Today in History, February 24th

By | February 24, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, February 24th!

1803 Chief Justice John Marshall, by refusing to rule on the case of Marbury vs. Madison, asserts the authority of the judicial branch. John Marshall
1813 Off Guiana, the American sloop Hornet sinks the British sloop Peacock.
1821 Mexico gains independence from Spain.
1836 Some 3,000 Mexicans launch an assault on the Alamo with its 182 Texan defenders.
1863 Arizona was organized as a territory.
1868 The House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; the Senate later acquitted Johnson.
1895 The Cuban War of Independence begins.
1903 The United States signed an agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
1908 Japan officially agrees to restrict emigration to the U.S.
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.
1914 Civil War soldier Joshua Chamberlain dies.
1916 A film version of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea opens in New York.
1920 The German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform.
1921 Herbert Hoover becomes Secretary of Commerce.
1928 The New Gallery of New York exhibits works of Archibald Motley, its first show to feature a black artist.
1942 The Voice of America went on the air for the first time.
1944 Merrill’s Marauders, a specially trained group of American soldiers, begin their ground campaign against Japan into Burma.

Merrill's-Marauders

1945 American soldiers liberated the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese control during World War II.
1947 Franz von Papen is sentenced to eight years in a labor camp for war crimes.
1955 Apple computer co-founder Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco.
1959 Khrushchev rejects the Western plan for the Big Four meeting on Germany.
1968 North Vietnamese troops capture the imperial palace in Hue, South Vietnam.
1972 Hanoi negotiators walks out of the peace talks in Paris to protest U.S. air raids on North Vietnam.
1981 Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain’s Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
1991 General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the coalition army, sends in ground forces during the Gulf War.
1998 Comedian Henny Youngman died at age 91.
1999 Lauryn Hill won five Grammys for her debut solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”
2006 South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions.
2006 NASA said 2005 was the warmest year in more than a century of record-keeping.
2008 Cuba’s parliament named Raul Castro president, ending nearly 50 years of rule by his brother Fidel. Raul-Castro

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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