- 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: The army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah.
- 1946 Juan Peron (Labor Party) first elected President of Argentina
- 2008 Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.
150-million-year-old fossil egg (oldest dinosaur embryo) found
On February 24, 1989