On This Day for 24th February

Historical 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: 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.

Did You Know?

150-million-year-old fossil egg (oldest dinosaur embryo) found

On February 24th, 1989

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