February 24 Holidays, Events & Observances

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February 24 holidays and observances
February 24 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in February, international holidays in February 24, national days in February 24. Some major February 24 national day and International holidays list in February calendar.

There’s a myriad of holidays and observances to explore from worldwide celebrations, national holidays, remembrance days, minor holidays, lesser known festivals, and special ancient celebrations. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore February 24 holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, all from our comprehensive list of February 24 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have accumulated the long list of observances in February 24, notable events, national day in February 24, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on February 24 annually.

Month of February

February was named after the Roman god Februus. But, the word February comes from the Roman festival of purification called Februa, during which people were ritually washed. In this case, the god was named after the festival, not the other way around.

Before we adopted the Latin name for our second month, Old English used much more vibrant names to describe the month now known as February. The most common Old English name was Solmonath, which literally means “mud month.”

February is the last winter month in the Northern Hemisphere, and the last summer month in the Southern Hemisphere. February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It has 28 days years except on leap years when there are 29 days.

Holidays in February

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word may refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

Meanwhile few of holidays in February are:

February 24 holidays and observances
February 24 Holidays and Observances

February 24 Holidays, National Day

February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 310 days remain until the end of the year (311 in leap years).

Events

Pre-1600

  • 484 – King Huneric of the Vandals replaces Nicene bishops with Arian ones, and banishes some to Corsica.
  • 1303 – The English are defeated at the Battle of Roslin, in the First War of Scottish Independence.
  • 1386 – King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda.
  • 1525 – A Spanish-Austrian army defeats a French army at the Battle of Pavia.
  • 1527 – Coronation of Ferdinand I as the king of Bohemia in Prague.
  • 1538 – Treaty of Nagyvárad between Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I and King John Zápolya of Hungary and Croatia.
  • 1582 – With the papal bull Inter gravissimas, Pope Gregory XIII announces the Gregorian calendar.

1601–1900

  • 1607 – L’Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, receives its première performance.
  • 1711 – Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage, is premièred.
  • 1739 – Battle of Karnal: The army of Iranian ruler Nader Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah.
  • 1803 – In Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the principle of judicial review.
  • 1809 – London’s Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving its owner, Irish writer and politician Richard Brinsley Sheridan, destitute.
  • 1821 – Final stage of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain with Plan of Iguala.
  • 1822 – The first Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad, is inaugurated.
  • 1826 – The signing of the Treaty of Yandabo marks the end of the First Anglo-Burmese War.
  • 1831 – The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West.
  • 1848 – King Louis-Philippe of France abdicates the throne.
  • 1854 – A Penny Red with perforations becomes the first perforated postage stamp to be officially issued for distribution.
  • 1863 – Arizona is organized as a United States territory.
  • 1868 – Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the Senate.
  • 1875 – The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high-profile civil servants and dignitaries.
  • 1876 – The stage première of Peer Gynt, a play by Henrik Ibsen with incidental music by Edvard Grieg, takes place in Christiania (Oslo), Norway.
  • 1881 – China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty.
  • 1895 – Revolution breaks out in Baire, a town near Santiago de Cuba, beginning the Cuban War of Independence; the war ends along with the Spanish–American War in 1898.

