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24 February

1303 – Scotland – Battle of Roslin (First War of Scottish Independence). http://www.lordbothwell.co.uk/roslinglen.html

1386 – Naples/Hungary & Croatia – Charles III assassinated. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_III_of_Naples

1525 – Italy – Battle of Pavia (Italian War). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Pavia

1538 – Kingdom of Hungary – Treaty of Nagyvárad signed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Nagyv%C3%A1rad

1582 – Rome – Pope Gregory XIII announced Gregorian calendar. http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/gregorian-calendar.html

1604 – Chile – Earthquake measuring 8.5Mw, epicentre in Arica.

1739 – India – Battle of Karnal (Nader Shah’s Invasion of the Mughal Empire). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Karnal

1797 – GB – Battle of Fishguard ended (War of the First Coalition). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fishguard

1809 – UK – Fire at Drury Lane Theatre, London. http://www.londontheatredirect.com/venue/11/Theatre-Royal-Drury-Lane.aspx

1821 – Mexico – Plan of Iguala signed (Mexican War of Independence). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_of_Iguala

1826 – Burmese Empire – First Anglo-Burmese War ended with signing of the Treaty of Yandabo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Yandabo  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Anglo-Burmese_War

1848 – France – Louis-Philippe abdicated the throne. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Philippe_I

1875 – Australia – SS Gothenberg hit Great Barrier Reef and sank, 100 killed. http://maritime.historysa.com.au/collections/shipwreck-collection/turtle-shell-commemorative-plaque-ss-gothenburg

1881 – Russia – Treaty of Saint Petersburg signed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Saint_Petersburg_(1881)

1895 – Cuba – War of Independence began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_War_of_Independence

1899 – Philippines – Second Battle of Caloocan ended (Philippine-American War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_Caloocan

1918 – Estonia – Independence from Russian Empire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estonian_Declaration_of_Independence

1920 – Germany – National Socialist German Workers’ Party founded. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Party

1939 – France – Reichsluftfahrt-Ministerium plane crashed at Termes Ribi. Commune de Roubion, 10 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19390224-0

1942 – Papua New Guinea – RAAF plane missing off Rabaul, 8 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19420224-1


1942 – USA – Battle of Los Angeles began (WWII). https://youtu.be/Zna2GcLh6Ak  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Los_Angeles

1943 – Tunisia – Battle of Kaserine Pass ended (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kasserine_Pass

1944 – New Guinea – Battle of Arawe ended (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Arawe

1944 – Germany – USAAF & RAF attacked ball bearing plant at Schweinfurt (WWII). http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database

1945 – Egypt – Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad_Mahir_Pasha

1949 – Hong Kong – Cathay Pacific Airways plane crashed at North Point, 23 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19490224-0

1949 – Peru – TAM Peru plane crashed at Cuzco Airport, 22 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19490224-1

1960 – World – Operation Sandblast began (Cold War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Sandblast

1969 – Taiwan – Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 104 crashed near Tainan Airport, 36 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19690224-0

1976 – Cuba – National Constitution proclaimed.

1980 – America – XIII Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in Lake Placid. http://www.olympic.org/lake-placid-1980-winter-olympics

1981 – Greece – Earthquake measuring 6.7Mw, epicentre in Athens, 16 killed. https://www.eeri.org/lfe/pdf/Greece_AlcionidesIsles_Jirsa&Brandow_May81.pdf

1984 – USA – Shooting at 49th Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, 2 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrone_Mitchell


1989 – USA – United Airlines Flight 811 suffered explosive decompression over Hawaii, 9 killed. http://youtu.be/DNc69QAZYj0 WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19890224-0

1999 – China – China Southern Airlines Flight 4509 crashed at Ruian, 61 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19990224-0

2001 – Northern Molucca Sea – Earthquake measuring 7.1Mw.

2002 – America – XIX Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in Salt Lake City. http://www.olympic.org/salt-lake-city-2002-winter-olympics

2003 – China – Earthquake measuring 6.3Mw, epicentre in Maalbexi , Xinjiang, 261 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Bachu_earthquake

2004 – Morroco – Al Hoceima earthquake measuring 6.3Mw, 631 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Al_Hoceima_earthquake

2008 – Cuba – Fidel Castro retired. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidel_Castro


2011 – USA – Final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. http://youtu.be/Abr0qyv26gw  http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts133/launch/index.html

2015 – USA – Metrolink train collided with truck, Oxnard, California, 1 killed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Oxnard_train_derailment

2016 – Nepal – Tara Air Flight 193 crashed at Dana, Myagdi District, 23 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20160224-0