About February 24

February 24, 2021 is the 55th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 310 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 342 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.
  • 1803
    In Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the principle of judicial review.
  • 1822
    The 1st Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad, is inaugurated.
  • 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.
  • 1863
    Arizona is organized as a United States territory.
  • 1868
    Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the Senate.
  • 1881
    China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty.
  • 1918
    Estonian Declaration of Independence.
  • 1920
    The Nazi Party is founded.
  • 1942
    The Battle of Los Angeles, one of the largest documented UFO sightings in history; the event lasted into the early hours of February 26, 1942.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    The United States Olympic Hockey team completes their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal.
  • 1983
    A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.
  • 1989
    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a US$3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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