Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 24

  • First official Roman edict for the Great Persecution of Christians and Manicheans is issued by Emperor Diocletian
  • February 24, 1272
    Jacob, an Italian-Jewish trader, departed in haste from Zaitun, China
  • February 24, 1525
    The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V captures the French king Francis I at the battle of Pavia in Italy during Italian War of 1521–26, making Spain dominant power in Italy
  • February 24, 1538
    King Ferdinand of Austria and King John Zipolya of Hungary sign Treaty of Nagyrad dividing the medieval Kingdom of Hungary
  • February 24, 1582
    Pope Gregory XIII issues a papal bull, or edict, outlining his calendar reforms, because the old Julian Calendar has an error rate of one day in every 128 years
  • February 24, 1744
    French attempt to restart the Jacobite rebellion fails due to one of the worst storms of the century
  • February 24, 1821
    Mexico rebels proclaim the Plan de Iguala, their declaration of independence from Spain, and take over the mission lands in California
  • February 24, 1836
    Winslow Homer, American painter, is born
  • February 24, 1839
    Steam shovel is patented by William Otis, Philadelphia
  • February 24, 1881
    De Lesseps' Company begins work on Panama Canal
  • February 24, 1895
    Cuban War for Independence, which results in Cuban independence from Spain, begins
  • February 24, 1918
    Estonia declares independence from Russia
  • February 24, 1924
    Mahatma Gandhi is released from jail having served only two of six years imprisonment for sedition
  • February 24, 1949
    WAC Corporal, the first sounding rocket developed in the United States, used a German V-2 rocket acting as first stage, becomes the first rocket to outer space, White Sands, New Mexico
  • February 24, 1986
    Voyager 2, an American space probe, performs first Uranus fly-by and makes the first close up images of the planet Uranus
  • February 24, 1991
    United States and allies begin a ground war assault on Iraqi troops in Kuwait
  • February 24, 2004
    A 6.5 Richter scale earthquake in Northern Morocco hits in the Rif mountains near the city of Al Hoceima, killing 400. Ait Kamara is destroyed; 517 are killed
  • February 24, 2006
    A state of emergency is declared in the Philippines, after an alleged coup against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is foiled

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