24 FEBRUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Spain, 1500
  • Catherine I, Empress of Russia, 1684
  • Wilhelm Carl Grimm, 1786
  • Winslow Homer, 1836
  • Honus Wagner, 1874
  • Admiral Chester Nimitz, 1885
  • Marjorie Main, 1890
  • Zachary Scott, 1914
  • Abe Vigoda, 1921
  • Mark Lane, 1927
  • Michel LeGrand, 1932
  • Renata Scotto, 1936
  • James Farentino, 1938
  • Barry Bostwick, 1942
  • Rupert Holmes, 1947
  • Edward James Olmos, 1947
  • Steve Jobs, 1955
  • Paula Zahn, 1956
  • Keinast quints, 1970
  • Floyd Mayweather, 1977

Died On This Day:

  • Pepin the Short of Gaul, AD 786
  • Georg Lichtenberg, 1799
  • Henry Cavendish, 1810
  • Robert Fulton, 1815
  • Thomas Coutts, 1822
  • Thomas Bowdler, 1825
  • Malcolm Forbes, 1990
  • George Gobel, 1991
  • Dinah Shore, 1994
  • Henny Youngman, 1998
  • Enoch Powell, 1998
  • Dennis Weaver, 2006
  • Don Knotts, 2006

Today's Events:

  • AD 303 - First official Roman edict for the persecution of Christians issued by Galerius Valerius Macimianus.
  • 1525 - Charles V of Spain beats Francis I of France at Battle of Pavia in Italy in first Franco-Habsburg War
  • 1582 - Pope Gregory XIII issues declaration that Julian Calendar ceases to exist on October 4.
  • 1821 - Mexico declares independence from Spain.
  • 1857 - First perforated postage stamps issued in America-1˘ blue with Benjamin Franklin's face.
  • 1863 - Arizona organized as a territory of the U.S., separated from the Territory of New Mexico.
  • 1868 - President Andrew Johnson impeached because of radical Republican opposition to Reconstruction.
  • 1895 - Cubans revolt against Spanish rule.
  • 1909 - Hudson Motor Car Company founded by Joseph Hudson in Detroit, Michigan, incorporated.
  • 1920 - German Worker's Party publishes attack against Jews, landowners, capitalists; leader Adolf Hitler.
  • 1923 - Flying Scotsman enters service - first train to reach 100mph under steam traction.
  • 1966 - Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana deposed in military coup.
  • 1983 - Dow Jones industrial average closes above 1100 for the first time.
  • 2008 - Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways becomes first airline to fly a biofuelled Boeing 747 from London to Amsterdam.
  • 2013 - Daniel Day-Lewis becomes first actor to win Best Actor Oscar three times for his performance as Abe Lincoln.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Matthias
  • Montanus and Lucius

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • PRESIDENT'S DAY 3rd Monday in February observing births of Washington & Lincoln
  • SHROVE TUESDAY (or Fat Tuesday). Day before Ash Wednesday. Also called Fasnacht (eve of the fast) in Germany and Austria, Carnival (farewell to meat) in Italy, Mardi Gras in Brazil and U.S., Street Urchins' Carnival in Denmark & Pancake Tuesday in Britain.
  • ASH WEDNESDAY, moveable feast day celebrated 40 days (ex-Sundays) before Easter.
  • PURIM or Feast of Lots (Jewish), celebrated on 14th or 15th of lunar month Adar.
  • HOLI (Hindu festival of Spring and Vernal Fire)
  • HOLA MOHALLA, Sikh Festival celebrated in India
  • LENT, called Careme in France, Quaresima in Italy and the Great Fast in Eastern Orthodoxy. (between Feb and April)
  • SUNDAY OF THE GREAT FIRES, first Sunday in Lent.
  • CARLING SUNDAY, fifth Sunday in Lent celebrated in Britain
  • MAHA SHIVARATRI, Hindu Festival of the Night of Shiva, celebrated mid-February
  • TENG CHIEH, Feast of lanterns in China (Fifteenth day of the First Moon)
  • CHINESE NEW YEAR celebrated all over the world in February
  • SUPER BOWL SUNDAY - first Sunday in February from 2004

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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