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Births for February 24


  • 1304 Muhammad ibn Battutah, Arab travel writer (Travels in Asia & Africa)
  • 1463 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italy, scholar/platonist
  • 1500 Carlos V, King of Spain (1516-56)
  • 1536 Clement VIII, (Ippolito Aldofireini), Fano Italy, Pope (1592-1605)
  • 1545 Don John, of Austria the elder, Austrian general
  • 1547 Jan of Austria, Spanish military man/land guardian of the Netherland
  • 1557 Matthias, Vienna, Holy Roman emperor (1612-19)
  • 1619 Charles Le Brun, Paris, painter, designer (Chancellor S‚guier)
  • 1697 Bernard S Albinus, (Weiss), German surgeon/anatomist
  • 1766 Samuel Wesley, Bristol, England, composer, organist (Exultate Deo)
  • 1786 Wilhelm Karl Grimm, story teller (Grimm's Fairy Tales)
  • 1809 Edwin H K Freiherr von Manteuffel, governor/viceroy (Elzas-Lutherian)
  • 1811 Daniel A Payne, Bishop/reformer/educator of AME Church
  • 1811 Edward Dickinson Baker, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 186
  • 1824 John Crawford Vaughn, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1875
  • 1827 Charles Davis Jameson, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1862
  • 1833 Eduard earl von Taaffe, Austrian premier (1868..93)
  • 1836 Winslow Homer, US, painter (Gulfstream)
  • 1838 Thomas Benton Smith, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1923
  • 1843 Thephilo Braga, Portugese poet/writer/politician
  • 1848 C Grant B Allen, Canadian writer (Woman Who Did)
  • 1852 George Moore, Ireland, novelist (Esther Waters)
  • 1860 Daniel Berkeley Updike, printer/publisher/writer (Printing Types)
  • 1872 John Jarvis, England, swimmer (won 108 titles)
  • 1874 Honus Wagner, HOF shortstop for Pittsburgh Pirates (1900-17)
  • 1879 Herman Teirlinck, Belgian writer (Sun)
  • 1885 Bert Lytell, NYC, actor (Henry-One Man's Family)
  • 1885 Chester Nimitz, US admiral (commanded Pacific fleet in WW II)
  • 1885 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israeli Knesset (1949-59)
  • 1885 Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski, Polish novelist/satirist (Black Wings)
  • 1890 Marjorie Main, (Tomlinson), Action Ind, actress (Another Thin Man)
  • 1898 Kurt Tank, German WW II aircraft designer
  • 1899 Jacob Presser, historian/writer (Under Gang)
  • 1909 August William Derleth, Sauk City Wisc, writer (Judge Peck Mysteries)
  • 1909 Max Zwart, British/Americans philosopher (analytical philosophy)
  • 1914 Zachary Scott, Austin Tx, actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce)
  • 1917 William Fairbank, Minneapolis, superconductivity physicist
  • 1921 Abe Vigoda, NYC, actor (Barney Miller, Fish)
  • 1922 Steven Hill, Seattle Wash, actor (Goddess, Raw Deal, Yentl)
  • 1924 Douglass Watson, Jackson Ga, actor (Another World)
  • 1928 Michael Harrington, St Louis, socialist/author (Fragments of Century)
  • 1928 Paul B Elvstr”m, Denmark, yachter (Olympic-gold-1948, 52, 56, 60)
  • 1929 Richard B Shull, Evanston Ill, actor (Diana, Holmes & Yoyo)
  • 1930 Barbara Lawrence, actress (Joe Dakota)
  • 1932 Andrew Jacobs Jr, (Rep-D-IN, 1965-73, 75- )
  • 1932 John Vernon, Canada, actor (Animal House, Chained Heat, Dirty Harry)
  • 1932 Michel Legrand, musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind)
  • 1934 Bettino Craxi, Italy's 1st Socialist premier
  • 1934 Flemming Nielsen, Denmark, soccer player (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 1934 Frank Chapot, US, equestrian (Olympic-silver-1960, 1972)
  • 1934 Linda Cristal, Buenos Aires Arg, actress (Victoria-High Chapparal)
  • 1934 Renata Scotto, Savona Italy, soprano (Violetta-La Traviata)
  • 1938 James Farentino, Bkln NY, actor (Dead & Buried, Final Countdown)
  • 1940 Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ (1968-70)
  • 1942 Joe Lieberman, (Sen-D Connecticut)
  • 1942 Paul Jones, rocker (Manfried Mann-Mighty Quinn)
  • 1944 Barry Bostwick, San Mateo Ca, actor (Rocky Horror Show, Megaforce)
  • 1944 Nicky Hopkins, rocker (Stones-Ruby Tuesday, Jeff Beck, Quicksilver)
  • 1944 Sheila Larkin, Bkln NY, actress (Deborah-Storefront Lawyer)
  • 1945 Alain Prost, formula-1 racer (1985, 86 champ)
  • 1947 Edward James Olmos, Cal, actor (Miami Vice, Stand & Deliver, Triumph)
  • 1947 Lonnie Turner, bassist/vocalist (Steve Miller Band-Abracadabra)
  • 1947 Rubert Holmes, Tenafly NJ, singer (Pi€a Colda song)
  • 1948 Dennis "Minder" Waterman, London England, actor (Fair Exchange)
  • 1951 Helen Shaver, Ontario Canada, actress (WIOU, Praise of Older Women)
  • 1952 Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Oly-silv-1972) tallest Olympian-7'4"
  • 1955 Steven Jobs, co-founder (Apple Computer)
  • 1956 Eddie Murray, 1st baseman (Balt Orioles)
  • 1956 Paula Zahn, Napperville Ill, news anchor (ABC, CBS This Morning)
  • 1957 Phil McConkey, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1958 Susan Scannell, Lexington Mass, actress (Nicole-Dynasty)
  • 1962 Teri Weigel, Ft Lauderdale Fla, porn star/playmate (Apr, 1986)
  • 1970 Jonathan Ward, Balt Md, actor (Doug-Charles in Charge, Beans Baxter)
  • 1973 James Michael Kennedy, Boston, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys)
  • 1977 Alexis Jose Grullon, NYC, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)


