Today in History for 24th February 2022

Historical Events

1582 – Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar
1899 – Western Washington University is established
1979 – Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
2008 – Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba due to ill health after nearly fifty years
2010 – Europe risks a double-dip recession after bad results emerge from France, Germany and Italy, it is reported today; the Eurozone only grew by 0.1% in the last quarter of 2009
2020 – New York firefighter Daniel Foley, who found his brother’s body in ruins of World Trade Center, dies of cancer bringing first responders death toll to 343

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Famous Birthdays

1827 – Charles Davis Jameson, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Gorham, Maine (d. 1862)
1914 – Zachary Scott, American actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1965)
1932 – Everard Goodman, English real estate developer (TOPS Estates)
1940 – Denis Law, Scottish footballer (Manchester United, Manchester City), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
1948 – Dennis Waterman, English actor (Fair Exchange, Minder, The Sweeney), born in London
1968 – John Velddman, soccer player (Sparta)

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Famous Deaths

1721 – John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, English statesman and poet (b. 1648)
1919 – Josephine McGill, composer, dies at 41
1925 – Hjalmar Branting, Prime Minister of Sweden, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1860)
1996 – James Runcieman Sutherland, academic, dies at 95
1998 – Antonio Prohias, Cuban-born cartoonist (b. 1921)
2004 – Alvino Rey, American orchestra leader (King Family), dies at 95

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