February 24th

2010
Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first cricket player to score a double-century in the One Day International format. The Indian sportsman is widely recognized as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket.
List of One Day International cricket double centuries
2008
Cuba's parliament named Raul Castro president, ending nearly 50 years of rule by his brother Fidel.
Raúl Castro
2006
South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions.
Women's Health and Human Life Protection Act
1999
Lauryn Hill won five Grammys for her debut solo album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.".
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
1998
Comedian Henny Youngman died at age 91.
Henny Youngman
1989
A Boeing 747 jumbo jet rips open over the Pacific Ocean. United Airlines Flight 811 experienced an explosive decompression, resulting in the death of 9 passengers.
United Airlines Flight 811
1981
Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer ...
1980
The U.S. hockey team defeated Finland to win the gold medal at the Lake Placid Olympics.
Ice hockey at the 1980 Winter Olympics
1968
The discovery of a pulsar was announced.
PSR B1919+21
1955
Apple computer co-founder Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco.
Steve Jobs
1946
General Juan Perón first elected President of Argentina.
Juan Perón
1945
American soldiers liberated the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese control during World War II.
Battle of Manila (1945)
1942
The Voice of America went on the air for the first time.
Voice of America
1920
The German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform.
National Socialist Program
1903
The United States signed an agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base
1868
Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States, became the first president to have impeachment proceedings brought against him by the House of Representatives.
Andrew Johnson
1863
Arizona was organized as a territory.
Territory of Arizona (United States)
1821
Agustín de Iturbide and Vicente Guerrero agree to the Plan of Iguala, stating that Mexico will become a constitutional monarchy, Roman Catholicism the official religion and that Peninsulares and Creoles will enjoy equal political and social rights.
Plan of Iguala
1803
The Supreme Court ruled in Marbury v. Madison that any act of Congress which conflicts with the Constitution is null and void.
Marbury v. Madison
1739
Battle of Karnal: Army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah.
Battle of Karnal
1607
The world's first opera is premiered. Claudio Monteverdi's “L'Orfeo” is still performed regularly today.
L'Orfeo
1582
Pope Gregory XIII orders the introduction of the Gregorian calendar. Luigi Lilio's reform of the Julian calendar was first introduced in some European countries and is now the world's most widely used calendar.
Pope Gregory XIII
1525
Battle of Pavia: Holy Roman Emperor Charles V's troops beat the French. French King Francois I captured, 15,000 killed/wounded.
Battle of Pavia
303
1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued by Emperor Diocletian.
Diocletianic Persecution