Today in History - February 24

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1208        Feb 24, Francis of Assisi (26) decided to become a priest in Portiuncula, Italy.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1500        Feb 24, Charles V, king of Spain (1516-1556), was born in Ghent, Belgium. He was the last Holy Roman Emperor to be crowned by the Pope.
    (HN, 2/24/99)(SFEC, 11/21/99, p.T10)(MC, 2/24/02)

1525        Feb 24, In the first of the Franco-Habsburg Wars, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V captured the French king Francis I at the battle of Pavia, in Italy. This was the decisive engagement of the Italian War of 1521-26.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Pavia)(Econ, 12/12/09, p.93)

1538        Feb 24, Ferdinand of Hapsburg and John Zapolyai, the two kings of Hungary, concluded the peace of Grosswardein.
    (HN, 2/24/99)

1582        Feb 24, Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull, or edict, outlining his calendar reforms. The old Julian Calendar had an error rate of one day in every 128 years. This was corrected in the Gregorian Calendar of Pope Gregory XIII, but Protestant countries did not accept the change till 1700 and later. [see 1552 and Oct 4, 1582]
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(TL-MB, 1988, p.23)(HN, 6/7/98)(SFEC, 2/20/00, Par p.7)(AP, 2/24/02)

1595          Feb 24, Mathias Casimir Sarbievius, poet and prof. at Vilnius Univ., was born in Sarbev, Poland. He died in Warsaw Apr 2, 1640.
    (LHC, 2/23/03)

1607        Feb 24, Claudio Monteverdi's opera "Orfeo," premiered at the Court Theater in Mantua.
    (WSJ, 6/19/97, p.A16)(AP, 2/24/07)

1616        Feb 24, Qualifiers of the Holy Office concluded that a sun-centered theory was “foolish and absurd in philosophy, and formally heretical, inasmuch as it expressly contradicts the teachings of many passages of Holy scriptures."
    (SSFC, 10/31/04, p.B6)

1619        Feb 24, Charles Le Brun, painter, designer, was born in Paris.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1704        Feb 24, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, French composer (church music), died.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1766        Feb 24, Samuel Wesley (d.1837), composer, organist (Exultate Deo), was born in Bristol, England. He studied, played, and preached Bach.
    (LGC-HCS, p.32)(MC, 2/24/02)

1768          Feb 24, Lithuania-Poland signed an eternal friendship treaty with Russia along with a guarantee of protection. Lithuania and Poland agreed not to change their state system.
    (LHC, 2/23/03)

1785        Feb 24, Carlo Bonaparte (39), Corsican attorney, died.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1786        Feb 24, Wilhelm Carl Grimm (d.1859), compiler of "Grimm's Fairytales," was born in Germany.
    (HN, 2/24/98)(WUD, 1994, p.623)
1786        Feb 24, Charles Cornwallis, whose armies had surrendered to US at Yorktown, was appointed governor-general of India.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1803        Feb 24, The US Supreme Court ruled itself the final interpreter of constitutional issues. Chief Justice John Marshall, by refusing to rule on the case of Marbury vs. Madison, asserted the authority of the judicial branch. The US Supreme Court 1st ruled a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison).
    (AP, 2/24/98)(HN, 2/24/98)

1807        Feb 24, In a crush to witness the hanging of Holloway, Heggerty and Elizabeth Godfrey in England 17 died and 15 were wounded.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1813        Feb 24, Off Guiana, the American sloop Hornet sank the British sloop Peacock.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1815        Feb 24, Robert Fulton (b.1765), steamboat pioneer, died at age 49. In 2001 Kirkpatrick Sale authored the biography: “The Fire of His Genius."
    (WSJ, 9/24/01, p.A22)(MC, 2/24/02)

1821        Feb 24, Mexico rebels proclaimed the "Plan de Iguala," their declaration of independence from Spain, and took over the mission lands in California.
    (HT, 3/97, p.61)(AP, 2/24/98)(HN, 2/24/98)

1825        Feb 24, Thomas Bowdler, self-appointed Shakespearean censor, died. His expurgated Shakespeare edition was published in 1818.
    (MC, 2/24/02)(SFC, 1/21/04, p.D2)

1836        Feb 24, Winslow Homer (d.1910), American painter, was born. He began his career as an illustrator for Harper's Weekly during America's Civil War. He is believed to have died a virgin and took up a hermit’s life in his mid 40s.
    (WSJ, 4/2/96, p.A-12)(HN, 2/24/99)
1836        Feb 24, Some 3,000 Mexicans under Gen. Santa Ana launched an assault on the Alamo, with its 182 Texan defenders. The siege lasted 13 days.
    (HN, 2/24/98)(MC, 2/24/02)

1838        Feb 24, Thomas Benton Smith, Brig. General (Confederate Army), was born in Mechanicsville, Tennessee. He was wounded at Stone’s River/Murfreesboro and again at Chickamauga. He was captured at the Battle of Nashville (1864) where he was beaten over the head with a sword by Col. William Linn McMillen of the 95th Ohio Infantry. His brain was exposed and it was believed he would die. He recovered partially and spent the last 47 years of his life in the State Asylum in Nashville, Tennessee, where he died on May 21, 1923. He’s buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.
    (MC, 2/24/02)(Internet)

1839        Feb 24, A steam shovel was patented by William Otis, Philadelphia.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1841        Feb 24, John Phillip Holland, inventor of the modern submarine, was born.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1842        Feb 24, Arrigio Enrico Boito, composer (Mefistofele), was born.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1846        Feb 24, Luigi Denza, composer, was born.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1848        Feb 24, King Louis-Philippe abdicated and the 2nd French republic was declared. [see Feb 26]
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1855        Feb 24, US Court of Claims was formed for cases against the government.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1863        Feb 24, Arizona was organized as a territory.
    (AP, 2/24/98)
1863        Feb 24, Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest made a raid on Brentwood, Tennessee.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1864        Feb 24-25, Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard's Roost).
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1868        Feb 24, Impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson began. The House of Representatives voted vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson following his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; the Senate later acquitted Johnson. Sen. Edmund G. Ross of Kansas cast the last deciding vote against impeachment. Democrats defended Johnson. 7 Republicans cast “no" votes.
    (HN, 2/24/98)(AP, 2/24/98)(WSJ, 12/11/98, p.A14)(SFC, 12/21/98, p.A3)(MC, 2/24/02)
1868        Feb 24, The 1st US parade with floats was at the Mardi Gras in Mobile,  Alabama.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1874        Feb 24, Honus Wagner, baseball shortstop, was born. He later became known as "The Flying Dutchman."
    (HN, 2/24/01)

