Friday, February 24, 2017 (Week 08)

Today in History

What happened today in history?

Today is February 24. A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred today in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened this day in history.

This day in History

1991
General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the coalition army, sends in ground forces during the Gulf War.
1972
Hanoi negotiators walk out of the peace talks in Paris to protest U.S. air raids on North Vietnam.
1968
North Vietnamese troops capture the imperial palace in Hue, South Vietnam.
1959
Khrushchev rejects the Western plan for the Big Four meeting on Germany.
1947
Franz von Papen is sentenced to eight years in a labor camp for war crimes.
1945
U.S. forces liberate prisoners of war in the Los Baños Prison in the Philippines.
1944
Merrill’s Marauders, a specially trained group of American soldiers, begin their ground campaign against Japan into Burma.
1928
The New Gallery of New York exhibits works of Archibald Motley, its first show to feature a black artist.
1921
Herbert Hoover becomes Secretary of Commerce.
1916
A film version of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea opens in New York.
1914
Civil War soldier Joshua Chamberlain dies.
1912
Italy bombs Beirut in the first act of war against the Ottoman Empire.
1912
The Jewish organization Hadassah is founded in New York City.
1908
Japan officially agrees to restrict emigration to the U.S.
1895
The Cuban War of Independence begins.
1836
Some 3,000 Mexicans launch an assault on the Alamo with its 182 Texan defenders.
1821
Mexico gains independence from Spain.
1813
Off Guiana, the American sloop Hornet sinks the British sloop Peacock.
1803
Chief Justice John Marshall, by refusing to rule on the case of Marbury vs. Madison, asserts the authority of the judicial branch.
1538
Ferdinand of Hapsburg and John Zapolyai, the two kings of Hungary, conclude the peace of Grosswardein.
1525
In the first of the Franco-Habsburg Wars, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V captures the French king Francis I at the Battle of Pavia, Italy.