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February 24: This Day That Year

February 24

- 303 - Emperor Diocletian issued 1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians.

- 1500 - Birthday: Charles V, King of Spain (1516-56) born in Ghent, Flanders, Habsburg Netherlands.

- 1582 - Pope Gregory XIII announced New Style (Gregorian) calendar.

- 1786 - Charles Cornwallis appointed governor-general of India.

- 1945 - Egypt & Syria declare war on nazi-Germany.

- 1955 - Birthday: Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, born in San Francisco, California.

- 1970 - Switzerland: 29 Swiss Army officers died in avalanche in Reckingen.

- 1974 - Pakistan officially recognized Bangladesh.

- 1976 - Cuba adopts its constitution.

- 1977 - Birthday: Floyd Mayweather Jr., American boxer (26 consecutive wins in world title fights; undefeated record 50-0), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

- 1981 - Prince Charles of Britain announced engagement to Lady Diana Spencer.

- 1985 - Nepal: Birendra, Bir Bikram Shah Dev crowned King.

- 1989 - US: 150+ million year old fossil egg found in Utah with a fossilized dinosaur embryo inside.

- 1998 - England: Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

- 2008 - Cuba: Fidel Castro retires as the President due to ill health after 50 years.

- 2010 - Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar scored the first double century (200 n.o.) in One Day International cricket.

- 2018 - Sridevi Kapoor (Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan), Indian actress and film producer occasionally referred to as Indian cinema's "first female superstar" drowned (aged 54) in her hotel room in Dubai.

- 2020 - Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape and a criminal sexual act in case that ignited #MeToo movement.

- 2020 - Scientists identified the first animal that doesn't require oxygen to breathe, a tiny parasite living in salmon tissue.

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