Friday, February 24, 2012
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
2004 Haitian coup d'état: in the lead-up to the coup, rebels in Haiti have wrested large parts of the island from government control. The capital, Port-au-Prince is still held by supporters of the president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Supporters of the president vowed to defend the city and fight to the death.
Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At least 564 people are killed in Morocco, in an earthquake of 6.1–6.5 Richter magnitude, occurring outside the tourist resort Al Hoceima in the middle of the night (0227 UTC). //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3515803.stm
Monday, February 24, 2003
In Athens, Greece, senior U.S. diplomat Brady Kiesling resigned in protest at the Bush administration's policy on Iraq.
Wednesday, February 24, 1999
Saturday, February 24, 1996
Thursday, February 24, 1994
, local police
begin excavations at 25 Cromwell Street, the home of Fred West
, a suspect in multiple murders. On February 28, he and his wife are arrested.
Wednesday, February 24, 1993
Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney resigns amidst political and economic turmoil. Kim Cbell, his successor, becomes Canada's first female Prime Minister.
Saturday, February 24, 1990
The Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic holds the first democratic election in the history of the Soviet Union.
The USSR agrees to withdraw all 73,500 troops from Czechoslovakia by July, 1991.
Wednesday, February 24, 1988
"Hustler Magazine v. Falwell": The Supreme Court of the United States sides with "Hustler" magazine by overturning a lower court decision to award Jerry Falwell $200,000 for defamation.
Wednesday, February 24, 1982
Tuesday, February 24, 1981
Saturday, February 24, 1979
Tuesday, February 24, 1976
Cuba's current constitution is enacted.
Thursday, February 24, 1972
North Vietnamese negotiators walk out of the Paris Peace Talks to protest U.S. air raids.
"Luna 20" comes back to Earth with 55 grams (1.94 oz) of lunar soil.
Saturday, February 24, 1968
Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted South Vietnam recaptures Hué.
Friday, February 24, 1967
The Chinese government announces that it has ordered the army to help in the spring seeding.
Thursday, February 24, 1966
A military coup in Ghana raises sacked General Ankrah to power while president Kwame Nkrumah is abroad.
A curfew is declared in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Monday, February 24, 1958
In Cuba, Fidel Castro's "Radio Rebelde" begins broadcasting from Sierra Maestra.
Friday, February 24, 1956
Sunday, February 24, 1946
Saturday, February 24, 1945
The Egyptian Premier Ahmad Mahir Pasha
is killed in Parliament after reading a decree.
Tuesday, February 24, 1942
The , carrying Jewish refugees from Axis-allied Romania to British-controlled Palestine, is torpedoed and sunk by the Soviet submarine "Shch 213", killing 768 men, women and children, with only one survivor, a 19 year old man, making it the largest exclusively civilian naval disaster of the war.The actual number of victims, including the ten person crew, is uncertain, although a recent study concludes it may have been as high as 791, of which 785 were Jewish.//www.jewishgen.org/databases/holocaust/0140_Struma.html#P9
Franz Collins' book "Death on the Black Sea: The Untold Story of the Struma and WWII's Holocaust at Sea", calls it simply the largest naval civilian disaster of the war. (page 255)
Propaganda: The "Voice of America" begins broadcasting.
Thursday, February 24, 1938
The Santa Ana River
in California spills over its banks during a rainy winter, killing 58 people in Orange County and causing trouble as far inland as Palm Springs.
A nylon bristle toothbrush becomes the first commercial product to be made with nylon yarn.
Sir Nevile Henderson
, British Ambassador to Germany, presents a proposal to Hitler for an international consortium to rule much of Africa (in which Germany would be assigned a leading role) in exchange for a German promise never to resort to war to change her frontiers Hitler rejects the British offer.
Tuesday, February 24, 1920
The world's first peaceful establishment of a social democratic government takes place in Sweden. Hjalmar Branting takes over when Nils Edén resigns.
Syrian National Congress proclaim Syria independent with Faisal I of Iraq as king.
Hungarian Admiral and statesman Miklós Horthy becomes the Regent of Hungary.
Adolf Hitler presents his National Socialist program in Munich.
Sunday, February 24, 1918
After 7 centuries of foreign rule, Estonia declares its independence from the Russian Empire. Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia also declare their independence from the Russian Empire but as the Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic.