1876        Feb 24, Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt," premiered in Oslo.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1885        Feb 24, Chester Nimitz, was born. He was the U.S. admiral who commanded naval forces in the Pacific during WWII.
    (HN, 2/24/99)

1887        Feb 24, Mary Ellen Chase (d.1973), New England writer, was born. “Suffering without understanding in this life is a heap worse than suffering when you have at least the grain of an idea what it’s all for."
    (AP, 6/23/97)(HN, 2/24/01)

1895        Feb 24, The Cuban War of Independence began. [see Oct 10, 1868]
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1903        Feb 24, The United States signed an agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Pres. Roosevelt leased the site for 2,000 gold coins a year, about $4,080 in 2002.
    (AP, 2/24/98)(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A7)

1905        Feb 24, Russian Minister of Agriculture, Alexi Yermolov offered the Czar a new constitution.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1908        Feb 24, Japan officially agreed to restrict immigration to the U.S.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1909        Feb 24, August Derleth, writer (Still is the Summer Night, The Shield of the Valiant), was born.
    (HN, 2/24/01)

1912        Feb 24, The Jewish organization Hadassah was founded in New York City.
    (HN, 2/24/01)
1912        Feb 24, Italy bombed Beirut in the first act of war against the Ottoman Empire.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1914        Feb 24, Joshua Chamberlain (85) died. He was the Bowdoin College Maine professor whose incredible defense of Little Round Top at Gettysburg and other heroics earned him promotion to Major General and the Congressional Medal of Honor.
    (HN, 2/24/98)(MC, 2/24/02)

1916        Feb 24, Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" opened in New York.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1917        Feb 24, The British presented the decoded Zimmermann telegram, a German plot for Mexican help, to Pres. Wilson and an enraged Wilson released the document to the American public on March 1. On April 6, 1917, America formally declared war on Germany and her Allies.
    (HNPD, 2/24/99)(MC, 2/24/02)

1918          Feb 24, Estonia's Independence Day. Estonia proclaimed independence from Russia.
    (LHC, 2/23/03)

1920        Feb 24, A fledgling German political party held its first meeting of importance at Hofbrauhaus in Munich; it became known as the Nazi Party, and its chief spokesman was Adolf Hitler.
    (AP, 2/24/00)

1921        Feb 24, Herbert Hoover became Secretary of Commerce. In a January 1926 letter to then Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, the senior Guggenheim announced the establishment of the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics.
    (HN, 2/24/98)
1921        Feb 24, A giant plane was completed at 421 Colyton Street, Los Angeles. The "leviathan of the Skies" or "The Cloudster," was designed by Donald Douglas and was the first to carry a load greater than it own weight.
    (www.lahistoryarchive.org)

1924        Feb 24, Mahatma Gandhi was released from jail.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1928        Feb 24, In its first show to feature a Black artist, the New Gallery of New York exhibited works of Archibald Motley.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1932        Feb 24, Michel Legrand, composer (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), was born.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1933        Feb 24, Final demonstration of German communist party in Berlin took place.
    (MC, 2/24/02)
1933        Feb 24, The League of Nations told the Japanese to pull out of Manchuria.
    (www.indiana.edu/~league/1933.htm)

1934        Feb 24, Renata Scotto, soprano (Violetta, La Traviata), was born in Savona, Italy.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1938        Feb 24, The first nylon products, toothbrushes, were marketed in New Jersey by Du Pont.
    (HN, 2/24/98)(MC, 2/24/02)

1939        Feb 24, Hungary signed an anti-Communist pact with Italy, Germany and Japan.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1942        Feb 24, The Voice of America went on the air for the first time with broadcasts in German. The US State Dept. made William Winter (d.1999) its first Voice of America three months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
    (AP, 2/24/98)(SFC, 11/9/99, p.A23)(MC, 2/24/02)
1942        Feb 24, Some 1,600 Pittsburg, Ca., residents of Italian descent were evacuated. Nationwide some 600,000 of 5 million Italians were undocumented and deemed “enemy aliens" until Oct 12.
    (SSCM, 10/21/01, p.11,19)
1942        Feb 24, The SS Struma was sunk in the Black Sea by a Soviet torpedo. The ship with over 750 Jewish passengers fleeing Romania, had docked in Istanbul, but was denied entry to Palestinian territory by colonial power Britain. On Feb 23 Turkey towed the vessel to the Black Sea and set it adrift. Only one person survived.
    (AP, 2/24/12)

1944        Feb 24, Barry Bostwick, actor (Rocky Horror Show, Megaforce), was born in San Mateo, Ca.
    (MC, 2/24/02)
1944        Feb 24, Merrill's Marauders, a specially trained group of American soldiers, began their ground campaign against Japan into Burma. They were led by Brigadier General Frank Merrill (b.1903-1955), the first US infantry combat force to fight the Japanese on the mainland of Asia.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merrill%27s_Marauders)(www.marauder.org/history.htm)
1944        Feb 24, Col. Juan Peron, Argentine minister of war, staged a coup.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1945        Feb 24, U.S. forces liberated prisoners of war in the Los Baños Prison in the Philippines.
    (HN, 2/24/99)
1945        Feb 24, American soldiers liberated the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese control during World War II.
    (AP, 2/24/98)
1945        Feb 24, Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha was killed in Parliament after reading a decree.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1946        Feb 24, Argentinians went to the polls to elect Juan D. Peron (50) their president. He held the office until 1955.
    (PCh, 1992, p.899)(AP, 2/24/08)

