On This Day

On This Day in History for February 24 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1968 US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam
  • 1969 Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby to study planet's atmosphere
  • 1969 Northern Ireland Stormont parliament elections are held; the Unionist party fragments into 'Official Unionist' and 'Unofficial Unionist'
  • 1970 29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland)
  • 1970 Heintje Simons (14) wins 7 gold records
  • 1971 Algeria nationalizes 51 percent of French oil concessions
  • 1974 Pakistan officially recognizes Bangladesh
  • 1976 Cuba adopts its constitution
  • 1976 Jules Feiffer's "Knock Knock" premieres in NYC

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1976 Leonid Brezhnev opens 25th congress of CPSU

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev

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1977 US President Jimmy Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1979 Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
  • 1979 War between North & South Yemen begins

HeartEngagement of Interest

1981 Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 1981 Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower
  • 1981 An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Athens, killing 16 people and destroying buildings in several towns west of the city.

  • 1983 Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time
  • 1983 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1983 A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.
  • 1984 Iraq resumes air attack on Iran
  • 1985 Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King of Nepal
  • 1985 Jim Kelly (Houston USFL) passes for pro football record 574 yds
  • 1986 Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million
  • 1988 South African apartheid regime bans the UDF
  • 1988 US Supreme Court votes 8-0 Jerry Falwell cannot collect for Hustler parody
  • 1989 150 million year old fossil egg found in Utah with a fossilized dinosaur embryo inside, the oldest dinosaur egg yet found in the Northern Hemisphere
  • 1989 US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die
  • 1989 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1991 US-led forces begin Operation Desert Sabre, the ground invasion of southern Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait
  • 1995 The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.
  • 1996 Cuba downs 2 US planes
  • 1996 The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.

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1997 Deng Xiaoping the former paramount leader of China is cremated five days after he passed away

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • 1997 South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp
  • 1997 Qatar inaugurates the world's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting facility and formally launches Qatar Liquefied Gas Co.
  • 1999 The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him.

  • 1999 A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People's Republic of China, killing 61.

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2006 President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue possible military coup.

14th President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
14th President of the Philippines
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

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2008 Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba due to ill health after nearly fifty years

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 2010 Europe risks a double-dip recession after bad results emerge from France, Germany and Italy, it is reported today; the Eurozone only grew by 0.1% in the last quarter of 2009
  • 2011 Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).
  • 2013 10 Chadian soldiers and 28 Muslim insurgents are killed in conflict in Adrar des Ifoghas, Mali
  • 2013 Nicos Anastasiades wins the Cypriot presidential election

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2013 Raúl Castro is elected to a second term as the President of Cuba

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro

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2014 Pope Francis creates a second Secretariat with the power to audit any Vatican agency at any time

  • 2014 7 people are killed & 37 are injured after a bridge collapses in Vietnam
  • 2014 A 4.4 billion-year-old Crystal is discovered to be the oldest known fragment from the earth's crust
  • 2016 Oldest Muslim graves in Europe, from the 8th century, identified at a burial site in Nimes, France
  • 2018 UN Security Council passes resolution for 30 day ceasefire in Syria
  • 2019 At least 133 people have died and 200 treated in hospital after drinking toxic bootleg alcohol in Golaghat district, north-eastern India
  • 2019 Roman Catholic Church summit on paedophilia ends with Pope Francis promising more action and calling those guilty "tools of Satan"

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2020 Malaysia's 94-year old Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns only to be reinstated later in the day as interim Prime Minister

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir bin Mohamad

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2020 US President Donald Trump begins a 2 day trip to India meeting Indian PM Narendra Modi

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2020 New York firefighter Daniel Foley, who found his brother's body in ruins of World Trade Center, dies of cancer bringing first responders death toll to 343
  • 2020 Scientists identify the first animal that doesn't need oxygen to breathe - a tiny parasite living in salmon tissue, reported in journal PNAS
  • 2021 United Nations-backed COVAX initiative begins delivering vaccines to middle and low income countries with first AstraZeneca shipment to Ghana

Birthdays in History

  • 1977 Jason Akermanis, Australian rules footballer
  • 1978 Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, Brazilian mixed-martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1987 Daniel Reilly, British entrepreneur
  • 1990 Ryan Swain, English presenter (Minister FM), born in Malton, England

Weddings in History


Deaths in History