1901–present

  • 1916 – The Governor-General of Korea establishes a clinic called Jahyewon in Sorokdo to segregate Hansen’s disease patients.
  • 1917 – World War I: The U.S. ambassador Walter Hines Page to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if Mexico declares war on the United States.
  • 1918 – Estonian Declaration of Independence.
  • 1920 – Nancy Astor becomes the first woman to speak in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom following her election as a Member of Parliament (MP) three months earlier.
  • 1920 – The Nazi Party (NSDAP) was founded by Adolf Hitler in the Hofbräuhaus beer hall in Munich, Germany
  • 1942 – The Battle of Los Angeles: A false alarm led to an anti-aircraft barrage that lasted into the early hours of February 25.
  • 1942 – An order-in-council passed under the Defence of Canada Regulations of the War Measures Act gives the Canadian federal government the power to intern all “persons of Japanese racial origin”.
  • 1944 – Merrill’s Marauders: The Marauders begin their 1,000-mile journey through Japanese-occupied Burma.
  • 1945 – Egyptian Premier Ahmad Mahir Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree.
  • 1946 – Colonel Juan Perón, founder of the political movement that became known as Peronism, is elected to his first term as President of Argentina.
  • 1949 – The Armistice Agreements are signed, to formally end the hostilities of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
  • 1967 – Cultural Revolution: Zhang Chunqiao announces the dissolution of the Shanghai People’s Commune, replacing its local government with a revolutionary committee.
  • 1968 – Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted; South Vietnamese forces led by Ngo Quang Truong recapture the citadel of Hué.
  • 1971 – The All India Forward Bloc holds an emergency central committee meeting after its chairman, Hemantha Kumar Bose, is killed three days earlier. P.K. Mookiah Thevar is appointed as the new chairman.
  • 1976 – The current constitution of Cuba is formally proclaimed.
  • 1978 – The Yuba County Five disappear in California. Four of their bodies are found four months later.
  • 1980 – The United States Olympic hockey team completes its Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4–2 to win the gold medal.
  • 1981 – The 6.7 Gulf of Corinth earthquake affected Central Greece with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). Twenty-two people were killed, 400 were injured, and damage totaled $812 million.
  • 1983 – A special commission of the United States Congress condemns the Japanese American internment during World War II.
  • 1984 – Tyrone Mitchell perpetrates the 49th Street Elementary School shooting in Los Angeles, killing two children and injuring 12 more.
  • 1989 – United Airlines Flight 811, bound for New Zealand from Honolulu, rips open during flight, blowing nine passengers out of the business-class section.
  • 1991 – Gulf War: Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabian border and enter Iraq, thus beginning the ground phase of the war.
  • 1996 – Two civilian airplanes operated by the Miami-based group Brothers to the Rescue are shot down in international waters by the Cuban Air Force.
  • 1999 – China Southwest Airlines Flight 4509, a Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft, crashes on approach to Wenzhou Longwan International Airport in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. All 61 people on board are killed.
  • 2004 – The 6.3 Al Hoceima earthquake strikes northern Morocco with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). At least 628 people are killed, 926 are injured, and up to 15,000 are displaced.
  • 2006 – Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue a possible military coup.
  • 2007 – Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
  • 2008 – Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba and the Council of Ministers after 32 years. He remains as head of the Communist Party for another three years.
  • 2015 – A Metrolink train derails in Oxnard, California following a collision with a truck, leaving more than 30 injured.
  • 2016 – Tara Air Flight 193, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, crashed, with 23 fatalities, in Solighopte, Myagdi District, Dhaulagiri Zone, while en route from Pokhara Airport to Jomsom Airport.
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Birthdays

Pre-1600

  • 1103 – Emperor Toba of Japan (d. 1156)
  • 1304 – Ibn Battuta, Moroccan jurist
  • 1413 – Louis, Duke of Savoy (d. 1465)
  • 1463 – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Italian philosopher (d. 1494)
  • 1494 – Johan Friis, Danish statesman (d. 1570)
  • 1500 – Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1558)
  • 1536 – Pope Clement VIII (d. 1605)
  • 1545 – John of Austria (d. 1578)
  • 1553 – Cherubino Alberti, Italian engraver and painter (d. 1615)
  • 1557 – Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1619)
  • 1593 – Henry de Vere, 18th Earl of Oxford, English soldier and courtier (d. 1625)
  • 1595 – Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski, Polish author and poet (d. 1640)