1947        Feb 24, Franz von Papen was sentenced to eight years in a labor camp for war crimes. Pompous scion of an old aristocratic family, he became chancellor of Germany in 1932.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1949        Feb 24, A V-2 WAC-Corporal was the 1st rocket to outer space. It was fired at White Sands, NM, and reached 400 km.
    (MC, 2/24/02)
1949        Feb 24, Israel and Egypt signed an armistice agreement.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1952        Feb 24, The French evacuated Hoa Binh in Vietnam in order to mass for the Tonkin Delta drive.
    (HN, 2/24/99)

1953        Feb 24, Karl R.G. von Rundstedt (77), German general and field marshal at Ardennes, died.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1955        Feb 24, Steven Jobs, co-founder (Apple Computer), was born.
    (SFC, 8/25/11, p.A10)
1955        Feb 24, The Cole Porter musical "Silk Stockings" opened at the Imperial Theater on Broadway for 461 performances.
    (AP, 2/24/99)(MC, 2/24/02)
1955        Feb 24, Ike Eisenhower met with newspaper publisher Roy Howard and expressed his resistance under pressure to commit American troops to Vietnam. The conversation was recorded on a dictabelt machine that Eisenhower had secretly installed in the president’s office.
    (SFEC, 6/15/97, p.A14)

1959        Feb 24, Khrushchev rejected the Western plan for the Big Four meeting on Germany.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1962        Feb 24, New York police seized $20 million worth of heroin.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1965        Feb 24, Beatles began filming "Help" in Bahamas.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1966        Feb 24, A military coup overthrew Ghana’s Pres. Kwame Nkrumah. He fled to Guinea.
    (http://blogcritics.org/archives/2004/09/19/150104.php)

1969        Feb 24, The US Supreme Court in the Tinker vs. Des Moines School District case ruled that students had the right to express opinions at odds with the government.
    (WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A22)(www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/comm/free_speech/tinker.html)

1970        Feb 24, 29 Swiss Army officers died in avalanche at Reckingen, Switzerland.
    (http://library.thinkquest.org/C003603/english/avalanches/casestudies.shtml#54)

1971        Feb 24, Algeria nationalized French oil companies.
    (www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Africa/Algeria-ENERGY-AND-POWER.html)

1972        Feb 24, Hanoi negotiators walked out of the peace talks in Paris to protest U.S. air raids on North Vietnam.
    (HN, 2/24/98)

1975        Feb 24, Hans Bellmer (b.1902), German surrealist artist, died in Paris. He made paper-mache female dolls and photographed them in skewed configurations.
    (NW, 2/18/02, p.70)(www.artnet.com/Magazine/reviews/oisteanu/oisteanu3-14-05.asp)

1976        Feb 24, Republican Gerald Ford won the New Hampshire primary over Ronald Reagan 50.1 to 48.6%. Democrat Jimmie Carter won over Mo Udall and Birch Bayh 28.7 to 23 to 15.3%.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_primary)
1976        Feb 24, H. Allen Smith (b.1907), author, TV host (Armchair Detective), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Allen_Smith)
1976        Feb 24, Cuba's revised socialist constitution went into effect. It defined the Communist Party as the “directing force of society and the state." Article 88 of this year’s Cuban Constitution said any citizen who collects the signatures of at least 10,000 registered voters can petition the National Assembly for a referendum on any subject.
    (http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/news/aa041300a.htm)(WSJ, 5/13/02, p.A1)(Econ, 3/24/12, SR p.10)

1977        Feb 24, Pres. Carter announced the US was cutting off all military aid to Ethiopia because of its human rights violations. The unstated reason was the US desire to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to lure Somalia from the Soviet camp, an effort which was ultimately successful.
    (www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Politics/africa.html)

1980        Feb 24, The U.S. hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to clinch the gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.
    (AP, 2/24/98)

1981        Feb 24, A jury in White Plains, New York, found Jean Harris guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of “Scarsdale Diet" author Dr. Herman Tarnower.
    (AP, 2/24/01)
1981        Feb 24, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
    (AP, 2/24/98)

1983        Feb 24, A US congressional commission, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, released a report condemning the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as a "grave injustice."
    (AP, 2/24/98)(SFEC, 8/9/98, p.A10)
1983        Feb 24, Tennessee Williams, US playwright born as Thomas Lanier Williams (1911), died in NYC. He left a $10 million estate to support his sister and directed that anything left go to support aspiring writers at the Univ. of the South of Sewanee. His plays included “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and “The Rose Tattoo" originally titled "The Eclipse of May 29, 1919." In 1995 Lyle Leverich (d.1999 at 79) published "Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams," a definitive work on the playwright's formative years. In 2007 editor Margaret Bradham Thornton published “Notebooks: Tennessee Williams."
    (http://tinyurl.com/s8zm5)(SFC, 12/25/99, p.B4)(SSFC, 5/13/07, p.M6)

1986        Feb 24, Sherri Rasmussen (29) was beaten, shot and killed at her condominium in Los Angeles. In 2009 Police detective Stephanie Lazarus (49) was charged with the murder following DNA evidence linking her to the murder of her former boyfriend’s wife. On May 11, 2012, Lazarus (52) was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 6/10/09, p.B5)(http://celebrity.rightpundits.com/?p=6093)(SFC, 5/12/12, p.A5)

1987        Feb 24, Fawn Hall, former personal secretary to fired National Security Council aide Oliver L. North, posed for news photographers outside her attorney's office, calling the attention "a little overwhelming."
    (AP, 2/24/07)
1987        Feb 24, Ian Shelton, astronomer, found a new fierce light in the sky created by the titanic explosion of a nearby star in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Supernova 1987A. This was the first time since 1604 that such an event could be seen with the naked eye. It was the first supernova of the year. It is located 170,000 light-years away.
    (NG, 5/88, p.619-620)(NH, 10/1/04, p.30)

1988        Feb 24, In a 8-0 ruling that expanded legal protections for parody and satire, the US Supreme Court overturned a $200,000 award that the Rev. Jerry Falwell had won against "Hustler" magazine and publisher Larry Flynt.
    (AP, 2/24/98)
1988        Feb 24, A week of tropical rainstorms left at least 275 people dead in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
    {Brazil, WeatherSA}
    (http://tinyurl.com/r629d)

