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 French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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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)
- 1607L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, receives its première performance.
- 1711The London première of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage.
- 1822The 1st Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad, is inaugurated.
- 1875The 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.
- 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.
- 1981An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Athens, killing 16 people and destroying buildings in several towns west of the city.
- 1983A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.
- 1999The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national convicted of murder during a botched bank robbery, in spite of Germany’s legal action to attempt to save him.
- 2008Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.
Who were born on February 24?
- 1831Leo von Caprivi, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1899)
- 1919Árpád Bogsch, Hungarian turned American international civil servant (d. 2004)
- 1932Michel Legrand, French composer
- 1944Nicky Hopkins, British musician (d. 1994)
- 1951Helen Shaver, Canadian actress
- 1956Judith Butler, American philosopher
- 1959Owen Gleiberman, American film critic
- 1966René Arocha, Cuban baseball player
- 1971Pedro de la Rosa, Spanish Formula One driver
- 1980Shinsuke Nakamura, Japanese professional wrestler
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