Saturday, February 24, 1917
WWI: United States ambassador to the United Kingdom, Walter H. Page, is shown the intercepted Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany offers to give the American Southwest back to Mexico if Mexico declares war on the United States.
Saturday, February 24, 1912
Italy makes a surprise attack on the Ottoman port of Beirut, when the cruiser "Giuseppe Garibaldi" and the gunboat "Volturno" bombard the harbour. The attack kills 97 sailors and civilians.
Wednesday, February 24, 1897
Foundation of Cekan Mekenroff 1897 Bratislava Slovakia
Friday, February 24, 1893
Monday, February 24, 1890
The British steamship "Quetia" founders in the Lorres Straits: 124 lives are lost.ref name=The New York Times/
Sunday, February 24, 1878
Thursday, February 24, 1876
Wednesday, February 24, 1875
The "SS Gothenburg
" sinks off the Australian
east coast with the loss of approximately 102 lives, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries.
Tuesday, February 24, 1874
ndashFirst Battle of Somorrostro (Third Carlist War
): Determined to raise the siege of Bilbao by the Pretender Don Carlos VII, Republican commander Marshal Francisco Serrano sent General Domingo Moriones with a relief force of 14,000 men. Carlists, under General Nicolás Ollo, entrenched at Somorrostro outside Bilbao drive back a courageous assault by General Fernando Primo de Rivera and then the entire Republican army. The republicans lose 1,200 men, and Moriones loses his nerve demanding reinforcements and a replacement for himself. Moriones men entrenched and waited.
Monday, February 24, 1868
The first parade to have floats occurs at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Tuesday, February 24, 1863
Arizona is organized as a United States territory.
Thursday, February 24, 1848
, King of the French, abdicated after days of revolution in France. A republic
was later declared.
Sunday, February 24, 1839
Thursday, February 24, 1803
"Marbury v. Madison": The Supreme Court of the United States establishes the principle of judicial review.
Tuesday, February 24, 1739
Monday, February 24, 1716
Tuesday, February 24, 1711
Sunday, February 24, 1636
Friday, February 24, 1634
Wednesday, February 24, 1616
A commission of Roman Catholic theologians, the Qualifiers, reports that the idea that the Sun is stationary is foolish and absurd in philosophy, and formally heretical since it explicitly contradicts in many places the sense of Holy Scripture....
Wednesday, February 14, 1582 (Julianian calendar)
Pope Gregory XIII implements the Gregorian Calendar.
Sunday, February 14, 1552 (Julianian calendar)
March ndash The Act of Uniformity imposes the Protestant Book of Common Prayer in England.
Thursday, February 14, 1538 (Julianian calendar)
Tuesday, February 14, 1525 (Julianian calendar)
Battle of Pavia: Spanish forces under Charles de Lannoy and the Marquis of Pescara defeat the French army and capture Francis I of France, after his horse is wounded by Cesare Hercolani.
Monday, February 15, 1496 (Julianian calendar)
King Henry VII of England signs the commercial treaty "Magnus Intercursus" with Venice, Florence, and the villes of the Hanse and Pays-Bas.ref name=CBH
Tuesday, February 15, 1457 (Julianian calendar)
Charles VIII of Sweden is declared deposed. Archbishop of Sweden Jöns Bengtsson Oxenstierna and statesman Erik Axelsson Tott become co-regents of Sweden. The throne is then offered to Christian I of Denmark and Norway.
Tuesday, February 16, 1389 (Julianian calendar)
Queen Margaret of Norway and Denmark defeats Albert of Sweden in battle and becomes ruler of all three kingdoms. Albert is deposed from the Swedish throne and taken prisoner.
Friday, February 16, 1386 (Julianian calendar)
Mary is reinstated as Queen of Hungary and Croatia.
A period of interregnum begins in Achaea, lasting until 1396
. The rule of Achaea is sought by numerous pretenders, none of whom can be considered to have reigned.
Charles' son, Ladislaus
, becomes King of Naples.
Saturday, February 16, 1303 (Julianian calendar)
Thursday, February 23, 484 (Julianian calendar)
Tuesday, February 23, 303 (Julianian calendar)
Galerius publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire.