Famous birthdays, deaths and events of February 24
1463 - Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian humanist (d. 1494) 1597 - Vincent Voiture, French poet (d. 1648) 1693 - James Quin, English actor (d. 1766) 1786 - Martin W. Bates. U.S. Senator from Delaware, (d. 1869) 1831 - Leo von Caprivi, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1899) 1842 - Arrigo Boito, Italian composer (d. 1918) 1846 - Luigi Denza, Italian composer (d. 1922) 1852 - George Moore, Irish writer (d. 1933) 1866 - Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (d. 1961) 1874 - Honus Wagner, American baseball player (d. 1955) 1890 - Marjorie Main, American actress (d. 1975) 1909 - August Derleth, American writer (d. 1971) 1914 - Zachary Scott, American actor (d. 1965) 1919 - Árpád Bogsch, Hungarian turned American international civil servant (d. 2004) 1919 - Betty Marsden, English comedy actress (d. 1998) 1921 - Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1992) 1921 - Abe Vigoda, American actor 1921 - Douglass Watson, American actor (d. 1989) 1922 - Steven Hill, American actor 1923 - David Soyer, American cellist 1926 - Jean Alexander, English actress 1927 - Emmanuelle Riva, French actress 1928 - Barbara Lawrence, American actress 1931 - Dominic Chianese, American actor 1932 - Michel Legrand, French composer 1932 - John Vernon, Canadian actor (d. 2005) 1934 - Renata Scotto, Italian soprano 1934 - Linda Cristal, Argentina-born actress 1938 - James Farentino, American actor 1938 - Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer 1938 - Kathleen Margaret Richardson, Baroness Richardson of Calow 1940 - Pete Duel, American actor (d. 1971) 1940 - Denis Law, Scottish footballer 1941 - Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress 1942 - Paul Jones, English singer (Manfred Mann) 1942 - Colin Bond, Australian racing driver 1943 - Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer 1943 - Pablo Milanés, Cuban musician 1944 - Nicky Hopkins, British musician (d. 1994) 1945 - Barry Bostwick, American actor 1946 - John Stapleton, English television presenter 1947 - Rupert Holmes, English musician 1947 - Edward James Olmos, American actor 1948 - Tim Staffell, English singer 1948 - Dennis Waterman, British actor 1950 - George Thorogood, American Singer and Guitarist 1951 - Tony Holiday, German singer (d. 1990) 1951 - Debra Jo Rupp, American actress 1951 - Helen Shaver, Canadian actress 1955 - Alain Prost, French race car driver 1956 - Eddie Murray, American baseball player 1958 - Sammy Kershaw, American musician 1958 - Plastic Bertrand, Belgian singer 1959 - Beth Broderick, American actress 1959 - Owen Gleiberman, American film critic 1962 - Michelle Shocked, American musician 1962 - Teri Weigel, American pornography actress 1962 - Outi Mäenpää, Finnish actress 1963 - Mike Vernon, Canadian ice hockey player 1964 - Andy Crane, British children's television presenter 1964 - Todd Field, American actor and film director 1964 - Bill Bailey, British comedian 1964 - Russell Ingall, Australian racing driver 1965 - Lloyd McGrath, former English footballer 1966 - Billy Zane, American actor 1966 - René Arocha, Cuban baseball player 1968 - Mitch Hedberg, American comedian (d. 2005) 1970 - Jeff Garcia, American football player 1970 - Jonathan Ward, American television and movie actor 1970 - Kienast quintuplets, American quintuplets 1971 - Pedro de la Rosa, Spanish Formula One driver 1971 - Brian Savage, Canadian ice hockey player 1972 - Manon Rhéaume, Canadian female ice hockey player 1973 - Chris Fehn, American percussionist (Slipknot) 1973 - Jordan Jovtchev, Bulgarian gymnast 1973 - Alexei Kovalev, Russian ice hockey player 1973 - Richard Clapp, Canadian baseball player 1974 - Chad Hugo, American musician and producer (The Neptunes) 1974 - Karim Bagheri, Iranian footballer 1974 - Mike Lowell, Puerto Rican baseball player 1974 - Bonnie Somerville, American actress and singer 1975 - Ashley MacIsaac, Canadian fiddler 1975 - Maurizio Giuliano, writer and traveller 1976 - Matt Skiba, American musician (Alkaline Trio 1976 - Eric Griffin, American rock guitarist 1976 - Bradley McGee, Australian cyclist 1976 - Crista Flanagan, American television comedian 1976 - Zach Johnson, American professional golfer 1976 - Marco Campos, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1995) 1977 - Floyd Mayweather Jr, American boxer 1977 - Jason Akermanis, Australian rules footballer 1977 - Bronson Arroyo, American baseball player 1978 - Shinya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey) 1978 - John Nolan, American musician (Straylight Run) 1979 - Jesse Billauer, American quadriplegic surfer 1980 - Anton Gustafsson, Swedish rock music fan (d. 2003) 1980 - Shinsuke Nakamura, Japanese professional wrestler 1980 - Roman Sloudnov, Russian swimmer 1981 - Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player 1981 - Mohammad Sami, Pakistani cricketer 1982 - Nick Blackburn, American baseball player 1982 - Emanuel Villa, Argentine footballer 1982 - Klára Zakopalová, Czech tennis player 1984 - Clivio Piccione, Monegasque racing driver 1984 - Sterling James Keenan, American professional wrestler 1986 - Wojtek Wolski, Polish ice hockey player 1987 - Chieko Kawabe, Japanese singer 1989 - Kosta Koufos, American basketball player