1601–1900

  • 1604 – Arcangela Tarabotti, Venetian nun and feminist (d. 1652)
  • 1619 – Charles Le Brun, French painter and theorist (d. 1690)
  • 1622 – Johannes Clauberg, German theologian and philosopher (d. 1665)
  • 1709 – Jacques de Vaucanson, French engineer (d. 1782)
  • 1721 – John McKinly, Irish-American physician and politician, 1st Governor of Delaware (d. 1796)
  • 1723 – John Burgoyne, English general and politician (d. 1792)
  • 1736 – Charles Alexander, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (d. 1806)
  • 1743 – Joseph Banks, English botanist and explorer (d. 1820)
  • 1762 – Charles Frederick Horn, German-English composer and educator (d. 1830)
  • 1767 – Rama II of Siam (d. 1824)
  • 1774 – Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge (d. 1850)
  • 1786 – Martin W. Bates, American lawyer and politician (d. 1869)
  • 1786 – Wilhelm Grimm, German anthropologist, author, and academic (d. 1859)
  • 1788 – Johan Christian Dahl, Norwegian-German painter (d. 1857)
  • 1827 – Lydia Becker, English-French activist (d. 1890)
  • 1831 – Leo von Caprivi, German general and politician, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1899)
  • 1835 – Julius Vogel, English-New Zealand journalist and politician, 8th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1899)
  • 1836 – Winslow Homer, American painter and illustrator (d. 1910)
  • 1837 – Rosalía de Castro, Spanish poet (d. 1885)
  • 1842 – Arrigo Boito, Italian journalist, author, and composer (d. 1918)
  • 1848 – Andrew Inglis Clark, Australian engineer, lawyer, and politician (d. 1907)
  • 1852 – George Moore, Irish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1933)
  • 1868 – Édouard Alphonse James de Rothschild, French financier and polo player (d. 1949)
  • 1869 – Zara DuPont, American suffragist (d. 1946)
  • 1874 – Honus Wagner, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1955)
  • 1877 – Rudolph Ganz, Swiss pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1972)
  • 1877 – Ettie Rout, Australian-New Zealand educator and activist (d. 1936)
  • 1885 – Chester W. Nimitz, American admiral (d. 1966)
  • 1885 – Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish author, poet, and painter (d. 1939)
  • 1890 – Marjorie Main, American actress (d. 1975)
  • 1896 – Richard Thorpe, American director and screenwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1898 – Kurt Tank, German pilot and engineer (d. 1983)
  • 1900 – Irmgard Bartenieff, German-American dancer and physical therapist, leading pioneer of dance therapy (d. 1981)

