On This Day…

On This Day…


Welcome to your weekend. We’re glad you are here.

As we stare down the last week of February (whoa!) it may seem like 2024 is zipping right along at breakneck speed. How about we slow down a bit with a simple “scroll down memory lane?” This is just an easy look back at some events that happened on this day in history before we head out to make new history today.

So, grab your favorite sippin’ drink and let’s scroll!

Today is Saturday, February 24th, the 55th day of the year.

On this day:

In 1803, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it would be the final interpreter of constitutional issues. The ruling came in the Marbury vs. Madison case.

In 1821, Mexico declared its independence from Spain.

In 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate.

In 1868, the first parade featuring floats celebrated Mardi Gras. The event was held in Mobile, Alabama.

In 1942, the U.S. government stopped all deliveries of 12-gauge shotguns. The move was made because the government needed to make more weapons available for war production.

In 1953, Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth the Second.

In 1980, the U.S. hockey team clinched the gold medal with a four-to-two victory over Finland at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

In 1981, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

In 1990, “Forbes” and “Fortune” magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes died at the age of 70.

In 1991, the United States and its Gulf War allies launched a large-scale ground assault against Iraqi troops.

In 1992, singers Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were married in Hawaii.

In 1994, Hall-of-Fame singer, talk show host and actress Dinah Shore died at the age of 76.

In 1995, Olympic gold medal-winning diver Greg Louganis announced he had AIDS.

In 1998, comedian Henny Youngman died at the age of 92. He is known as “The King of the One-Liners.”

In 2001, mathematician and computer scientist Claude Shannon, whose theories about binary code became the basis for modern mass communications networks, died at 84.

In 2006, Emmy Award winning actor Don Knotts, best known for his work on TV’s “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Three’s Company,” died at the age of 81.

In 2006, “Gunsmoke” actor Dennis Weaver died due to complications related to cancer. He was 81.

In 2007, Virginia lawmakers in both the House and Senate unanimously approved a resolution expressing “profound regret” for the state’s role in slavery and the exploitation of Native Americans. Sponsors of the resolution said it marked the first time that any state had formally expressed apology for slavery.

In 2011, CBS announced it was suspending production on its sitcom “Two and a Half Men” after star Charlie Sheen went on a scathing rant about the network and show creator Chuck Lorre on a radio program.

In 2013, Pope Benedict gave his final public blessing to a crowd of thousands at St. Peter’s Square before stepping down.

In 2018, the UN Security council passed a ceasefire in Syria for 30 days.

In 2019, Pope Francis promised to take action against pedophiles in the Roman Catholic Church.

In 2020, producer Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape.

In 2020, the New York firefighter who pulled his brother’s body out of the World Trade Center’s ruins died of cancer. The first responders death toll total grew to 343.

In 2020, a parasite living inside of salmon tissue is discovered as the first animal that doesn’t need oxygen to breathe.

In 2022, Russian leader Vladimir Putin announced the start of a “special military operation” in Ukraine to “demilitarize” the country moments before Russia launched a full-scale pre-dawn invasion by land, air and sea, with bombings in several cities amid international condemnation.

That brings us here to this day. So whatever plans you have on this 2.24.2024 here’s wishing you moments along the way to record on the pages of your own personal history books.

Thanks for stopping by!

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