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

  • 1303
    Battle of Roslin, of the First War of Scottish Independence.
  • 1387
    King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1881
    China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2011
    Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

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