1901–present

  • 1903 – Vladimir Bartol, Italian-Slovene author and playwright (d. 1967)
  • 1908 – Telford Taylor, American general, lawyer, and historian (d. 1998)
  • 1909 – August Derleth, American anthologist and author (d. 1971)
  • 1914 – Ralph Erskine, English-Swedish architect, designed The Ark and Byker Wall (d. 2005)
  • 1914 – Weldon Kees, American author, poet, painter, and pianist (d. 1955)
  • 1915 – Jim Ferrier, Australian golfer (d. 1986)
  • 1919 – John Carl Warnecke, American architect (d. 2010)
  • 1921 – Abe Vigoda, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1922 – Richard Hamilton, English painter and academic (d. 2011)
  • 1922 – Steven Hill, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1924 – Hal Herring, American football player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1924 – Erik Nielsen, Canadian lawyer and politician, 3rd Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (d. 2008)
  • 1925 – Bud Day, American colonel and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2013)
  • 1926 – Dave Sands, Australian boxer (d. 1952)
  • 1927 – Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (d. 2017)
  • 1929 – Kintaro Ohki, South Korean wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1930 – Barbara Lawrence, American model and actress (d. 2013)
  • 1931 – Dominic Chianese, American actor and singer
  • 1931 – Brian Close, English cricketer and coach (d. 2015)
  • 1932 – Michel Legrand, French pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2019)
  • 1932 – Zell Miller, American sergeant and politician, 79th Governor of Georgia (d. 2018)
  • 1932 – John Vernon, Canadian-American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1933 – Judah Folkman, American physician and biologist (d. 2008)
  • 1933 – Ali Mazrui, Kenyan-American political scientist, philosopher, and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1933 – David “Fathead” Newman, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2009)
  • 1934 – Bettino Craxi, Italian lawyer and politician, 45th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1934 – Johnny Hills, English footballer
  • 1934 – Renata Scotto, Italian soprano
  • 1935 – Ryhor Baradulin, Belarusian poet, essayist, and translator (d. 2014)
  • 1936 – Guillermo O’Donnell, Argentine political scientist (d. 2011)
  • 1936 – Carol D’Onofrio, American public health researcher (d. 2020)
  • 1938 – James Farentino, American actor (d. 2012)
  • 1938 – Phil Knight, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Nike, Inc.
  • 1939 – Jamal Nazrul Islam, Bangladeshi physicist and cosmologist (d. 2013)
  • 1940 – Pete Duel, American actor (d. 1971)
  • 1940 – Jimmy Ellis, American boxer (d. 2014)
  • 1940 – Denis Law, Scottish footballer and sportscaster
  • 1941 – Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress
  • 1942 – Paul Jones, English singer, harmonica player, and actor
  • 1942 – Joe Lieberman, American lawyer and politician
  • 1942 – Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Indian philosopher, theorist, and academic
  • 1943 – Kent Haruf, American novelist (d. 2014)
  • 1943 – Gigi Meroni, Italian footballer (d. 1967)
  • 1943 – Pablo Milanés, Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1944 – Nicky Hopkins, English keyboard player (d. 1994)
  • 1944 – Ivica Račan, Croatian lawyer and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Croatia (d. 2007)
  • 1945 – Barry Bostwick, American actor and singer
  • 1946 – Grigory Margulis, Russian mathematician and academic
  • 1947 – Rupert Holmes, English-American singer-songwriter and playwright
  • 1947 – Edward James Olmos, American actor and director
  • 1948 – Jayalalithaa, Indian actress and politician, 16th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (d. 2016)
  • 1948 – Dennis Waterman, English actor
  • 1951 – David Ford, Northern Irish social worker and politician
  • 1951 – Derek Randall, English cricketer
  • 1951 – Debra Jo Rupp, American actress
  • 1951 – Helen Shaver, Canadian actress and director
  • 1951 – Laimdota Straujuma, Latvian economist and politician, 12th Prime Minister of Latvia
  • 1953 – Anatoli Kozhemyakin, Soviet footballer (d. 1974)
  • 1954 – Plastic Bertrand, Belgian singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1954 – Judith Ortiz Cofer, Puerto Rican American award-winning author (d. 2016)
  • 1954 – Aurora Levins Morales, Puerto Rican Jewish writer and activist
  • 1954 – Sid Meier, Canadian-American game designer and programmer, created the Civilization series
  • 1954 – Mike Pickering, English DJ and saxophonist
  • 1955 – Steve Jobs, American businessman, co-founded Apple Inc. and Pixar (d. 2011)
  • 1955 – Eddie Johnson, American basketball player
  • 1955 – Alain Prost, French race car driver
  • 1956 – Judith Butler, American philosopher, theorist, and author
  • 1956 – Eddie Murray, American baseball player and coach
  • 1956 – Paula Zahn, American journalist and producer
  • 1958 – Sammy Kershaw, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1958 – Mark Moses, American actor
  • 1959 – Beth Broderick, American actress and director
  • 1959 – Mike Whitney, Australian cricketer and television host
  • 1962 – Kelly Craft, US Ambassador to the United Nations and US Ambassador to Canada
  • 1963 – Prince Carlo, Duke of Castro
  • 1963 – Mike Vernon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1963 – Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Indian filmmaker
  • 1964 – Russell Ingall, British-Australian race car driver and sportscaster
  • 1965 – Paul Gruber, American football player
  • 1965 – Jane Swift, American businesswoman and politician, Governor of Massachusetts
  • 1966 – Billy Zane, American actor and producer
  • 1967 – Brian Schmidt, Australian astrophysicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1968 – Mitch Hedberg, American comedian and actor (d. 2005)
  • 1969 – Kim Seung-woo, South Korean actor
  • 1970 – Jeff Garcia, American football player and coach
  • 1970 – Neil Sullivan, English born Scottish international footballer and coach
  • 1970 – Jonathan Ward, American actor
  • 1971 – Pedro de la Rosa, Spanish race car driver
  • 1972 – Teodor Currentzis, Greek conductor and composer
  • 1972 – Manon Rhéaume, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 1973 – Stubby Clapp, Canadian baseball player and coach
  • 1973 – Alexei Kovalev, Russian ice hockey player and pilot
  • 1975 – Ashley MacIsaac, Canadian singer-songwriter and fiddler
  • 1976 – Zach Johnson, American golfer
  • 1976 – Bradley McGee, Australian cyclist and coach
  • 1976 – Marco Campos, Brazilian race car driver (d. 1995)
  • 1977 – Jason Akermanis, Australian footballer and coach
  • 1977 – Floyd Mayweather, Jr., American boxer
  • 1980 – Shinsuke Nakamura, Japanese wrestler and mixed martial artist
  • 1981 – Felipe Baloy, Panamanian footballer
  • 1981 – Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player
  • 1981 – Mohammad Sami, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1982 – Nick Blackburn, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Emanuel Villa, Argentinian footballer
  • 1982 – Klára Koukalová, Czech tennis player
  • 1982 – Fala Chen, Chinese actress and singer
  • 1984 – Corey Graves, American wrestler and sportscaster
  • 1985 – Nakash Aziz, Indian playback singer and composer
  • 1987 – Kim Kyu-jong, South Korean singer, dancer, and actor
  • 1988 – Connie Ramsay, Scottish judoka
  • 1989 – Trace Cyrus, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1991 – Madison Hubbell, American ice dancer
  • 1991 – Semih Kaya, Turkish footballer
  • 1996 – Royce Freeman, American football player
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Deaths