1989        Feb 24, A cargo door blew off a United Air Lines Boeing 747-100 flying near Hawaii; the explosive release of pressure pulled nine passengers to their deaths.
    (AP, 2/24/99)
1989        Feb 24, In Utah a 150-million-year-old fossil egg, still inside the mother, was found by CAT scan to contain the oldest dinosaur embryo.
    (http://tinyurl.com/fme92)
1989        Feb 24, Writer Salman Rushdie was sentenced to death by the Iranian government for writing Satanic Verses.
    (HN, 2/24/99)
1989        Feb 24, A state funeral was held in Japan for Emperor Hirohito, who died the month before at age 87.
    (AP, 2/24/99)

1990        Feb 24, Malcolm Forbes (70), magazine publisher died in Far Hills, N.J.
    (AP, 2/24/00)
1990        Feb 24, Johnnie Ray (63), fifties balladeer (Cry), died in Los Angeles of liver failure.
    (AP, 2/24/00)

1991        Feb 24, The United States and its Gulf War allies launched a large-scale ground assault against Iraqi troops, many of whom surrendered to the advancing forces. General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the coalition army, sent in ground forces to liberate Kuwait from the Iraqis.
    (HN, 2/24/98)(AP, 2/24/01)

1992        Feb 24, Secretary of State James A. Baker III told a House subcommittee that Israel should stop building settlements in the occupied territories, or forfeit $10 billion in U.S. loan guarantees. A fourth round of Mideast peace talks began in Washington, D.C.
    (AP, 2/24/02)
1992        Feb 24, General Motors reported a record $4.5 billion loss for 1991.
    (AP, 2/24/02)

1993        Feb 24, At the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Eric Clapton won six trophies, including album of the year for "Unplugged" and record and song of the year for "Tears in Heaven."
    (AP, 2/24/98)
1993        Feb 24, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announced he was stepping down.
    (AP, 2/24/98)

1994        Feb 24, US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders labeled smoking an "adolescent addiction" and accused the tobacco industry of trying to convince teen-agers that cigarettes will make them sexy and successful.
    (AP, 2/24/99)
1994        Feb 24, Entertainer Dinah Shore died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 76.
    (AP, 2/24/99)
1994        Feb 24, Jean Sablon (87), French crooner, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Sablon)

1995        Feb 24, Under pressure from farm-state Republicans, House leaders abandoned a campaign promise to disband the food stamp program.
    (AP, 2/24/00)

1996        Feb 24, Steve Forbes won the Delaware presidential primary.
    (AP, 2/24/01)
1996        Feb 24, Cuban war planes shot down two unarmed private planes flown by a refugee group in Florida. Cuba claimed the planes violated its airspace. 4 men were killed including 3 US citizens. In 2001 Gerardo Hernandez (36) was convicted of conspiracy in the deaths of the aviators. Antonio Guerrero (43), convicted for spying while working a Navy base in Florida, was sentenced to life in prison on Dec 27. In 2009 Guerrero’s sentence was reduced to 20 years.
    (WSJ, 2/23/96, p.A-1)(SFC,12/18/97, p.A6)(AP, 2/24/98)(WSJ, 12/13/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/14/09, p.A4)

1997        Feb 24, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met in Beijing with Chinese officials, telling them to improve their country's record on human rights or face condemnation by the United States and its allies.
    (AP, 2/24/98)
1997        Feb 24, The Food and Drug Administration named six brands of birth control as safe and effective "morning-after" pills for preventing pregnancy.
    (AP, 2/24/98)
1997        Feb 24, In Romania a new economic package, introduced last week, planned to reduce state subsidies, deregulate food and energy prices, close unprofitable state enterprises and private others.
    (SFC, 2/24/97, p.A10)
1997        Feb 24, In unrecognized Somaliland Mohammed Ibrahim Egal was re-elected by clan leaders as president.
    (SFC, 2/25/97, p.a14)

1998        Feb 24, It was reported that German researchers used human fibroblast growth factor, FGF-1, to grow new blood vessels around clogged coronary arteries.
    (WSJ, 2/24/98, p.B1)
1998        Feb 24, Henny Youngman died in New York City at age 91-92. He was a tireless comic who quipped "Take my wife -- please" and countless other one-liners during a career that spanned seven decades.
    (SFC, 2/25/98, p.C2)(AP, 2/24/99)
1998        Feb 24, In Columbia Victor Manuel Carranza, aka the “Emerald King," was arrested near Bogota on charges of financing right-wing paramilitary death squads.
    (SFC, 2/26/98, p.A9)
1998        Feb 24, In Germany 6 service-sector unions agreed to merge by year 2000 to create the world’s largest union with 4 million members.
    (WSJ, 2/25/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 24, In Israel Mossad chief Danny Yatom resigned over the agency’s botched attempt to poison a Hamas leader in Jordan on Sep 25.
    (SFC, 2/27/98, p.D2)
1998        Feb 24, In Turkey the former Welfare Party changed its name to the Virtue Party and elected Recai Kutan as leader. Separately university students protested a  ban on Islamic dress.
    (WSJ, 2/25/98, p.A1)

