What happened This day in History on February 24th

For Those With Birthdays 24th February looking for specific year these years are Included on this date 1903, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1932, 1940, 1942, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1955, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2014, Born This Day,

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U.S. 1942 U.S.A. Unidentified Flying Objects 24th February, 1942 : Los Angeles sightings on this day called by the contemporary press "Battle of Los Angeles", a Plane / Blimp / Weather Balloon / UFO is fired on with a massive anti-aircraft artillery barrage but is not hit, Air raid sirens were sounded throughout Los Angeles County at 2:25 a.m. and a total blackout was ordered. Why was the ?? never hit or if it was hit why not damaged , this is a radio news report of the incident and makes very interesting listening.

UK 1924 France Johnny Weissmuller 24th February, 1924 : Johnny Weissmuller wins his first gold medal in 100-meters freestyle in the 1924 Paris Olympics. He went on to win Gold in the 400-meters freestyle and as part of the 800-meters freestyle relay team. In Amsterdam in 1928 he wins two more gold medals. Following his olympics success in 1932 he played the role of Tarzan in Tarzan the Ape Man.

U.S. 1942 U.S.A. Voice of America Feb. 24th, 1942 : The Voice of America goes on the air for the first time under the Office of War Information with news programs aimed at Japan, the south Pacific, and to areas of Europe and North Africa under the occupation of Nazi Germany.

Cuba 1903 Cuba Guantanamo Bay Feb. 24th, 1903 : The United States signed a leasing agreement between the US and Cuba , acquiring Guantanamo Bay a naval station at the southeastern end in Cuba

1920 U.S.A. Atlantic Flight Race Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 1920 : It was announced on this day that fliers from 18 different nations are planning to participate in an Atlantic Flight race. The first place winner of this race was to receive $100,000. The plan was to start the fliers off from either New York or Atlantic City. From one of these points, the fliers would head south towards Cuba Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the across the Caribbean Sea to Caracas, and then to Permambuco. After that, they would then fly across the Atlantic to Dakar, then along the western coast of Africa. After that they would head northward and will pass Magador and Casa Blanca. From there, the flight will head across either Spain or Portugal to Biarritz, and then to the French Coast and the London Channel. The return trip planned would be straight across the Atlantic Ocean.

U.S. 1920 U.S.A. Teacher Pay Feb. 24th, 1920 : A report was printed on this day regarding the issue of teacher salary problems and supply in demand in rural areas. This issue was addressed by A. Floyd, the Superintendent of Pontotoc County, Oklahoma. The biggest issue regarding teacher supply and demand is the fact that teachers may not always be adequately prepared to teach in certain areas, particular rural ones. These are the areas where they would also get paid less as well.

U.S. 1922 U.S.A. Powder Magazine Explosion Friday, Feb. 24th, 1922 : An explosion of the powder magazine in a stone quarry in McCook in southern Illinois shook the city of Chicago shattering many windows in the south of the city and the blast was so strong that a train passing near by was blown completely off the tracks.

China 1932 China Japan / China Conflict Feb. 24th, 1932 : According to one report given on this day, Japan was planning a protest against the U.S. government. This particular protest against the U.S. was planned as a result of an incident that occurred while Robert Short, an American who was fighting while in combat with Japanese airplanes. Part of the reason for the conflict between the U.S. and the Japanese was the fact that the Chinese government had asked that Robert Short be buried in China in order to give him proper burial. The Japanese were opposed to this action. Also, no official report was made regarding the death of this airplane fighter at this time.

U.S. 1940 U.S.A. When You Wish Upon a Star 24th February, 1940 : The song "When You Wish Upon a Star" is recorded by Frances Langford. It becomes a major hit and it is still one of the most recognizable songs today

U.S. 1945 World War II Liberate Manila Feb. 24th, 1945 : American soldiers liberate the capital Manila from Japanese control during World War II.

Egypt 1945 Egypt Dr. Ahmed Maher Pasha Feb. 24th, 1945 : The prime minister of Egypt Dr. Ahmed Maher Pasha was assassinated after reading a declaration of war against the Axis powers.

Argentina 1946 Argentina Juan Domingo Peron Elected Feb. 24th, 1946 : Juan Domingo Peron, is elected president in Argentina, at the time when he was elected he had a mistress named Eva Duarte who proved to be his greatest asset, or "Evita," as she became affectionately known who later became his wife.

UK 1950 Great Britain Clement Attlee Feb. 24th, 1950 : Clement Attlee and the British Labour party has won the 1950 general election with a much decreased majority and will continue its programme of nationalisation of major industries including iron and steel. The commitment to the Welfare State with the National Insurance Act which provides help and support for the more vulnerable in British society will be continued.

UK 1955 Great Britain 1955 Big Freeze 24th February, 1955 : With over 70 roads now not passable the big freeze continues in the UK with many essential supplies including food and medical supplies now in jeopardy. The RAF is dropping food and medical supplies in the worst affected areas and are also dropping tons of hay over the Scottish Highlands as sheep are now starving due to the massive snowdrifts that have built up .

