About February 24

February 24, 2020 is the 55th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Pisces is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 354 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

February 24: More About This Day

By Roman custom, February 24 is the day added to a leap year in the Julian calendar. The Mensis Intercalaris began on this day or the following day in intercalary years in the pre-Julian calendar. This custom still has some effect around the world; for example, with respect to name days in Hungary.

What Happened On February 24

  • 1538
    Treaty of Nagyvarad between Ferdinand I and John Zápolya.
  • 1607
    L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, receives its première performance.
  • 1711
    The London première of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage.
  • 1809
    London’s Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.
  • 1822
    The 1st Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad, is inaugurated.
  • 1826
    The signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo marks the end of the First Burmese War.
  • 1831
    The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West.
  • 1848
    King Louis-Philippe of France abdicates the throne.
  • 1881
    China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty.
  • 1920
    The Nazi Party is founded.
  • 1944
    Merrill’s Marauders: The Marauders begin their 1,000 mile journey through Japanese occupied Burma.
  • 1945
    Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted; South Vietnam recaptures Hué.
  • 1976
    Cuba: national Constitution is proclaimed.
  • 1980
    The United States Olympic Hockey team completes their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal.
  • 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.
  • 1989
    United Airlines Flight 811, bound for New Zealand from Honolulu, Hawaii, rips open during flight, sucking 9 passengers out of the business-class section.
  • 2006
    Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue a possible military coup.
  • 2007
    Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
  • 2011
    Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

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