February 24 Events in History - February 24 Birthdays - February 24 Deaths
2015 U.S. President Barack Obama vetoes the Keystone XL project, which would extend the existing Keystone pipeline and connect Canadian oil directly to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries; environmentalists claim the pipeline extension will add to climate change
2014 29-term U.S. Rep. John Dingell announces that he will retire at the end of his current term; the 87-year-old congressman says that his health is fine, but the hostile climate in Congress means that he can no longer do his job effectively
2014 Researchers report that taking acetaminophen during pregnancy can increase the risk of ADHD diagnoses as the babies mature; taking acetaminophen in the first trimester has the lowest risk at 9%, but there is a 63% likelihood of the condition in babies if the drug is taken in the last two trimesters
2013 In Los Angeles, California, the 85th Academy Awards is held; 'Argo' wins best picture, Ang Lee wins for best director, Daniel Day-Lewis wins for best actor, and Jennifer Lawrence wins for best actress
2013 In Greece, Nicos Anastasiades, leader of Cyprus's main opposition Disy party, wins the Presidential race
2012 After a power struggle within his government, Haiti's prime minister Garry Conille resigns
2012 The IAEA reports that Iran has been expanding its nuclear activities
2011 Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh orders the country's security forces to protect protesters
2011 In Libya, Anti-Gaddafi forces claim to have gained control Zuara, a town located west of Tripoli
2010 Tengzhong's bid to purchase Hummer from General Motors is rejected by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China
2008 Fidel Castro resigns as President of Cuba, his brother Raul Castro is unanimously elected
2002 XIX Winter Olympics closes in Salt Lake City Utah/Quebec City
1999 41st Grammy Awards, Celine Dion, Lauryn Hill and Eric Clapton win major awards
1998 Elton John knighted
1998 NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accomodate the Olympics
1997 Deng Xiaoping, leader of China, cremated (died Feb 19th)
1997 South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp
1996 Cuba downs 2 U.S. planes
1996 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Cup o' Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1995 Dow-Jones hits record 4011.74
1994 Scoreboard is unveiled at new Cleveland Indians' park (Jacobs Field)
1993 35th Grammy Awards: Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton wins
1991 "Those Were The Days" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 126 performances
1991 End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) 1st draft
1991 U.S. and allies begin a ground war assault on Iraqi troops
1990 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiia Ladies Golf Open
1989 150-million-year-old fossil egg found
1989 Harold E. Ballard sells CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley
1989 Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife
1989 U.S. Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die
1989 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1989 Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers $1M-$3M bounty on Salman Rushdie's death due to his novel, "Satanic Verses"
1988 Matti Nykanen becomes winter olympics 1st triple gold medalist
1988 South African apartheid regime bans the UDF
1987 29th Grammy Awards: Higher Love, Graceland, Bruce Hornsby wins
1987 Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point
1987 Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack
1986 Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million
1986 Voyager 2, 1st Uranus flyby
1985 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Circle K Golf Open Tucson
1985 Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King of Nepal
1985 Jim Kelly (Houston USFL) passes for pro football record 574 yards
1985 Yul Brynner reprised his role in "The King and I"
1984 Iraq resumes air attack on Iran
1983 Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time
1983 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1982 24th Grammy Awards: Betty Davis Eyes, Double Fantasy wins
1982 Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92
1981 Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
1981 Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer
1981 Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower
1980 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater New York City after 16 performances
1980 Joanne Carner Ladies wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
1980 Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders
1980 USA Olympic hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to win the gold medal
1979 Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
1979 War between North and South Yemen begins
1978 Kevin Porter, New Jersey, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game
1977 President Carter announces U.S. foreign aid will consider human rights
1976 Cuba adopts its constitution
1976 Jules Feiffer's "Knock Knock," premieres in New York City
1976 Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU
1974 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater
1974 Pakistan officially recognizes Bangladesh
1971 Algeria nationalizes French oil companies
1970 29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland)
1970 Heintje Simons (14) wins 7 gold records
1970 KVDO TV channel 3 in Salem, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
1969 Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby
1968 "Darling of the Day" closes at George Abbott New York City after 31 performances
1968 1st pulsar discovered (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)
1968 Discovery of 1st pulsar announced
1968 Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games
1968 Jocelyn Bell discovers 1st pulsar
1968 U.S. troops reconquer Hue Vietnam
1966 Coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana
1966 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1965 Beatles begin filming "Help" in Bahamas
1965 East German president Ulbricht visits Egypt
1962 "New Faces of '62" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 28 performances
1962 "Sail Away" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 167 performances
1962 General mobilization in Indonesia over New-Guinea
1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1961 Explorer 10 fails to reach Earth orbit
1960 Italian government of Segni falls
1960 U.S. beats Germany in Olympic hockey finals round, 9-1
1955 "Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 461 performances
1955 Pact of Baghdad between Iraq and Turkey signed
1952 Betty MacKinnon and Sam Snead wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
1951 "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 84 performances
1951 Ice Pairs Championship at Milan won by Ria Baran and Paul Falk of GER
1951 Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Milan won by Jeanette Altwegg of GRB
1951 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Richard Button USA
1950 Labour wins British parliamentary election
1949 Israel and Egypt sign an armistice agreement
1949 V-2/WAC-Corporal 1st rocket to outer space, White Sands, NM, 400 km
1948 Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia
1946 Juan Peron elected President of Argentina
1945 Egypt and Syria declares war on nazi-Germany
1945 Manila freed from Japanese
1945 Nazi occupiers begin state of siege
1944 Argentina coup by Juan Peron minister of war
1943 General-major Bradley flies to Algiers
1943 Texas League announces it will quit for the duration of WW II
1942 Voice of America begins broadcasting (in German)
1941 43 Geuzen resistance fighter trial opens in the Hague
1941 Anti nazi meeting at Noordermarkt Amsterdam
1940 Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star"
1939 Roy Harris' 3rd Symphony, premieres in Boston
1938 Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles
1937 1st U.S. group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Washington, D.C.