Passings for February 24


  • 1563 Fran‡ois Guise, French general strategist/duke, dies in battle at 44
  • 1624 Vicente Espinel, Spanish writer (Escudero Marcos de Obr‚gon), dies
  • 1697 Bernard S Albinus, (Weiss), German surgeon, dies
  • 1704 Marc-Antoine Charpentier, French composer (church music), dies
  • 1785 Carlo Bonaparte, Corsican attorney, dies at 39
  • 1829 Auguste Chouteau, St Louis co-founder, dies
  • 1836 D niel Berzsenyi, Hungarians poet, dies
  • 1924 Edmond Picard, Fren/Belg writer (Ambidextre journalist), dies at 87
  • 1930 Jacobus van Looy, writer/painter, dies
  • 1945 Ahmed Maher Pasha, Egypt's PM, assassinated in parliament
  • 1953 Karl R G von Rundstedt, German gen-field marshal (Ardennen), dies
  • 1964 Alexander Archipenko, Ukraine sculptor/water colors painter, dies
  • 1970 Conrad Nagel, actor (Celebrity Time), dies at 73
  • 1976 H Allen Smith, TV host (Armchair Detective), dies at 68
  • 1982 Virginia Bruce, actress (Born to Dance, Great Ziegfield), dies at 72
  • 1983 Tennessee Williams, US playwright (Cat on a hot tin roof), dies at 71
  • 1990 Johnnie Ray, singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at 61
  • 1990 Malcolm Forbes, CEO (Forbes Publishing), dies at 70 of a heart attack
  • 1990 Sandro Pertini, president Italy, dies
  • 1990 Tony Conigliaro, Red Sox, dies in Salem, Mass, at 45 of kidney failur
  • 1991 George Gobels, comedian, dies
  • 1991 Webb Pierce, US country singer (Bye bye love), dies
  • 1993 Bobby Moore, captain English soccer team (World champs 1966), dies