Vietnam 1968 Vietnam Recapture Hue Feb. 24th, 1968 : American Marines and South Vietnamese soldiers have recaptured the city of Hue from North Vietnamese forces.

UK 1971 United Kingdom New Immigration Bill Feb. 24th, 1971 : A new Immigration Bill announced today will restrict Commonwealth citizens automatic rights to remain in the UK, they will now be treated with the same restrictions as any other person applying to live and work in Britain. This bill is in response to the public concern about a large number of immigrants entering Britain in the last few years.

China 1972 China Nixon Visits Great Wall Of China Feb. 24th, 1972 : This was the day when President Nixon had visited the Great Wall of China. Nixon had called for the breaking down of the walls there and “walls of any kind between peoples”. Before Nixon had arrived in China, there was some talk of releasing American prisoners of war held there. No answer has been given yet as to whether or not that was going to happen as of this day, but it was reported that negotiations were being made.

U.S. 1978 U.S.A. Fleetwood Mac Feb. 24th, 1978 : The musical group Fleetwood Mac had won a Grammy Award on this day. This award was given to this group for best album of 1977, as a result of this groups hard work on the album Rumours.

UK 1981 United Kingdom Charles and Diana 24th February, 1981 : The Prince of Wales announced his engagement to Lady Diana Spencer ending months of speculation by the tabloid press.

Greece 1981 Greece Earthquake Feb. 24th, 1981 : An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale strikes the city of Athens, Greece killing 16 and destroying many buildings in towns west of the city.

Iran 1989 Iran Salman Rushdie Feb. 24th, 1989 : Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwā (religious edict) and offers a USD $3 million bounty for the death of author Salman Rushdie who had written The Satanic Verses. The Satanic Verses caused major controversy around the world In Muslim communities due to what many Muslims believed were blasphemous references to their religion

Kuwait 1991 Kuwait US Ground Invasion Kuwait Feb. 24th, 1991 : A ground troop invasion of Kuwait and Iraq was initiated by the U.S. on this date. This decision was made after six weeks of bombing against Iraq and its army.

U.S. 1997 U.S.A. Morning After Pill Feb. 24th, 1997 : The FDA name six brands of birth control as safe and effective "morning-after" pills for preventing pregnancy

Austria 1999 Austria Avalanche 24th February, 1999 : An avalanche in the Austrian Alps buries homes and kills 13 people in Valzur

U.S. 2006 U.S.A. Abortion Feb. 24th, 2006 : South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions

U.S. 2006 U.S.A. Egypt asks for the return of an ancient mask Feb. 24th, 2006 : Egypt asks the St. Louis Art Museum to return a three thouand year old funerary mask that depicts a young lady. It was said to have mysteriously disappeared from the Egyptian Museum decades ago. The Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities has formally requested the return of the piece, known as the mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer, which dates to the 19th Dynasty (1307- 196 B.C.). The Department of Homeland Security is looking into the provenance of the mask, which was acquired by the museum in the late 1990's.

Brazil 2006 Brazil Art stolen in Rio de Janeiro Feb. 24th, 2006 : Gunmen have taken advantage of Brazil's carnivals to steal paintings by Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Monet from a Rio de Janeiro museum. The thieves are said to have threatened the Chacara do Ceu museum's security guards with a hand grenade. They then shut down the internal security cameras and slipped into the carnival. Pablo Picasso's The Dance, Salvador Dali's The Two Balconies, Henri Matisse's Luxembourg Gardens and Claude Monet's Marine were stolen.

Cuba 2008 Cuba Fidel Castro Feb. 24th, 2008 : Fidel Castro the Cuban revolutionary who had ruled Cuba for nearly 50 years retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years, his retirement was forced due to illness and the Cuban National Assembly elects Raúl Castro to succeed him as the President of Cuba

Holland 2008 Holland Biofuelled flight successful 24th February, 2008 : The world's first biofuel-powered commercial aircraft has touched down in Amsterdam. It flew to Holland from London's Heathrow Airport, and has been hailed as a first step towards cleaner flying. The Virgin Atlantic jumbo used a fuel derived from a mixture of Brazilian babassu nuts and coconuts. Environmentalists have branded the flight a publicity stunt, and claim biofuel cultivation is not sustainable.

Pakistan 2008 Pakistan Pakistan blocks access to YouTube Feb. 24th, 2008 : Pakistan has blocked access to the YouTube website because of the content it offers that is deemed offensive to Islam. Its telecommunications authority has ordered Internet service providers to block the site until further notice. Reports have said that the content included the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed that have outraged many.

China   2011 China One-Dog Policy Announced in Shanghai Feb. 24th, 2011 :  The city of Shanghai in China announced a one-dog policy to start in May. The city had an abundance of unlicensed dogs and in 2010, over 140,000 people reported bites from unlicensed dogs. The new rule would force owners of unlicensed dogs to relinquish their pets to authorities.  

United States
2014 United States First Openly Gay NBA Player

24th February, 2014 : Jason Collins has become the NBA's first openly gay active player and the United States's first openly gay player to play competitively on a professional league. Collins had become a player on the Brooklyn Nets team and had time on the court during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Collins had come out as gay several months before but was not signed to any team at the time.