February 24: Day of the Week
February 24, 2017 was the 55th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 310 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Pisces is the zodiac 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.
February 24: This Day in History
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.
February 24 Historical Event(s)
- 1538Treaty of Nagyvarad between Ferdinand I and John Zápolya.
- 1582Pope Gregory XIII announces the Gregorian calendar.
- 1607L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, receives its première performance.
- 1809London’s Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.
- 1822The 1st Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad, is inaugurated.
- 1917World 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 Mexico declares war on the United States.
- 1945Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree.
- 1980The United States Olympic Hockey team completes their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal.
- 1989United Airlines Flight 811, bound for New Zealand from Honolulu, Hawaii, rips open during flight, sucking 9 passengers out of the business-class section.
- 2011Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).
Who were born on February 24?
- 1922Richard Hamilton, English painter
- 1922Steven Hill, American actor
- 1924Erik Nielsen, Canadian politician (d. 2008)
- 1941Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress
- 1943Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer (d. 1984)
- 1956Paula Zahn, American journalist
- 1959Beth Broderick, American actress
- 1964Todd Field, American actor and film director
- 1974Mike Lowell, Puerto Rican baseball player
- 1991Madison Hubbell, American ice dancer
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