Special events for February 24


  • 1296 Pope Boniface VIII degree Clericis Iaicos
  • 1496 England's Henry VII ends commercial dispute with Flanders
  • 1525 Imperial forces defeat French in battle of Pavia
  • 1528 John Z polya, Hungarian king, recognizes Sultan Suleiman's suzerai
  • 1530 1st imperial coronation by a pope-Charles V crowned by Clement V
  • 1541 Santiago, Chile founded by Pedro de Valvidia (or 2/12)
  • 1552 Privileges of Hanseatic League in England are abrogated
  • 1581 Pope Gregory approves results of his calendar reform commission
  • 1711 Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premiers, London
  • 1711 Opera "Rinaldo" is produced (London)
  • 1779 George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes (Ind) from British
  • 1803 Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison)
  • 1821 Mexico gains independence from Spain
  • 1836 3,000 Mexicans attack 182 Texans at Alamo, lasts 13 days
  • 1839 Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia
  • 1848 King Louis-Philippe abdicates, 2nd French republic declared
  • 1855 US Court of Claims established for cases against govt
  • 1857 1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to govt
  • 1857 LA Vineyard Society organized
  • 1863 Arizona Territory created
  • 1863 Forrest's raid on Brentwood, Tennessee
  • 1864 -Feb 25th) Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard's Roost)
  • 1868 1st US parade with floats, Mobile, Alabama
  • 1868 House of Reps vote 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew Johnson
  • 1881 De Lesseps' Co begins work on Panama Canal
  • 1888 Louisville, Ky becomes 1st gov't in US to adopt Australian ballot
  • 1894 Nicaragua captures Tegucigalpa, Honduras (National Day, sort of)
  • 1895 Cuban war of independence begins
  • 1905 Simplon tunnel in Switzerland opens
  • 1917 German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)
  • 1917 Russian revolution breaks out (3/8 NS)
  • 1918 Estonia declares independence from Russia
  • 1920 NSDAP begins at Hofbr„uhaus Mnich
  • 1920 Peace treaty gives Estonia independence
  • 1921 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hrs flying time arrives Florida
  • 1923 Mass arrests in US of mafia
  • 1924 Greek parliament proclaims republic
  • 1924 Mahatma Gandhi let out of jail
  • 1925 Thermit explosive 1st used to break up ice jam, Waddington, NY
  • 1928 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #3227 Hasegawa
  • 1933 League of Nations tells Japanese to pull out of Manchuria
  • 1937 1st US group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Wash, DC
  • 1938 A Bohrmann discovers asteroids #1998 Titius & #2665
  • 1938 Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles
  • 1942 Voice of America begins broadcasting (in German)
  • 1944 Argentina coup by Juan Peron minister of war
  • 1945 Egypt & Syria declares war on nazi-Germany
  • 1945 Manila freed from Japanese
  • 1946 Juan Peron elected president of Argentina
  • 1948 Communist coup in Czechoslovakia
  • 1949 V-2/WAC-Corporal 1st rocket to outer space, White Sands, NM, 400 km
  • 1950 Labour wins British parliamentary election
  • 1955 Pact of Baghdad between Iraq & Turkey signed
  • 1960 Italian cabinet-Segni falls
  • 1961 Explorer (10) fails to reach Earth orbit
  • 1962 General mobilization in Indonesia over New-Guinea
  • 1964 Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston for heavyweight championship
  • 1965 Beatles begin filming "Help" in Bahamas
  • 1966 Coup ousts Pres Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana
  • 1968 Discovery of first pulsar announced
  • 1968 Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games
  • 1968 Jocelyn Bell discovers 1st pulsar
  • 1968 US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam
  • 1969 Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby
  • 1970 29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland)
  • 1970 Heintje Simons (14) wins 7 gold records
  • 1970 KVDO TV channel 3 in Salem, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1974 Pakistan offically recognizes Bangladesh
  • 1976 Cuba adopts its constitution
  • 1977 Pres Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights
  • 1978 Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game
  • 1979 Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
  • 1979 War between North & South Yemen begins
  • 1980 Rangers scored 5 power-play goals against Islanders
  • 1980 USA Olympic hockey team beats Finland (4-2) & wins gold medal
  • 1981 Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
  • 1981 Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower
  • 1982 John Lennon & Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy" wins Grammy
  • 1982 Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92
  • 1984 H Debehogne discovers asteroid #3679
  • 1985 Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King of Nepal
  • 1985 Jim Kelly (Houston USFL) passes for pro football record 574 yds
  • 1986 Voyager 2, 1st Uranus flyby
  • 1987 Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack
  • 1988 Supreme Ct votes 8-0 Jerry Falwell cannot collect for Hustler parody
  • 1989 Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife
  • 1989 US Boeing 747 lost opver Ocean, 9 die
  • 1991 End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) 1st draft
  • 1991 US & allies begin a ground war assault on Iraqi troops


Songs for date February 24


  • 02/24/50 --- Daddy's Little Girl (Mills Brothers)
  • 02/24/54 --- Wanted (Como, Perry)
  • 02/24/54 --- Answer Me, My Love (Cole, Nat King)
  • 02/24/58 --- Sweet Little Sixteen (Berry, Chuck)
  • 02/24/58 --- Good Golly Miss Molly (Little Richard)
  • 02/24/58 --- Oh-Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again (Rodgers, Jimmie)
  • 02/24/58 --- Are You Sincere (Williams, Andy)
  • 02/24/62 --- What's Your Name (Don & Juan)
  • 02/24/62 --- Don't Break The Heart That Loves You (Francis, Connie)
  • 02/24/68 --- Sunshine Of Your Love (Cream)
  • 02/24/68 --- La - La - Means I Love You (Delfonics)
  • 02/24/68 --- Just Dropped In (To See What Condition) (Rogers, Kenny)
  • 02/24/73 --- Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got) (Four Tops)
  • 02/24/79 --- Stumblin' In (Quatro, Suzie)
  • 02/24/79 --- Knock On Wood (Stewart, Amii)
  • 02/24/90 --- Whole Wide World (From True Love) (Lorain, A'me)
  • 02/24/90 --- Forever (Kiss)
  • 02/24/90 --- I'll Be Your Everything (Page, Tommy)
  • 02/24/90 --- All Around The World (Stansfield, Lisa)
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