About February 24

February 24, 2024 is the 55th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 340 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

  • 303
    Diocletian, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire.
  • 1303
    Battle of Roslin, of the First War of Scottish Independence.
  • 1387
    King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda.
  • 1538
    Treaty of Nagyvarad between Ferdinand I and John Zápolya.
  • 1582
    Pope Gregory XIII announces the Gregorian calendar.
  • 1607
    L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, receives its première performance.
  • 1803
    In Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the principle of judicial review.
  • 1809
    London’s Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.
  • 1848
    King Louis-Philippe of France abdicates the throne.
  • 1863
    Arizona is organized as a United States territory.
  • 1875
    The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries.
  • 1895
    Revolution breaks out in Baire, a town near Santiago de Cuba, beginning the second war for Cuban independence, that ends with the Spanish-American War in 1898.
  • 1945
    Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree.
  • 1980
    The United States Olympic Hockey team completes their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal.
  • 1989
    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a US$3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.
  • 1996
    The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 1999
    The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national convicted of murder during a botched bank robbery, in spite of Germany’s legal action to attempt to save him.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.
  • 2011
    Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

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