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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on February 24? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 24 is the 55th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 310 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 11, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,798,240 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontapentagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 360 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,526 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 24: This 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.

February 24 Historical Events

  • 303
    Diocletian, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire.
  • 1387
    King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    Merrill’s Marauders: The Marauders begin their 1,000 mile journey through Japanese occupied Burma.

Who were born on February 24?

  • 1831
    Leo von Caprivi, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1899)
  • 1885
    Chester Nimitz, U.S. admiral (d. 1966)
  • 1962
    Michelle Shocked, American musician
  • 1974
    Mike Lowell, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1987
    Mayuko Iwasa, Japanese entertainer and model

Who died on February 24?

  • 1666
    Nicholas Lanier, English composer (b. 1588)
  • 1779
    Paul Daniel Longolius, German encyclopedist (b. 1704)
  • 1990
    Sandro Pertini, Italian politician (b. 1896)
  • 1994
    Dinah Shore, American actress and singer (b. 1916)
  • 1999
    David Eccles, 1st Viscount Eccles, British politician and peer (b. 1904)

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