1999        Feb 24, The Senate voted overwhelmingly to give the nation's military the biggest benefits increase since the early 1980s.
    (AP, 2/24/00)
1999        Feb 24, Lauryn Hill won a record five awards at the 41st annual Grammys, including album of the year and best new artist, on the strength of her solo debut album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.D1)(AP, 2/24/00)   
1999        Feb 24, The US and 5 other agricultural countries (Canada, Australia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay) rejected a proposal supported by 130 nations that would have required countries to approve in advance any imports of agricultural commodities that had been genetically altered.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 24, Andre Dubus, short story writer, died in Haverhill, Mass., at age 62. His work included the novel: "The Lieutenant" (1967), the short story collection "Dancing after Hours" and essays "Meditations from a Movable Chair." Dubus became crippled in 1986 when he stopped to help a motorist and was hit by a passing car.
    (WSJ, 2/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 2/27/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 24, In Arizona Karl LaGrand (35), a German citizen, was executed by lethal injection for the 1982 murder of a bank manager.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 24, In Kosovo ethnic Albanians planned a provisional government, but Adem Demaci, a leader in the rebel army, said that he would not recognize it.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 24, China announced that it would veto a Security Council resolution to renew a UN peacekeeping force in Macedonia, which had recently established relations with Taiwan.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 24, A China Southwest Airlines jet crashed near Ruian and all 61 people onboard were killed. The jet was a Russian-made Tupelov-154.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.A11)
1999        Feb 24, In England a government report that found London's police force to be "riven with pernicious and institutionalized racism" was made public. The report was born out of the 1993 killing of Stephen Lawrence and a subsequent trial.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 24, Eritrea said that it had destroyed 31 Ethiopian tanks, captured 3 others and shot down a Mi-24 helicopter gunship.
    (SFC, 2/27/99, p.A14)
1999        Feb 24, In Iran 3 Kurds died while fighting police during a protest over the capture of Ocalan.
    (WSJ, 2/25/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 24, Latvia became the first Baltic state to be a full member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
    (BN, 3/99, p.1)

2000        Feb 24, In Arizona Salvatore Gravano, "Sammy the Bull," was arrested for financing a drug ring led by Michael Papa, the founding member of a white supremacist gang.
    (SFC, 2/25/00, p.A2)   
2000        Feb 24, The state of Texas executed Betty Lou Beets, 62, by injection for the 1983 murder of her fifth husband. Governor George W. Bush refused to intervene. She was the 2nd woman executed in Texas since the Civil War.
    (SFC, 2/25/00, p.A3)(AP, 2/24/01)
2000        Feb 24, The Brunei government began legal proceedings against Prince Jefri Bolkiah and froze his assets. He was accused of improper use of embezzling nearly $16 million from state coffers while serving as finance minister from 1986-1998. Jefri reached an out-of-court settlement with the government agreeing to pay the money back, which he allegedly used to buy hotels and other expensive assets.
    (SFC, 2/25/00, p.D4)(SSFC, 12/2/07, p.A31)
2000        Feb 24, In Bogota, Colombia, an auto-free day to reduce smog was observed as declared by Mayor Enrique Penalosa.
    (SFC, 2/25/00, p.D3)
2000        Feb 24, The UN Security Council approved a proposal to send as many as 5,537 observers and peace-keeping troops to the Congo to monitor a fragile cease-fire.
    (SFC, 2/25/00, p.A16)(AP, 2/24/01)
2000        Feb 24, In East Timor Australian peacekeepers handed control of the region over to a UN force.
    (WSJ, 2/24/00, p.A1)
2000        Feb 24, Pope John Paul the Second arrived in Egypt on a pilgrimage to retrace some of the most epic passages from the Bible.
    (SFC, 2/25/00, p.A18)(WSJ, 2/24/00, p.A1)(AP, 2/24/01)
2000        Feb 24, In the Philippines the Mayon volcano erupted on Luzon.
    (SFC, 2/25/00, p.A16)
2000        Feb 24, In Sudan some 160 aid workers began leaving the southern region following a rebel ultimatum to comply with new terms for aid deliveries or face expulsion. At least 11 int'l. aid organizations refused demands for higher taxes and more control.
    (SFC, 2/29/00, p.A12)

2001        Feb 24, US Sec. of State Colin Powell met [in Jerusalem, in Cairo] with Igor Ivanor, the Russian foreign minister, and pledged a constructive approach to dealing with Iraq, missile defenses and other points of policy discord.
    (SSFC, 2/25/01, p.A14)(AP, 2/24/02)
2001        Feb 24, Fugitive financier Marc Rich, whose 11th-hour pardon by former President Clinton caused a wave of controversy, spoke out for the first time, describing the pardon as a “humanitarian act."
    (AP, 2/24/02)
2001        Feb 24, The US Navy and Coast Guard captured 10 men and 8.8 tons of cocaine on a Belize-flagged fishing boat 250 miles west of Acapulco.
    (SFC, 3/5/01, p.A3)
2001        Feb 24, A tornado in Pontotoc County, Mississippi, left 5 people dead.
    (SFC, 2/26/01, p.A3)
2001        Feb 24, Mathematician and computer scientist Claude Shannon, whose theories about binary code became the basis for modern mass communications networks, died in Medford, Mass., at age 84.
    (AP, 2/24/02)
2001        Feb 24, In Borneo naval vessels began evacuating some 24,000 refugees from the island of Medura, where the death toll had risen to 210.
    (SSFC, 2/25/01, p.A14)
2001        Feb 24, It was reported that Japanese physicists created a superconductor using magnesium dibromide at minus 389º F.
    (SFC, 2/24/01, p.A7)
2001        Feb 24, Ugyen Thinley Dorje (15), the 17th Karmapa Lama, led prayers to mark the Tibetan year of the iron snake in northern India.
    (SSFC, 2/25/01, p.A16)
2001        Feb 24, In Mexico Zapatista rebel leader Subcommander Marcos began a 2,000-mile caravan to Mexico City to lobby for Indian rights.
    (SSFC, 2/25/01, p.A14)

2002        Feb 24, The XIX Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City came to a close. In one of the last events Canada beat the US hockey team 5-2 for the gold. Cross-country skiers from Spain and Russia were stripped of gold medals for failing drug tests.
    (SFC, 2/25/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/25/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 24, Leo Ornstein (b.1893), Russian-born Futurist composer, died in Green Bay, Wisc. In 1918 Frederick H. Martens authored “Leo Ornstein: The Man, His Ideas, His Work." In 1990 Ornstein composed his last work: the Eighth Piano Sonata.
    (SFC, 3/8/02, p.A31)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Ornstein)
2002        Feb 24, In La Macarena, Colombia, 7 civilians were reported killed by retreating rebels.
    (SFC, 2/27/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 24, In India the BJP party was defeated in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur and the new state of Uttaranchal. It retained control in only 4 of the 28 states.
    (SFC, 2/25/02, p.A7)
2002        Feb 24, A Palestinian woman (27) gave birth after being shot by Israeli troops as she was being driven to a hospital.
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.A11)
2002        Feb 24, In Mexico the PRI held its 1st ever open election for party leadership.
    (SFC, 2/25/02, p.A7)