Pre-1600

  • 616 – Æthelberht of Kent (b. 560)
  • 951 – Liu Yun, Chinese governor (jiedushi)
  • 1018 – Borrell, bishop of Vic
  • 1114 – Thomas, archbishop of York
  • 1386 – Charles III of Naples (b. 1345)
  • 1496 – Eberhard I, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1445)
  • 1525 – Jacques de La Palice, French nobleman and military officer (b. 1470)
  • 1525 – Guillaume Gouffier, seigneur de Bonnivet, French soldier (b. c. 1488)
  • 1525 – Richard de la Pole, last Yorkist claimant to the English throne (b. 1480)
  • 1530 – Properzia de’ Rossi, Italian Renaissance sculptor
  • 1563 – Francis, Duke of Guise (b. 1519)
  • 1580 – Henry FitzAlan, 19th Earl of Arundel, English nobleman (b. 1511)
  • 1588 – Johann Weyer, Dutch physician and occultist (b. 1515)

1601–1900

  • 1666 – Nicholas Lanier, English composer and painter (b. 1588)
  • 1685 – Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Carlisle, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland (b. 1629)
  • 1704 – Marc-Antoine Charpentier, French composer (b. 1643)
  • 1714 – Edmund Andros, English courtier and politician, 4th Colonial Governor of New York (b. 1637)
  • 1721 – John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, English poet and politician, Lord President of the Council (b. 1648)
  • 1732 – Francis Charteris, Scottish soldier (b. 1675)
  • 1777 – Joseph I of Portugal (b. 1714)
  • 1785 – Carlo Buonaparte, Corsican lawyer and politician (b. 1746)
  • 1799 – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, German physicist and academic (b. 1742)
  • 1810 – Henry Cavendish, French-English physicist and chemist (b. 1731)
  • 1812 – Étienne-Louis Malus, French physicist and mathematician (b. 1775)
  • 1815 – Robert Fulton, American engineer (b. 1765)
  • 1825 – Thomas Bowdler, English physician and philanthropist (b. 1754)
  • 1856 – Nikolai Lobachevsky, Russian mathematician and academic (b. 1792)
  • 1876 – Joseph Jenkins Roberts, American-Liberian politician, 1st President of Liberia (b. 1809)
  • 1879 – Shiranui Kōemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 11th Yokozuna (b. 1825)
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1901–present

