February 24: Day of the Week
February 24, 2021 was the 55th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 310 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.
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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)
- 1538Treaty of Nagyvarad between Ferdinand I and John Zápolya.
- 1711The London première of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage.
- 1826The signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo marks the end of the First Burmese War.
- 1863Arizona is organized as a United States territory.
- 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.
- 1942The Battle of Los Angeles, one of the largest documented UFO sightings in history; the event lasted into the early hours of February 26, 1942.
- 1971The All India Forward Bloc holds an emergency central committee meeting after its chairman, Hemantha Kumar Bose, is killed 3 days earlier. P.K. Mookiah Thevar is appointed as the new chairman.
- 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.
- 1989Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a US$3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.
Who were born on February 24?
- 1463Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian humanist (d. 1494)
- 1597Vincent Voiture, French poet (d. 1648)
- 1932John Vernon, Canadian actor (d. 2005)
- 1938Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer
- 1956Eddie Murray, American baseball player
- 1973Richard Clapp, Canadian baseball player
- 1976Zach Johnson, American golfer
- 1977Floyd Mayweather Jr, American boxer
- 1979Jesse Billauer, American quadriplegic surfer
- 1981Mauro Rosales, Argentinian footballer
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