February 24: Day of the Week
February 24, 2019 is the 55th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 310 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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.
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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)
- 303Diocletian, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire.
- 1387King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda.
- 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.
- 1711The London première of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage.
- 1809London’s Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.
- 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.
- 1918Estonian Declaration of Independence.
- 1944Merrill’s Marauders: The Marauders begin their 1,000 mile journey through Japanese occupied Burma.
- 1996The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.
Who were born on February 24?
- 1545Don John of Austria, Spanish military leader (d. 1578)
- 1927Emmanuelle Riva, French actress
- 1934Renata Scotto, Italian soprano
- 1942Paul Jones, English singer (Manfred Mann)
- 1948Tim Staffell, English singer
- 1963Mike Vernon, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1971Josh Bernstein, American explorer and television host
- 1976Eric Griffin, American rock guitarist
- 1979Jesse Billauer, American quadriplegic surfer
- 1981Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player
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