2003        Feb 24, 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.
    (SFC, 2/25/03, A1)(AP, 2/24/04)
2003          Feb 24, Dan Rather interviewed Saddam Hussein via satellite and Hussein proposed a live debate with Pres. Bush. Hussein said he would rather die than leave his country and that he would not destroy its wealth by setting fire to its oil wells in the event of a U.S.-led invasion.
    (SFC, 2/25/03, A10)(AP, 2/26/03)
2003          Feb 24, Afghanistan's minister of mines and industry died along with seven other people when their plane crashed in the Arabian Sea shortly after takeoff from the southern Pakistan port city of Karachi.
    (AP, 2/24/03)
2003          Feb 24, Historian Christopher Hill (91), a Marxist whose reinterpretation of the 17th century changed the way Britons regard the English revolution, died. His books included "The World Turned Upside Down" (1972).
    (AP, 2/26/03)(SFC, 2/27/03, A20)
2003          Feb 24, In China accidents in 3 coal mines killed at least 49 miners and left 10 others missing.
    (AP, 2/25/03)
2003          Feb 24, A devastating earthquake shook western China, killing at least 268 people, injuring some 2,000 and flattening homes, schools and other buildings near the Silk Road oasis of Kashgar. The death toll soon rose to at least 266 people, with another 2,000 injured.
    (SFC, 2/26/03, A8)(AP, 2/25/04)
2003          Feb 24, In northeastern Congo hundreds of civilians were killed and hundreds more were missing after Congolese rebels allied with the government seized a key town and launched a two-day campaign of murder, rape, looting and destruction. In 2009 Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo faced trial for planning and directing the massacre of more than 200 villagers in Bogoro.
    (AP, 3/1/03)(AP, 11/25/09)
2003          Feb 24, Bernard Loiseau (52), a celebrated French chef whose Cote D'Or restaurant in a small Burgundy town became a mecca for the world's gourmets, died of apparent suicide. In 2005 Rudolph Chelminski authored “The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine."
    (AP, 2/25/03)(SSFC, 6/12/05, p.B5)
2003          Feb 24, In Indonesia a fire sparked by an explosion caused a small ferry to sink off northern Sumatra, killing 8 people and leaving 19 others missing.
    (AP, 2/24/03)
2003          Feb 24, The UN indicted former Indonesia military chief Wiranto, 6 generals and an ex-governor for the bloodbath preceding East Timor independence.
    (WSJ, 2/25/03, p.A1)
2003          Feb 24, Turkey's Cabinet agreed to the deployment of tens of thousands of U.S. combat troops ahead of a possible war in Iraq. The measure is expected to face a vote in Turkey's parliament Feb 25.
    (AP, 2/24/03)
2003          Feb 24, In Zambia former President Frederick Chiluba (59) was arrested and charged with stealing from the government while in office. In August Chiluba was charged with stealing over $40 million during his rule.
    (AP, 2/24/03)(WSJ, 8/6/03, p.A1)

2004        Feb 24, Pres. Bush called for a constitutional amendment to ban marriage between members of the same sex.
    (SFC, 2/25/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 24, Democrat John Kerry defeated John Edwards by large margins in Utah and Florida, and also won in Hawaii, where Edwards ran third behind Dennis Kucinich.
    (AP, 2/24/05)
2004        Feb 24, Alan Greenspan warned of too much concentration of financial risk in the books of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
    (WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 24, The 1st charges were filed against 2 detainees in Guantanamo. Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane, a Danish citizen, was released from Guantanamo after being held for 747 days. In 2007 he was arrested in Denmark on suspicion of withdrawing $18,900 from other people's accounts using stolen debit cards and PIN codes.
    (WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)(AP, 8/17/07)
2004        Feb 24, John Randolph (88), character actor, died in Hollywood.
    (AP, 2/24/05)
2004        Feb 24, An earthquake shook Burundi, killing three people and destroying at least two dozen homes.
    (AP, 2/24/04)
2004        Feb 24, A 5.1 earthquake struck northern Morocco near Al Hoceima, toppling houses and killing 629 people.
    (AP, 2/25/04)(SFC, 2/25/04, p.A3)(AP, 3/5/04)
2004        Feb 24, In central Nigeria suspected Muslim militants armed with guns and bows and arrows killed at least 48 people in an attack on a farming village. Most of the victims died as they sought refuge in a church.
    (AP, 2/25/04)
2004        Feb 24, In Russia Pres. Vladimir Putin dismissed PM Mikhail Kasyanov and all other Cabinet ministers, in preparation for next month's presidential vote. Putin named Viktor Khristenko, a former finance official, as acting prime minister.
    (AP, 2/24/04)(WSJ, 2/25/04, p.A1)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.48)
2004        Feb 24, In Sardinia a small plane carrying a medical team and a heart for a transplant patient crashed, killing all six people aboard.
    (AP, 2/24/04)
2004        Feb 24, In Switzerland Vitaly Kaloyev of Russia killed Pieter Nielsen, a Danish air traffic controller with the Swiss company Skyguide. Nielsen had been on duty during the July 1, 2002, collision between a Bashkirian Airlines plane and a DHL cargo jet. Kolayev’s family was killed in the crash. In 2007 Switzerland's highest court ordered Kolayev’s release because he had served more than two-thirds of his sentence with good behavior.
    (AP, 11/8/07)
2004        Feb 24, An Uzbek court ordered the release of Fatima Mukadirova (62), a woman convicted of anti-constitutional activity after publicizing her son's death in prison from torture.
    (AP, 2/24/04)