  • 1910 – Osman Hamdi Bey, Greek archaeologist and painter (b. 1842)
  • 1914 – Joshua Chamberlain, American general and politician, 32nd Governor of Maine (b. 1828)
  • 1925 – Hjalmar Branting, Swedish journalist and politician, 16th Prime Minister of Sweden, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1860)
  • 1927 – Edward Marshall Hall, English lawyer and politician (b. 1858)
  • 1929 – André Messager, French pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1853)
  • 1930 – Hermann von Ihering, German-Brazilian zoologist (b. 1850)
  • 1953 – Robert La Follette Jr., American politician, senator of Wisconsin (b. 1895)
  • 1953 – Gerd von Rundstedt, German field marshal (b. 1875)
  • 1967 – Mir Osman Ali Khan, Last Nizam of Hyderabad State (b. 1886)
  • 1970 – Conrad Nagel, American actor (b. 1897)
  • 1974 – Margaret Leech, American historian and author (b. 1895)
  • 1975 – Hans Bellmer, German artist (b. 1902)
  • 1975 – Nikolai Bulganin, Russian marshal and politician, 6th Premier of the Soviet Union (b. 1895)
  • 1978 – Alma Thomas, American painter and educator (b.1891)
  • 1982 – Virginia Bruce, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 1986 – Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian Bharatnatyam dancer (b. 1904)
  • 1986 – Tommy Douglas, Scottish-Canadian minister and politician, 7th Premier of Saskatchewan (b. 1904)
  • 1990 – Tony Conigliaro, American baseball player (b. 1945)
  • 1990 – Malcolm Forbes, American sergeant and publisher (b. 1917)
  • 1990 – Sandro Pertini, Italian journalist and politician, 7th President of Italy (b. 1896)
  • 1990 – Johnnie Ray, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1927)
  • 1991 – John Daly, American journalist and game show host (b. 1914)
  • 1991 – George Gobel, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1991 – Webb Pierce, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1921)
  • 1993 – Danny Gallivan, Canadian sportscaster (b. 1917)
  • 1993 – Bobby Moore, English footballer and manager (b. 1941)
  • 1994 – Jean Sablon, French singer and actor (b. 1906)
  • 1994 – Dinah Shore, American actress and singer (b. 1916)
  • 1998 – Antonio Prohías, Cuban-American cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • 1998 – Henny Youngman, English-American comedian and violinist (b. 1906)
  • 1999 – Andre Dubus, American short story writer, essayist, and memoirist (b. 1936)
  • 2001 – Theodore Marier, American composer and educator, founded the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School (b. 1912)
  • 2001 – Claude Shannon, American mathematician, cryptographer, and engineer (b. 1916)
  • 2002 – Leo Ornstein, Ukrainian-American pianist and composer (b. 1893)
  • 2004 – John Randolph, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 2005 – Coşkun Kırca, Turkish diplomat, journalist and politician (b. 1927)
  • 2006 – Octavia E. Butler, American author and educator (b. 1947)
  • 2006 – Don Knotts, American actor and comedian (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – John Martin, Canadian broadcaster, co-founded MuchMusic (b. 1947)
  • 2006 – Dennis Weaver, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2007 – Bruce Bennett, American shot putter and actor (b. 1906)
  • 2007 – Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 2008 – Larry Norman, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1947)
  • 2010 – Dawn Brancheau, senior animal trainer at SeaWorld (b. 1969)
  • 2011 – Anant Pai, Indian author and illustrator (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Agnes Allen, American baseball player and therapist (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Oliver Wrong, English nephrologist and academic (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Virgil Johnson, American singer (b. 1935)
  • 2013 – Con Martin, Irish footballer and manager (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Franny Beecher, American guitarist (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – Alexis Hunter, New Zealand-English painter and photographer (b. 1948)
  • 2014 – Carlos Páez Vilaró, Uruguayan painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Harold Ramis, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2015 – Mefodiy, Ukrainian metropolitan (b. 1949)
  • 2015 – Rakhat Aliyev, Kazakh politician and diplomat (b. 1962)
  • 2016 – Peter Kenilorea, Solomon Islands politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands (b. 1943)
  • 2016 – Nabil Maleh, Syrian director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2016 – George C. Nichopoulos, American soldier and physician (b. 1927)
  • 2018 – Sridevi, Indian actress (b. 1963)
  • 2018 – Haukur Hilmarsson, Icelandic political activist and internationalist volunteer fighter (b. 1986)
  • 2020 – Katherine Johnson, American physicist and mathematician (b. 1918)
  • 2021 – Ronald Pickup, English actor (b. 1940)

Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast day:
    • Blessed Ascensión Nicol y Goñi
    • Lindel Tsen and Paul Sasaki (Anglican Church of Canada)
    • Modest (bishop of Trier)
    • Sergius of Cappadocia
    • February 24 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Dragobete (Romania)
  • Engineer’s Day (Iran)
  • Flag Day in Mexico
  • Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Estonia from the Russian Empire in 1918; the Soviet period is considered to have been an illegal annexation.
  • National Artist Day (Thailand)
  • BBC: On This Day
  • The New York Times: On This Day
  • Historical Events on February 24
  • Today in Canadian History

February 24 Day, the conclusion

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