Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/February 24
This is a list of selected February 24 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
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|1582 – Pope Gregory XIII issued the papal bull Inter gravissimas to promulgate the Gregorian calendar, a modification of the Julian calendar in use since 45 BC.||unreferenced section|
|1848 – Amid a revolt, French King Louis-Philippe abdicated and escaped to England, leading to the creation of the French Second Republic.||needs more footnotes|
|1942 – Less than three months after the United States' entry into World War II, eyewitness reports of unidentified flying objects over Los Angeles triggered a massive anti-aircraft artillery barrage, thinking it was an attacking force from Japan.||large section to be transferred to Wikisource|
|1944 – World War II: The United States Army long-range penetration special operations unit known as Merrill's Marauders began a 1,000-mile (1,600 km) march over the Patkai region of the Himalayas and into the Burmese jungle behind Japanese lines.||unreferenced section|
|1999 – Arizona executed German national Karl LaGrand.||more footnotes|
- 303 – Roman emperor Diocletian's first "Edict against the Christians" was published, beginning the Diocletianic Persecution, the last and most severe episode of the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire.
- 1525 – A Spanish-Imperial army defeated a French force in the Battle of Pavia, the decisive engagement of the Italian War of 1521–26.
- 1607 – Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, considered the first fully developed opera, was first performed in Mantua, Duchy of Mantua (now in Italy).
- 1711 – George Frideric Handel's Rinaldo, the first Italian language opera written specifically for the London stage, premiered.
- 1803 – The U.S. Supreme Court, in Marbury v. Madison, declared an act of Congress unconstitutional for the first time, forming the basis of judicial review in the U.S.
- 1822 – The first Swaminarayan temple, Swaminarayan Mandir in present-day Ahmedabad, India, was inaugurated.
- 1831 – The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek between the Choctaw and the United States government, the first removal treaty carried into effect under the Indian Removal Act, was proclaimed.
- 1868 – Andrew Johnson became the first U.S. President to be impeached.
- 1989 – United Airlines Flight 811 experienced an uncontrolled decompression after leaving Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii, killing nine passengers when their seats were sucked out of the plane.
- 2006 – Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared a state of emergency in an attempt to subdue a possible military coup.
- 1809 – After standing only 15 years, London's Drury Lane theatre, the third building of that name, burned down.
- 1826 – The Treaty of Yandabo was signed, ending the First Anglo-Burmese War, the longest and most expensive war in the history of British India.
- 1875 – The steamship SS Gothenburg hit a section of the Great Barrier Reef at low tide and sank northwest of Holbourne Island, Queensland, Australia, with over 100 deaths.
- 1920 – At a meeting of the German Workers' Party, Adolf Hitler outlined its 25-point programme and the party changed its name to the National Socialist German Workers' Party.
- 1946 – Colonel Juan Perón (pictured), founder of the political movement that became known as Peronism, was elected to his first term as President of Argentina.