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Saturday 24 February 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • World Information Architecture Day (World IA Day is a one-day annual celebration hosted by the Information Architecture Institute and held in dozens of locations across the globe)

Events

  • 2015 A Metrolink train derails in Oxnard, California following a collision with a truck, leaving more than 30 injured.
  • 1983 – A special commission of the United States Congress condemns the Japanese American internment during World War II.
  • 1980 – The United States Olympic hockey team completes its Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4–2 to win the gold medal.
  • 1946 – Colonel Juan Perón, founder of the political movement that became known as Peronism, is elected to his first term as President of Argentina.
  • 1920 – The Nazi Party is founded.
  • 1920 Nancy Astor became the first woman to speak in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom following her election as a Member of Parliament (MP) three months earlier.
  • 1917 – World War I: The U.S. ambassador Walter Hines Page to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if Mexico declares war on the United States.
  • 1916 The Governor-General of Korea establishes a clinic called Jahyewon in Sorokdo to segregate Hansen's disease patients.
  • 1895 – Revolution breaks out in Baire, a town near Santiago de Cuba, beginning the Cuban War of Independence, that ends with the Spanish–American War in 1898.
  • 1868 – Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the Senate.
  • 1863 – Arizona is organized as a United States territory.
  • 1854 A Penny Red with perforations was the first perforated postage stamp to be officially issued for distribution.
  • 1831 – The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West.
  • 1826 – The signing of the Treaty of Yandabo marks the end of the First Anglo-Burmese War.
  • 1822 – The first Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad, is inaugurated.
  • 1803 – In Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the principle of judicial review.
  • 1711 The London première of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage.
  • 1607 L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, receives its première performance.
  • 1303 Battle of Roslin, of the First War of Scottish Independence.

Births

  • 1994 – Earl Sweatshirt, American hip-hop artist
  • 1991 – Madison Hubbell, American ice dancer
  • 1989 – Kosta Koufos, American basketball player
  • 1989 – Trace Cyrus, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1984 – Corey Graves, American wrestler and sportscaster
  • 1982 – Nick Blackburn, American baseball player
  • 1978 – DeWayne Wise, American baseball player
  • 1978 – John Nolan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1977 – Bronson Arroyo, American baseball player and singer
  • 1977 – Floyd Mayweather, Jr., American boxer
  • 1976 – Crista Flanagan, American actress and screenwriter
  • 1976 – Matt Skiba, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1976 – Zach Johnson, American golfer
  • 1974 – Bonnie Somerville, American actress
  • 1974 – Chad Hugo, American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1974 – Mike Lowell, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1973 – Chris Fehn, American drummer
  • 1971 – Josh Bernstein, American anthropologist, explorer, and author
  • 1970 – Jeff Garcia, American football player and coach
  • 1968 – Mitch Hedberg, American comedian and actor (d. 2005)
  • 1966 – Billy Zane, American actor and producer
  • 1965 – Jane Swift, American businesswoman and politician, Governor of Massachusetts
  • 1965 – Paul Gruber, American football player
  • 1962 – Michelle Shocked, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1959 – Beth Broderick, American actress and director
  • 1958 – Mark Moses, American actor
  • 1958 – Sammy Kershaw, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1956 – Eddie Murray, American baseball player and coach
  • 1956 – Judith Butler, American philosopher, theorist, and author
  • 1956 – Paula Zahn, American journalist and producer
  • 1955 – Eddie Johnson, American basketball player
  • 1955 – Steve Jobs, American businessman, co-founded Apple Inc. and Pixar (d. 2011)
  • 1954 Sid Meier, Canadian-American game designer and programmer, created the Civilization series
  • 1951 – Debra Jo Rupp, American actress
  • 1950 – George Thorogood, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1950 – Steve McCurry, American photographer and journalist
  • 1947 – Edward James Olmos, American actor and director
  • 1947 – Mike Fratello, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1947 – Rupert Holmes, English-American singer-songwriter and playwright
  • 1945 – Barry Bostwick, American actor and singer
  • 1943 – Kent Haruf, American novelist (d. 2014)
  • 1943 – Terry Semel, American businessman
  • 1942 – Joe Lieberman, American lawyer and politician
  • 1941 – Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress
  • 1940 – Jimmy Ellis, American boxer (d. 2014)
  • 1940 – Pete Duel, American actor (d. 1971)
  • 1938 – James Farentino, American actor (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Phil Knight, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Nike, Inc.
  • 1933 – Ali Mazrui, Kenyan-American political scientist, philosopher, and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1933 – David "Fathead" Newman, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2009)
  • 1933 – Judah Folkman, American physician and biologist (d. 2008)
  • 1932 – John Vernon, Canadian-American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1932 – Zell Miller, American sergeant and politician, 79th Governor of Georgia
  • 1931 – Dominic Chianese, American actor and singer
  • 1930 – Barbara Lawrence, American model and actress (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Bud Day, American colonel and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Hal Herring, American football player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1922 – Steven Hill, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1921 – Abe Vigoda, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1914 – Ralph Erskine, English-Swedish architect, designed The Ark and Byker Wall (d. 2005)
  • 1914 – Weldon Kees, American author, poet, painter, and pianist (d. 1955)
  • 1909 – August Derleth, American anthologist and author (d. 1971)
  • 1908 – Telford Taylor, American general, lawyer, and historian (d. 1998)
  • 1900 Irmgard Bartenieff, German-American dancer and physical therapist, leading pioneer of dance therapy (d. 1981)
  • 1896 – Richard Thorpe, American director and screenwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1890 – Marjorie Main, American actress (d. 1975)
  • 1885 – Chester W. Nimitz, American admiral (d. 1966)
  • 1874 – Honus Wagner, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1955)
  • 1836 – Winslow Homer, American painter and illustrator (d. 1910)
  • 1786 – Martin W. Bates, American lawyer and politician (d. 1869)
  • 1721 – John McKinly, Irish-American physician and politician, 1st Governor of Delaware (d. 1796)

