What Happened on February 24

Significant Events

  • 303 1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued by Emperor Diocletian
  • 1525 Battle of Pavia: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V's troops beat the French. French King Francois I captured, 15,000 killed/wounded
  • 1582 Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar
  • 1739 Battle of Karnal: Army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah
  • 1821 Agustín de Iturbide and Vicente Guerrero agree to the Plan of Iguala, stating that Mexico will become a constitutional monarchy, Roman Catholicism the official religion and that Peninsulares and Creoles will enjoy equal political and social rights
  • 1868 US House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson
  • 1946 General Juan Perón first elected President of Argentina
  • 2008 Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba due to ill health after nearly fifty years
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Did You Know?

Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

On February 24, 1998

Famous Weddings

  • 1613 English princess Elizabeth marries Earl Frederik of Palts
  • 1662 English Poet and author of "Paradise Lost" John Milton marries 3rd wife Elizabeth Mynshull, 31 years his junior.
  • 1886 Inventor Thomas Edison (38) marries 2nd wife Mina Miller (20) in Akron, Ohio
  • 1934 High-ranking member of British intelligence Kim Philby (22) weds communist Litzi Friedmann in Vienna, Austria
  • 1979 NBA player Bill Walton (26) weds Susan Guth
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