2005        Feb 24, In Ohio Rosemarie Essa was killed in a car crash after losing consciousness. Her husband Dr. Yazeed Essa vanished in 2006 and was arrested months later in Cyprus. In 2009 he returned to Cleveland to face murder charges. In 2010 Dr. Essa (41) was convicted of lacing her calcium supplement with cyanide so that he could be with his mistress.
    (SSFC, 1/11/09, p.A4)(www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=37583)(SFC, 3/6/10, p.A5)
2005        Feb 24, In southeastern Afghanistan Taliban insurgents launched 3 separate attacks, killing 9 Afghan troops and wounding an American soldier while sustaining heavy casualties themselves.
    (AP, 2/25/05)
2005        Feb 24, Australian PM John Howard dismissed as "alarmist" a warning by his government's chief economic adviser that the US was heading for a financial crash that could ravage the global economy.
    (AP, 2/25/05)
2005        Feb 24, Anglican leaders forced a suspension of the US Episcopal Church and Canadian adherents due to same sex marriages and ordaining gay clergy.
    (WSJ, 2/25/05, p.A1)
2005        Feb 24, PM Paul Martin said that Canada would not join the contentious US ballistic missile defense (BMD) program.
    (AP, 2/24/05)(Econ, 3/5/05, p.38)
2005        Feb 24, India’s cabinet lifted restraints on foreign ownership of some real estate projects. A minimum of 25 acres was established with requirements for development of infrastructure prior to resale.
    (WSJ, 2/25/05, p.A16)
2005        Feb 24, A suicide bomber wearing a police uniform blew up his car at police headquarters in Tikrit, killing at least 15 people in Saddam Hussein's hometown in the bloodiest of several attacks that claimed 30 lives. Two American soldiers were among the dead.
    (AP, 2/24/05)
2005        Feb 24, In Indian-controlled Kashmir 2 armed militants stormed a government office complex, prompting a four-hour gunbattle that left seven people dead, including the attackers.
    (AP, 2/24/05)
2005        Feb 24, Lebanon's defense minister said Syria will withdraw troops from mountain and coastal areas in Lebanon in line with a 1989 agreement.
    (AP, 2/24/05)
2005        Feb 24, In western Mexico an executive jet crashed, killing the governor of Colima state and all five other people aboard.
    (AP, 2/24/05)
2005        Feb 24, The Palestinian parliament approved a 24-member Cabinet dominated by professional appointees, including nearly half with doctoral degrees, in a major move toward long-promised government reform.
    (AP, 2/24/05)
2005        Feb 24, The Serbian government said retired Bosnian Serb General Milan Gvero surrendered to the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague.
    (AP, 2/21/05)(SFC, 2/25/05, p.A3)
2005        Feb 24, In Slovakia Pres. Bush and Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin sought common ground on keeping conventional and nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists. The US and Russia agreed to enhance nuclear security cooperation and to try to complete negotiations on Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) this year.
    (AP, 2/24/05)
2005        Feb 24, Pope John Paul II underwent an operation to insert a tube in his throat to relieve his breathing problems, hours after he was rushed back to the hospital for the second time in a month with flu-like symptoms.
    (AP, 2/24/06)