Deaths

  • 2016 – George C. Nichopoulos, American soldier and physician (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Franny Beecher, American guitarist (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – Harold Ramis, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2013 – Virgil Johnson, American singer (b. 1935)
  • 2012 – Agnes Allen, American baseball player and therapist (b. 1930)
  • 2008 – Larry Norman, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1947)
  • 2007 – Bruce Bennett, American shot putter and actor (b. 1906)
  • 2007 – Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 2006 – Dennis Weaver, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – Don Knotts, American actor and comedian (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – John Martin, Canadian broadcaster, co-founded MuchMusic (b. 1947)
  • 2006 – Octavia E. Butler, American author and educator (b. 1947)
  • 2004 – John Randolph, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 2002 – Leo Ornstein, Ukrainian-American pianist and composer (b. 1893)
  • 2001 – Claude Shannon, American mathematician, cryptographer, and engineer (b. 1916)
  • 2001 – Theodore Marier, American composer and educator, founded the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School (b. 1912)
  • 1999 – Andre Dubus, American short story writer, essayist, and memoirist (b. 1936)
  • 1998 – Antonio Prohías, Cuban-American cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • 1998 – Henny Youngman, English-American comedian and violinist (b. 1906)
  • 1994 – Dinah Shore, American actress and singer (b. 1916)
  • 1991 – George Gobel, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1991 – John Daly, American journalist and game show host (b. 1914)
  • 1991 – Webb Pierce, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1921)
  • 1990 – Johnnie Ray, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1927)
  • 1990 – Malcolm Forbes, American sergeant and publisher (b. 1917)
  • 1990 – Tony Conigliaro, American baseball player (b. 1945)
  • 1982 – Virginia Bruce, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 1978 – Alma Thomas, American painter and educator (b.1891)
  • 1974 – Margaret Leech, American historian and author (b. 1893)
  • 1970 – Conrad Nagel, American actor (b. 1897)
  • 1953 – Robert La Follette Jr., American politician, senator of Wisconsin (b. 1895)
  • 1914 – Joshua Chamberlain, American general and politician, 32nd Governor of Maine (b. 1828)
  • 1876 – Joseph Jenkins Roberts, American-Liberian politician, 1st President of Liberia (b. 1809)
  • 1815 – Robert Fulton, American engineer (b. 1765)
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