WAR, TERRORISM, DISASTER, NAZIS, POLITICS, REBELS, STRONGMEN, INJUSTICE, HUSTLER, SUPREME COURT, BULLS, GESTURES, CRUSH, FINALLY, PARADES, ARRESTS, ICE, PROGRESS, JEWS, DIETS, PIGS, HUH, FINANCE, ASSASSINATED, BLIMPS, BORN, BIRTHDAYS, DEATH
1917 German plan to get Mexican help in WWI exposed (Zimmerman telegram).
1945 Egypt & Syria declares war on Nazi-Germany.
1968 US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam.
2003 Seeking U.N. approval for war against Iraq, the United States, Britain and Spain submitted a resolution to the Security Council declaring that Saddam Hussein had missed “the final opportunity” to disarm peacefully and indicating that he had to face the consequences.
2007 A suicide truck bomber struck worshippers leaving a Sunni mosque in Habbaniyah, 50 miles west of Baghdad, killing at least 52 people.
1989 US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die.
1979 Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford TX.
1989 Margaret Ray found in David Letterman’s home, claims to be his wife.
1997 South Africa announces it is constructing largest modern day blimp.
1995 Dow-Jones hits record 4011.74.
1981 Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Scarsdale diet doctor Tarnower.
1938 Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles.
1868 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile AL).
1925 Thermit explosive 1st used to break up ice jam, Waddington NY.
1923 Mass arrests in US of Mafia.
1949 Israel & Egypt sign an armistice agreement.
1807 17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England.
1855 US Court of Claims established for cases against the government.
2003 A powerful earthquake in China’s western region of Xinjiang killed at least 268 people and injured more than 1,000.
1582 Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull, or edict, outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today).
2007 The Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution expressing “profound regret” for the state’s role in slavery.
1803 in its Marbury v. Madison decision, the Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional and established judicial review of the constitutionality of statutes.
1983 a congressional commission released a report condemning the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as a “grave injustice.”
1821, Mexican rebels proclaimed the “Plan de Iguala,” their declaration of independence from Spain.
1863 Arizona was organized as a territory.
1920 a fledgling German political party held its first meeting of importance in Munich; it became known as the Nazi Party, and its chief spokesman was Adolf Hitler.
1946 Argentinians went to the polls to elect Juan D. Peron their president.
1988 in a ruling that expanded legal protections for parody and satire, the Supreme Court overturned a $200,000 award that the Rev. Jerry Falwell had won against Hustler magazine and publisher Larry Flynt.
1945 Ahmed Maher Pasha Egypt’s PM, assassinated in parliament.
1874 Honus Wagner HOF shortstop (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900-17).
Actor Abe Vigoda is 87. Actor Steven Hill is 86. Actor-singer Dominic Chianese is 77. Movie composer Michel Legrand is 76. Actor James Farentino is 70. Actor Barry Bostwick is 63. Actor Edward James Olmos is 61. Singer-writer-producer Rupert Holmes is 61. Rock singer-musician George Thorogood is 58. Actress Debra Jo Rupp is 57. Actress Helen Shaver is 57. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is 53. News anchor Paula Zahn is 52. Country singer Sammy Kershaw is 50. Singer Michelle Shocked is 46. Movie director Todd Field is 44. Actor Billy Zane is 42. Actress Bonnie Somerville is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brandon Brown (Mista) is 25.
1983 Tennessee Williams US playwright (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies at 71.
1994 Dinah Shore singer (Chevrolet), dies of cancer at 76.
1998 Henny Youngman, a tireless comic who quipped “Take my wife — please” and countless other one-liners during a career that spanned seven decades, died in New York City at age 91. “I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up … they have no holidays.”
February 24, the 55th day of 2008. There are 311 days left in the year.