February 24 in Pop Culture History

February 24th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

February 24th History Highlights

  • 1582 – Gregorian Calendar: Pope Gregory XIII issued a new, more accurate calendar that the Julian, which had been used for 1500 years. #intergravissimas
  • 1868 – Andrew Johnson became the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He was later acquitted in the Senate.
  • 1942 – In what may or may not have been a UFO attack, The Battle of Los Angeles lasted into the early hours of February 25. (probably not)
  • 1980 – The United States Olympic Hockey team completed its Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4 – 2 to win the gold medal.
  • If you were born on February 24th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… June 3rd (prior year)


Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented.
It was ruled “Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden,” and thus the word GOLF entered into the English Language.

February 24th is…

Inconvenience Yourself Day
National Trading Card Day
Twin Peaks Day
World Bartender Day

February 24th Birthday Quotes

“We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on.”
– Steve Jobs

“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.”
– Chester W. Nimitz

“I don’t want my picture in any cigarettes, but I also don’t want you to lose the ten dollars, so I’m enclosing my check for that sum.”
– Honus Wagner, his baseball cards were later recalled, which makes his cards so rare.

“I got the role because the producer thought I looked tired, but I looked tired because I had been jogging earlier that day.”
– Abe Vigoda

“I said if you want to be Keith Richards, you’ve got to listen to Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. Then I thought, ‘What did Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry listen to?’  I said, ‘They listened to Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters.’ Well, who’d they listen to? They listened to Robert Johnson. I said, ‘Ok, we’ll start with that.'”
– George Thorogood

“When I grow up I want to be an old woman.”
– Michelle Shocked

“You hear certain things, negative things, all the time that aren’t true, but you never hear about the positive.”
– Floyd Mayweather, Jr

February 24th Birthdays

1619 – Charles Le Brun, French painter and theorist (died in 1690)
1786 – Wilhelm Grimm, German anthropologist, author and Brother (died in 1859)
1827 – Lydia Becker, English-French activist (died in 1890)
1836 – Homer Winslow, American illustrator (died in 1910)
1874 – Honus Wagner, American baseball player, coach, and manager (died in 1955)
1885 – Chester Nimitz, American admiral (died in 1966)
1896 – Richard Thorpe, American director and screenwriter (died in 1991)
1921 – Abe Vigoda, American character actor (died in 2016)
1922 – Steven Hill, American actor (died in 2016)
1930 – Barbara Lawrence, American model and actress (died in 2013)
1938 – James Farentino, American actor (died in 2012)
1941 – Joanie Sommers, American singer and actress
1945 – Barry Bostwick, American actor
1947 – Rupert Holmes, English-American singer-songwriter
1950 – George Thorogood, American singer-songwriter
1951 – Debra Jo Rupp, American actress
1951 – Helen Shaver, Canadian actress
1954 – Plastic Bertrand (Roger François Jouret), Belgian singer-songwriter and producer
1955 – Steve Jobs, American businessman, co-founded Apple Inc. and Pixar (died in 2011)
1956 – Paula Zahn, American journalist
1958 – Sammy Kershaw, American singer-songwriter
1962 – Michelle Shocked (Karen Johnston), American singer-songwriter
1966 – Billy Zane, American actor
1977 – Floyd Mayweather, Jr., American boxer
1989 – Trace Cyrus, American singer-songwriter

February 24th History

1582 – The Gregorian Calendar, which most of the world uses today, was introduced.

1711 – The London premiere of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel. It was the first Italian opera written for the London stage.

1863 – Arizona was organized as a United States territory.

1892 (Earthquake) Imperial Valley, California

1920 – Nancy Astor became the first woman to speak in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.

1938 – A nylon-bristled toothbrush became the first commercial product to be made with nylon yarn.

1938 – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) had bought the rights to adapt L. Frank Baum’s beloved children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as reported by Variety magazine.

1938 – DuPont began commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles for the so-called “Miracle Tuft Toothbrush.”

1952 – The Reputed ‘Battle of LA’ in Los Angeles, California

February 24, 1969, Jenna Maroney, 30 Rock, TV

1970 – The National Public Radio was founded in the US.

1973 – #1 Hit February 24, 1973 – March 23, 1973: Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly with His Song

1981- The engagement of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer was announced

1982 – The U.S. Supreme Court voted 8-0 to overturn the $200,000 settlement awarded to the Reverend Jerry Falwell for his emotional distress at being parodied in Hustler, a pornographic magazine. Basically, the Supreme Court ruled that you can mock public figures.

February 24, 1989 (fiction) RIP Laura Palmer, Twin Peaks, TV

1989 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa and offers a $3 million bounty for the death of Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses.

1993- Michael Jackson received the Grammy Legend award which was presented to him by his sister Janet at the 35th annual Grammy Awards.

2001 – #1 Hit February 24, 2001 – March 23, 2001: Joe featuring Mystikal – Stutter

2011 – The final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103)

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Bar code readers don’t read the black lines; they read the white spaces in between.

“Just keep swimming.” Dora, in Finding Nemo #moviequotes

The Walt Disney World Railroad has become one of the world’s busiest steam-powered railroads, with 3.7 million passengers served each year.

“That’ll do pig. That’ll do.” #moviequotes

“Eating rice cakes is like chewing on a foam coffee cup, only less filling.” – Dave Barry

People waste their time wishing they had more time.

If you think highly of someone, tell them.

I was sweeping the floor today, and the more I swept the more dirt I collected. It simply didn’t come clean. Now I’m 400 feet below the earth’s surface.

The Capital of the United States of America is Washington D.C.

In1982, the city of Key West, Florida declared its independence, declared war on the United States, and surrendered a minute later

When you buy a beggir bathtub you have more bathroom but less bathroom.

New York City Drivers spend an average of 107 hours a year searching for parking spots.

After being in the working world for over a decade now, I realized the most useful class I ever took over 16 years of schooling was in 6th grade. We spent nine weeks learning how to type.

“If you’re there before it’s over, you’re on time.” – James Walker

More Pop Culture History Resources