1525 - Guillaume Gouffier, seigneur de Bonnivet 1666 - Nicholas Lanier, English composer (b. 1588) 1674 - Matthias Weckmann, German composer (b. 1616) 1704 - Marc-Antoine Charpentier, French composer (b. 1643) 1779 - Paul Daniel Longolius, German encylopedist (b. 1704) 1781 - Edward Capell, English critic (b. 1713) 1914 - Joshua Chamberlain, Civil War hero for the Union on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg 1970 - Conrad Nagel, American actor (b. 1897) 1982 - Virginia Bruce, America actress and singer (b. 1910) 1984 - Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (b. 1912) 1987 - Jim Connors, Legendary Radio personality (b. 1940) 1989 - Sparky Adams, American baseball player (b. 1894) 1990 - Tony Conigliaro, American baseball player (b. 1945) 1990 - Malcolm Forbes, American publisher (b. 1917) 1990 - Johnnie Ray, American singer (b. 1927) 1991 - John Daly, South African game show host (b. 1914) 1991 - George Gobel, American comedian (b. 1919) 1991 - Webb Pierce, American music singer (b. 1921) 1993 - Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (b. 1917) 1993 - Bobby Moore, English footballer (b. 1941) 1994 - Jean Sablon, French singer (b. 1906) 1994 - Dinah Shore, American actress and singer (b. 1916) 1998 - Henny Youngman, English-born comedian (b. 1906) 1999 - Andre Dubus, American writer (b. 1936) 2001 - Claude E. Shannon, American information theorist (b. 1916) 2002 - Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932) 2002 - Leo Ornstein, Russian-born composer and pianist (b. 1912) 2003 - Bernard Loiseau, French chef (b. 1951) 2004 - John Randolph, American actor (b. 1915) 2006 - Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947) 2006 - Don Knotts, American actor (b. 1924) 2006 - John Martin, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1947) 2006 - Dennis Weaver, American actor (b. 1924) 2007 - Bruce Bennett, American actor (b. 1906) 2007 - Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (b. 1932) 2007 - Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935) 2007 - Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982) 2008 - Larry Norman, American musician 2009 - Pearl Lang, 87, American dancer and choreographer, heart attack. 2009 - Svatopluk Havelka, 83, Czech composer. 2009 - Roberto Posada Garcia-Peña, 54, Colombian columnist.
303 - Galerius, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire. 1538 - Treaty of Nagyvarad between Ferdinand I and John Zápolya. 1607 - L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, premieres. 1711 - The London premiere of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage. 1803 - The Supreme Court of the United States, in Marbury v. Madison, establishes the principle of judicial review. 1804 - London's Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute. 1822 - The 1st Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad was inaugurated. 1826 - The signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo marks the end of the First Burmese War. 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. 1839 - William Otis receives a patent for the steam shovel. 1863 - Arizona is organized as a United States territory. 1868 - The first parade to have floats is staged at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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. 1890 - Chicago is selected to host the Columbian Exposition 1893 - The American University is chartered by an act of the Congress of the United States of America. 1895 - Revolution breaks out in Baire, a town near Santiago de Cuba, beginning the second war for Cuban independence, which ended with the Spanish-American War in 1898. 1899 - Western Washington University is established. 1909 - The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded. 1917 - World War I: The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if that country declares war on the United States. 1918 - Estonian Declaration of Independence. 1920 - The Nazi Party is founded. 1925 - A thermite (magnesium) bomb is used for the first time to break up a 250,000-ton ice jam clogging the St. Lawrence River near Waddington, New York. 1938 - A nylon-bristle toothbrush becomes the first commercial product (DuPont) to 1942 - The "Battle of Los Angeles" takes place, lasting until the next day. 1945 - Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree. 1968 - Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted; South Vietnam recaptures Hué. 1970 - National Public Radio is founded in the United States. 1971 - The All India Forward Bloc holds an emergency central committee meeting after its chairman, Hemantha Kumar Bose, was killed 3 days earlier. P.K. Mookiah Thevar appointed as the new chairman. 1976 - Cuba : national Constitution proclaimed. 1981 - Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. 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 USD $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. 1995 - The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified. 1996 - The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church. 1999 - The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany's legal action to attempt to save him. 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.