On This Day

What Happened on February 24

Important 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 or 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
  • More Historical Events

Feb 24 in Film & TV

  • 1969 "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" film based on novel by Muriel Spark directed by Ronald Neame, starring Maggie Smith (Academy Award Best Actress) premieres in London

Feb 24 in Music

  • 1607 Claudio Monteverdi's opera "LOrfeo" premieres in Mantua, oldest opera still regularly performed

Feb 24 in Sport

Did You Know?

Scientists identify the first animal that doesn't need oxygen to breathe - a tiny parasite living in salmon tissue, reported in journal PNAS

On February 24, 2020

Would You Believe?

A 4.4 billion-year-old Crystal is discovered to be the oldest known fragment from the earth's crust

On February 24, 2014

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
More Weddings & Divorces