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On This Day in History, February 24

What Happened On This Day – February 24

  • 2010 Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first cricket player to score a double-century in the One Day International format

    The Indian sportsman is widely recognized as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket.

  • 1989 A Boeing 747 jumbo jet rips open over the Pacific Ocean

    United Airlines Flight 811 experienced an explosive decompression, resulting in the death of 9 passengers.

  • 1920 The German nazi party is founded

    Adolf Hitler became the party's leader in 1921.

  • 1607 The world's first opera is premiered

    Claudio Monteverdi's “L'Orfeo” is still performed regularly today.

  • 1582 Pope Gregory XIII orders the introduction of the Gregorian calendar

    Luigi Lilio's reform of the Julian calendar was first introduced in some European countries and is now the world's most widely used calendar.

Births On This Day – February 24

  • 1981 Lleyton Hewitt

    Australian tennis player

  • 1956 Judith Butler

    American philosopher

  • 1955 Steve Jobs

    American businessman, co-founded Apple Inc., Pixar

  • 1955 Alain Prost

    French race car driver

  • 1304 Ibn Battuta

    Moroccan explorer

Deaths On This Day – February 24

  • 1993 Bobby Moore

    English footballer, manager

  • 1990 Malcolm Forbes

    American publisher

  • 1986 Tommy Douglas

    Scottish/Canadian minister, politician, 7th Premier of Saskatchewan

  • 1929 André Messager

    French composer

  • 1799 Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

    German physicist

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