1933 Final demonstration of German Communist Party in Berlin
1933 League of Nations tells Japanese to pull out of Manchuria
1932 Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (253.96 mph) at Daytona
1927 John Golden Theater (Theatre Masque) opens at 252 W 45th St. New York City
1925 Thermit explosive 1st used to break up ice jam, Waddington, New York
1924 Greek parliament proclaims republic
1924 Johnny Weissmuller, swims 100m record (57 2/5 seconds)
1924 Mahatma Gandhi released from jail
1923 Flying Scotsman goes into service
1923 Mass arrests in U.S. of mafia
1921 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hours flying time arrives Florida
1920 NSDAP begins at Hofbrauhaus Munich
1920 Peace treaty gives Estonia independence
1918 Estonia declares independence from Russia
1917 German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)
1917 Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleveland for $15,000
1917 Russian revolution breaks out
1914 Frank Craven's "Too Many Cooks," premieres in New York City
1905 Simplon tunnel in Switzerland completed
1903 U.S. signs agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay Cuba
1902 Battle at Yzer Spruit: Boer general De la Rey beats British
1896 Victoria all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15 Jarvis 4-27
1895 Cuban war for independence begins
1894 Nicaragua captures Tegucigalpa, Honduras (National Day, sort of)
1891 French troops under captain Archinard occupy Diena West Sudan
1888 Louisville, Kentucky becomes 1st government in U.S. to adopt Australian ballot
1881 De Lesseps' Co begins work on Panama Canal
1876 Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt," premieres in Oslo
1868 1st U.S. parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile Alabama)
1868 House of Representatives vote 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew Johnson
1863 Arizona Territory created
1863 Forrest's raid on Brentwood, Tennessee
1857 1st perforated U.S. postage stamps delivered to government
1857 Los Angeles Vineyard Society organized
1855 U.S. Court of Claims forms for cases against government
1848 King Louis-Philippe abdicates, 2nd French republic declared
1839 Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia
1836 3,000 Mexicans attack 182 Texans at Alamo, lasts 13 days
1835 Siwinowe Kesibwi (Shawnee Sun) is 1st Indian lang monthly mag
1821 Mexico gains independence from Spain
1807 17 die and 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty and Elizabeth Godfrey in England
1803 Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury vs. Madison)
1793 French troops conquer Breda
1786 Charles Cornwallis appointed governor-general of India
1779 George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes (Ind) from British
1711 Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres, London
1708 Prince Johan Willem Friso sworn in as viceroy of Groningen
1613 English princess Elizabeth marries earl Frederik of Palts
1607 Claudio Monteverdi's opera "Orfeo," premieres in Mantua
1597 Flemish painter Frederick of Valckenborch becomes porter of Frankfurt-on-Main
1582 Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar
1552 Privileges of Hanseatic League in England are abrogated
1541 Santiago, Chile founded by Pedro de Valvidia (or 2/12)
1538 King Ferdinand of Austria and King Janos Zapolyai of Hungary sign Peace of Grosswardein
1530 1st imperial coronation by a Pope, Charles V crowned by Clement V
1528 Hungarian anti-king Janos Zapolyai and Sultan Suleiman signs treaty
1527 Ferdinand of Austria crowned as king of Bohemia
1525 Battle at Pavia: Emperor Karel V's troops beat French king
1525 Imperial forces defeat French in battle of Pavia
1510 Pope Julius II excommunicates the republic of Venice
1496 England's Henry VII ends commercial dispute with Flanders
1389 Battle at Falkoping: Danes defeat King Albert of Sweden
1296 Pope Boniface VIII degree Clericis Iaicos
1208 St. Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy
303 1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued