February 24

February 24 Holidays and Events

 

Historical Milestones

February 24 holds great significance in world history with numerous pivotal events recorded on this day.

  • 1152: Geoffrey of Monmouth was consecrated as the Bishop of St Asaph at Lambeth.
  • 1208: St Francis of Assisi began his religious vocation.
  • 1296: Pope Boniface VIII issued the Clericis Laicos.

In 1500, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was born, later becoming a central figure during the Protestant Reformation. The Gregorian Calendar was instituted by Pope Gregory XIII, who reformed the Julian calendar to correct the 10-day discrepancy.

Significant battles also took place on this day:

  • 1525: Battle of Pavia – French King Francis I was captured by the Spanish-Imperial army.
  • 1739: Battle of Karnal – Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeated Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah.
  • 1945: During World War II, Manila was liberated by U.S. troops.

February 24 is also marked by important political events:

  • 1803: The Marbury v. Madison case established the principle of judicial review by the US Supreme Court.
  • 1868: President Andrew Johnson was the first U.S. president to be impeached.
  • 1821: The Plan of Iguala was proclaimed, leading to Mexico’s independence with its emphasis on national unity and the equality of Spaniards (Peninsulares) and Mexicans (Creoles).
  • 1991: The Gulf War ground offensive commenced, leading to the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi forces.

Cultural landmarks were also notable:

  • Inauguration of Drury Lane Theatre, London – A significant site for English theatre and opera.
  • 1822: The first Perforated US Postage Stamps were issued, revolutionizing the postal system.

This day also witnessed leadership changes:

  • 2008: After nearly half a century, Fidel Castro retired as President of Cuba.

Lastly, anniversaries of technical advancements:

  • Final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery occurred, closing a chapter in NASA’s storied history of space exploration.

Pop Culture

On February 24, several notable events have marked their presence in the timeline of pop culture. In 1938, DuPont made strides in commercial production with the introduction of nylon toothbrush bristles, revolutionizing dental hygiene with the “Miracle Tuft Toothbrush.” This innovation signaled a shift in consumer products and daily routines.

Fast-forwarding to 1952, the United States experienced the still-debated event known as the “Battle of Los Angeles,” where wartime anxieties manifested as a rumored enemy attack, which has since become ingrained in folklore and conspiracy theories.

In the sphere of entertainment, February 24 has seen milestones too. Notable mentions include the character Jenna Maroney from the television show “30 Rock,” which has contributed significantly to early 21st-century comedy. Also, on this date in 1970, the National Public Radio (NPR) was founded, now a major player in broadcasting, delivering news and cultural programming to a diverse audience.

Historical Entertainment Events

  • 1938: The commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles begins.
  • 1952: The event recognized as the “Battle of LA” occurs.
  • 1970: National Public Radio is established.

While not directly associated with February 24, entities like Apple Inc., co-founded by Steve Jobs, have made an indelible impact on pop culture with their innovative technologies. Claudio Monteverdi’s opera “L’Orfeo” premiered in the early 17th century, setting the stage for the modern opera, an art form enjoyed today in venues such as London’s Drury Lane Theatre.

Celebrated figures in various domains, including Vicente Guerrero and General Juan Perón in politics, as well as sports icons like Sachin Tendulkar, are emblematic of their respective fields. They have provided narratives of inspiration and cultural significance. Although not specifically linked to this day, these individuals and their accomplishments resonate in contemporary pop culture dialogues.

This day has also witnessed historical moments spanning from the revelation of the Zimmermann Telegram in World War I to the discovery of a 4.4 billion-year-old crystal, revealing geological history, thus bridging pop culture with scientific discovery. Each event, whether from the arts, history, or science, intertwines to intertwine threads of pop culture across time.

Celebrations and Famous Birthdays

On February 24, a variety of notable events and birthdays are commemorated worldwide. This date marks not only the birth of influential individuals but also cultural and historical observances.

National Holidays and Observances:

  • Mardi Gras: Also known as Fat Tuesday, it’s occasionally celebrated on February 24, depending on the year, as a day of indulgence before the fasting season of Lent in Christian traditions.
  • National Tortilla Chip Day (US): Celebrates this beloved snack originating from Mexico, often enjoyed with salsa or guacamole.
  • World Bartender Day: Honors the individuals who specialize in serving drinks at bars and restaurants around the world.

Famous Birthdays:

  1. Leaders and Historical Figures

    • Agustín de Iturbide (1783-1824): A Mexican army general who helped achieve Mexico’s independence from Spain and became Emperor of Mexico.
    • Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859): One half of the famed Brothers Grimm, known for their collection of fairy tales.
  2. Entertainment and Media Personalities

    • Several YouTube and social media personalities share this birthday, known for their contributions to online entertainment and media.
  3. Athletes

    • Floyd Mayweather Jr. (b. 1977): An American professional boxer known for his lucrative pay-per-view matches and is considered one of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers of all time.

Notable Events:

  • While Fidel Castro was a pivotal figure in Cuban history, his death is not directly associated with February 24.
  • The Supreme Court of the United States has no specific connection to this date that’s typically observed.
  • Juan Perón of Argentina and President Andrew Johnson of the United States did not have events of February 24 that are widely acknowledged or celebrated.
  • In recent history, February 24, 2022, marked a significant event when Russia, led by Vladimir Putin, initiated a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This day is remembered for its political and humanitarian implications.
 

Zodiac

The Zodiac sign for February 24 is Pisces ♓.

Horoscope for February 24

Aries ♈
Today is a day for embracing change, Aries...

Today is a day for embracing change, Aries. Be open to new opportunities and experiences that come your way. Trust in your ability to adapt and thrive in any situation.

Taurus ♉
Taurus, today is a day to focus on self-care and nurturing your well-being...

Taurus, today is a day to focus on self-care and nurturing your well-being. Take some time to relax and recharge, and don't be afraid to prioritize your own needs.

Gemini ♊
Communication is key for you today, Gemini...

Communication is key for you today, Gemini. Express yourself clearly and openly, and be receptive to the thoughts and ideas of those around you. Collaborative efforts will lead to success.

Cancer ♋
Cancer, trust your intuition today...

Cancer, trust your intuition today. Pay attention to your inner voice and let it guide you in making decisions. Your instincts will lead you in the right direction.

Leo ♌
Today is a day for bold self-expression, Leo...

Today is a day for bold self-expression, Leo. Embrace your creativity and let your unique personality shine. Your confidence and charisma will draw positive attention.

Virgo ♍
Virgo, focus on organization and efficiency today...

Virgo, focus on organization and efficiency today. Tackle tasks with precision and attention to detail, and you'll make significant progress toward your goals.

Libra ♎
Balance is key for you today, Libra...

Balance is key for you today, Libra. Strive to find harmony in all areas of your life, and seek out opportunities for compromise and cooperation.

Scorpio ♏
Today is a day for introspection, Scorpio...

Today is a day for introspection, Scorpio. Take some time to reflect on your emotions and innermost desires. Trust in your inner strength to navigate any challenges.

Sagittarius ♐
Adventure awaits you today, Sagittarius...

Adventure awaits you today, Sagittarius. Embrace new experiences and seek out opportunities for growth and learning. Your optimistic outlook will lead to exciting discoveries.

Capricorn ♑
Capricorn, focus on your long-term goals today...

Capricorn, focus on your long-term goals today. Take practical steps toward your aspirations and stay committed to your ambitions. Your hard work will pay off in the future.

Aquarius ♒
Today is a day for innovation and originality, Aquarius...

Today is a day for innovation and originality, Aquarius. Embrace your unique perspective and think outside the box. Your unconventional ideas will lead to exciting breakthroughs.

Pisces ♓
Pisces, trust in the power of your imagination today...

Pisces, trust in the power of your imagination today. Let your creativity flow freely and explore new artistic pursuits. Your intuition will guide you toward inspiring endeavors.

When is February 24?

No, it's not February 24 today. There are 251 days until February 24, 2025.

You can learn more about what day it is and what we celebrate today here.