What happened this day in history February 24

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 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 11, 2024 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,478,880 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.

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 340 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 4,082 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

  • 1387
    King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda.
  • 1538
    Treaty of Nagyvarad between Ferdinand I and John Zápolya.
  • 1809
    London’s Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted; South Vietnam recaptures Hué.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2011
    Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

Who were born on February 24?

  • 1774
    Prince Adolphus, 1st Duke of Cambridge (d. 1850)
  • 1846
    Luigi Denza, Italian composer (d. 1922)
  • 1948
    J. Jayalalithaa, Indian politician
  • 1948
    Tim Staffell, English singer
  • 1948
    Walter Smith, Scottish football manager
  • 1950
    George Thorogood, American singer and guitarist
  • 1962
    Teri Weigel, American pornographic actress
  • 1971
    Brian Savage, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980
    Anton Maiden, Swedish rock music fan (d. 2003)
  • 1981
    Mohammad Sami, Pakistani cricketer

Who died on February 24?

  • 616
    King Ethelbert of Kent
  • 1990
    Malcolm Forbes, American publisher (b. 1917)
  • 1991
    George Gobel, American comedian (b. 1919)
  • 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)
  • 2006
    Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
  • 2006
    Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)
  • 2007
    Bruce Bennett, American actor (b. 1906)
  • 2011
    Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics (b. 1929)

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