Donald Trump begins a two-day trip to India to meet Indian PM Narendra Modi.

What Happened Around The World On February 24? 

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1510: Republic of Venice
On 24 February 1510, the Republic of Venice was excommunicated by Pope Julius II.
1525: Annihilation of Army of Francis
The Habsburg Emperor Charles V’s armies annihilated the army of Francis I of France in the Battle of Pavia.
1528: Treaty signed
János Szapolyai, divisive king of Hungary, and Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent sign treaty on February 24, 1528.
1541: Santiago founded
Santiago, Chile, was founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
1582: Gregorian calendar revealed
Pope Gregory XIII revealed on February 24, 1582, the New Style (Gregorian) calendar.
1711: ‘Rinaldo’ premiered
The opera “Rinaldo” by George Frideric Handel premiered at the Haymarket Theatre in London.
1739: Battle of Karnal 
The Battle of Karnal pitted the occupying forces of Nādir Shah of Iran against Muhammad Shah, India’s Mughal emperor, on February 24, 1739.
1803: Congress act ruled as unconstitutional 
The US Supreme Court ruled an act of Congress unconstitutional in Marbury v. Madison, thus creating the doctrine of judicial review.
1836: Winslow Homer born 
The famous American painter, Winslow Homer, who depicted the interaction of people and nature in his watercolours, was born in Boston.
1848: Anti monarchical revolutions 
The anti-monarchical revolutions of 1848 entered France, the one nation where the uprising was successful.
1857: Perforated postage stamps sent to the government 
The first US perforated postage stamps were sent to the government on February 24, 1857.
1868: President Andrew Johnson impeached 
The US House of Representatives voted 126-47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson, whose lenient reconstruction policies and laws toward the South after the Civil War enraged Congressional Radical Republicans.
1903: Lease agreement signed 
The United States signed a lease agreement between the United States and Cuba and acquired a naval base at the south-eastern end of Cuba at Guantanamo Bay.
1909: Hudson Motor Car Company founded
The Hudson Motor Car Company was founded on February 24, 1909.
1917: Germans exposed 
The German’s plan to get Mexican help in WW I was exposed.
1940: ‘When you wish upon a star’ recorded 
On February 24, 1940, Frances Langford recorded the song “When You Wish Upon a Star”.
1942: Voice of America broadcasted for the first time 
The Voice of America made its first broadcast, in German, to counter propaganda by Nazi leaders.
1945: Manila liberated 
During World War II, American soldiers liberated the capital of Manila from Japanese occupation.
1945: Dr Ahmed Maher Pasha assassinated 
Egyptian Prime Minister Dr Ahmed Maher Pasha was assassinated on February 24, 1945, after reading a declaration of war against the forces of the Axis.
1952: Canada won the ice hockey title 
Canada achieved the 6th Olympic ice hockey title, courtesy of a final round 3-3 tie with the US at the Oslo Winter Games.
1955: Steve Jobs was born 
Steve Jobs, the very successful American businessman who co-founded Apple Inc. was born. He was a charismatic name and face of the era of personal computers.
1966: Nuclear test conducted
On February 24, 1966, the United States carried out a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.
1968: The City of Hue recaptured
The American Marines and South Vietnamese soldiers recaptured the city of Hue from North Vietnamese forces on February 24, 1968.
1976: Constitution of Cuba adopted 
On February 24, 1976, Fidel Castro’s regime adopted the Constitution of Cuba, which ruled that only one political party, the Communist Party of Cuba, could operate in the country.
1981: Lady Diana engaged to Prince of Wales 
The Prince of Wales announced his engagement to Lady Diana Spencer on February 24, 1981, ending months of tabloid speculation.
1981: Earthquake in Athens
A 6.7 earthquake on the Richter scale had hit the city of Athens, Greece, on February 24, 1981, killing 16 and damaging several buildings in cities west of the city.
1989: US Boing lost its roof
US Boeing 747 lost its roof pieces over the Pacific on February 24, 1989, and 9 died.
1991: Persian Gulf War 
US ground operations began in the Persian Gulf War on February 24, 1991, more than a month after the air war against Iraq to liberate Iraqi-occupied Kuwait was initiated.
1999: Southern Airlines crashed 
A China Southern Airlines TupolevTU-154 airliner crashed on February 24, 1999, on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern China, killing 61.
2010: Double century scored by Sachin Tendulkar 
Sachin Tendulkar scored the first double century in One Day International cricket on February 24, 2010.
2011: Final launch of Space shuttle Discovery 
The Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery was made(OV-103).
2014: Second Secretariat created 
Pope Francis created a second Secretariat on February 24, 2013, with the power to audit any Vatican agency at any time.
2016: Oldest Muslim graves identified 
The oldest Muslim graves in Europe, from the 8th century, were identified at a burial site in Nimes, France, on February 24, 2016.
2020: Parasite identified 
Scientists identified a small parasite living in salmon tissue as the first animal that does not require oxygen to breathe and published it in the journal PNAS.

List of Important Birthdays

  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali
    Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a director, producer, screenwriter, and music director from India who is renowned for his work in Hindi cinema, especially Bollywood. 
  • Jayalalithaa
    The former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu was born on February 24, 1948, in Melukote. She was an Indian politician and also a film actress. She served six times as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for over fourteen years.
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
    Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is an Indian scholar, feminist critic, and literary theorist. She’s a university professor at the University of Columbia.
  • Steve Jobs 
    Steve Jobs, born on February 24, 1955, was an American computer entrepreneur and Apple’s co-founder.

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