2006        Feb 24, Mitchell Wade, a US defense contractor, pleaded guilty to conspiring with former Rep. Randy Cunningham of San Diego County with bribes and help in evading taxes in exchange for over $150 million in government contracts since 2002.
    (SFC, 2/25/06, p.A4)
2006        Feb 24, Judge Walter Steed, a small-town judge with three wives, was ordered removed from the bench by the Utah Supreme Court for violating the state's bigamy law.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, In Georgia Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. of Fulton County Superior Court issued a bench warrant for Kirk S. Wright (35), a hedge fund manager, for fraud. Wright’s Int’l. Management Associates LLC was suspected of up to $185 million in losses.
    (WSJ, 3/9/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 24, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger issued an emergency declaration to speed improvement on 24 severely eroded portions of Bay Area delta levees.
    (SFC, 2/25/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 24, In North Carolina more than a thousand flounder, spot and pin fish beached themselves at the Marine Corps' New River air base, and then swam away. State and local wildlife experts believed it was related to a popular phenomenon known in coastal Alabama as "jubilee." Scientists know that a jubilee occurs when variety of factors deoxygenate the water, forcing fish to the shore.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 24, South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2006        Feb 24, Octavia Butler (b.1947), African-American sci-fi writer, died in Seattle. Her 12 books included “Kindred" (1979).
    (SFC, 3/2/06, p.B5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_Butler)
2006        Feb 24, Michael Joyce (63), conservative US Catholic Democrat, died. He ran 2 of the right’s biggest treasure troves, the John Olin Foundation (1979-1985). And the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation (1985-2001).
    (Econ, 3/4/06, p.30)
2006        Feb 24, Don Knotts (81), comedian and film star, died in Los Angeles. His half-century career included more than 25 films and seven TV series.
    (AP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 24, Dennis Weaver (b.1924), TV and film actor, died in Colorado. He played Chester Goode in the “Gunsmoke" TV series and Sam McCloud in “McCloud" (1970-1977).
    (SFC, 2/28/06, p.A2)
2006        Feb 24, In Afghanistan Canadian troops officially took over the fight on the front lines of Kandahar province from their American allies.
    (CP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, began its yearly carnival. Officials expected some 600,000 tourists for this year's celebrations. Gunmen overpowered museum security guards and stole four paintings by European masters, using the cover of Rio's Carnival to make their getaway,
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, London Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from office for four weeks for bringing his office into disrepute. In Feb 2005 Livingstone compared Oliver Finegold, a Jewish reporter from the Evening Standard to a Nazi concentration camp guard: “You are just doing it because you’re paid to, aren’t you?"
    (AP, 2/24/06)(SFC, 2/25/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 24, Detectives investigating what could the biggest cash robbery in British history recovered a "significant amount" of the money from a van just miles from the heist site in Tonbridge in Kent.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Rodney MacDonald (34), Canada's youngest premier, was sworn into office in Nova Scotia.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 24, Colombia suspended arrest warrants for leaders of the National Liberation Army, the South American nation's second-largest rebel group, as part of preliminary peace talks in Cuba.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, In northwest Colombia Pedro Juan Moreno, a leading senatorial candidate and former adviser to President Alvaro Uribe, was killed along with three other people in a helicopter crash in a mountainous rainforest region.
    (AP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 24, The EU opened an in-depth antitrust probe into mining company Inco Ltd.'s $11 billion planned purchase of Falconbridge Ltd., a deal that would create the world's largest nickel producer.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, French legal authorities refused to extradite to Lebanon Zouheir Mohammad Assediq, an ex-Syrian intelligence officer, to answer questions about the murder of former Lebanese PM Rafiq el-Hariri.
    (AFP, 2/26/06)
2006        Feb 24, India and the United States said they had made some progress toward a landmark nuclear deal but more work was needed to try and clinch it in time for President George W. Bush's visit to New Delhi next week.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, In Iraq Abu Asma, (aka Abu Anas and Akram Mahmud al-Mushhadani), Al-Qaida in Iraq's leader in northern Baghdad, was killed in a raid. Gunmen stormed a house south of Baghdad and shot dead five Shiite men.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Israel's air force fired a missile at a group of Palestinian militants firing rockets at Israeli targets.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Julia Mancuso won gold in the women's giant slalom at the Turin Olympics.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2006        Feb 24, Japan suspended all French poultry imports and threatened a similar ban on the Netherlands following reported cases of H5N1 bird flu.
    (Reuters, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 24, A prominent Malaysian newspaper avoided punishment for publishing a cartoon about the Prophet Muhammad drawings controversy, offering an apology that was accepted by the government.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Christian youths armed with machetes, stones and clubs attacked Muslims in the southeastern Nigerian city of Enugu. A Reuters witness saw a mob beat one man to death. Sectarian violence spread to three more Nigerian cities, claiming at least seven lives and pushing up the death toll in days of killings to at least 127.
    (Reuters, 2/24/06)(AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, A Nigerian court ordered Royal Dutch Shell PLC to pay southern communities $1.5 billion (1.2 billion euros) in compensation for environmental pollution and degradation in the oil-rich Niger Delta.  Shell appealed against the court's decision.
    (AFP, 2/25/06)
2006        Feb 24, In Northern Ireland a gang stole $350,000 from a bank in Belfast. The tactics used were similar to the Feb 22 robbery in London.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, In Pakistan thousands of Muslims defied a ban on rallies in Islamabad, joining protesters across the country in condemning the Prophet Muhammad cartoons printed by some Western newspapers.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, In the Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a state of emergency, saying she had quashed a coup plot, and the military confined troops to their camps to keep them from joining growing protests against her rule.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Polish TV reported that police had arrested about 30 people in several countries across Europe in a sting operation against a suspected child-porn ring.
    (Reuters, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Suicide bombers in explosives-laden cars attempted to attack an oil processing facility at the Abqaiq facility  that handles about two-thirds of Saudi Arabia's petroleum output, but were stopped when guards opened fire on them, causing the cars to explode.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission released its report formalizing its preliminary ruling against Microsoft late last year. MS vowed to appeal the decision which concluded that MS had abused its market dominance. The commission ordered MS to offer alternative versions of Windows.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, Thailand's embattled PM Shinawatra dissolved parliament, a move forcing national elections three years early and guaranteeing a showdown with his political opponents.
    (AP, 2/24/06)
2006        Feb 24, It was reported that Uruguay’s Pres. Tabare Vazquez backed two enormous plants that would produce the raw material for paper on Uruguay's border with Argentina while protesters, worried about the plants' impact on Argentina's environment, have repeatedly blockaded border bridges, stalling crucial truck and tourist traffic.
    (AP, 2/24/06)

2007        Feb 24, In the 27th annual Razzie Awards the film “Basic Instinct 2" was named worst picture of the year.
    (SSFC, 2/25/07, p.A2)
2007        Feb 24, The Virginia General Assembly, meeting in Richmond on the grounds of the former Confederate Capitol, voted unanimously to express "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 24, In Arkansas tornado winds injured 40 people and damaged dozens of homes and businesses. Much of the town of Dumas was destroyed. The Midwest storm system was blamed for 8 traffic deaths, 7 in Wisconsin and one in Kansas.
    (SFC, 2/26/07, p.A4)(Econ, 4/7/07, p.30)
2007        Feb 24, Herman Brix (b.1906), Olympic medalist (1928) and former film star, died. His film work included playing Tarzan in “The News Adventures of Tarzan" (1935). In his later film roles he worked under the name Bruce Bennet.
    (SFC, 3/1/07, p.B5)
2007        Feb 24, Broncos running back Damien Nash (24) collapsed and died after a charity basketball game in suburban St. Louis, less than two months after the slaying of teammate Darrent Williams.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 24, Paul Secon (b.1916), co-founder of Pottery Barn, died. He and his brother Morris opened their first store in Manhattan in 1950. Pottery Barn was later acquired by Williams-Sonoma.
    (WSJ, 3/10/07, p.A4)
2007        Feb 24, Bermuda was cited as the world’s richest country with a GDP per person estimated at $70,000.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, SR p.4)
2007        Feb 24, Thousands of anti-war protesters converged on London, calling on PM Tony Blair to withdraw all of Britain's troops from Iraq and voicing fears over a potential conflict with Iran.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 24, In Burkina Faso the Fespaco film festival began. Hundreds of films made by Africans and people of African descent competed for the Yennenga stallion, a golden statue of a prancing horse.
    (Econ, 3/3/07, p.54)
2007        Feb 24, A tentative deal was reached to end a two-week-old strike by about 2,800 Canadian National Railway Co. employees that had provoked a threat of government intervention.
    (AP, 2/25/07)
2007        Feb 24, The Cayman Islands were cited as the world’s 5-th largest banking center with $1.4 trillion in assets.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, SR p.4)
2007        Feb 24, Eq. Guinea was cited as the world’s 3rd richest country with a GDP per person estimated at $50,000.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, SR p.4)
2007        Feb 24, In India 16 police officers were killed when suspected rebels ambushed their patrol in northeast Manipur. In eastern India an ill Sabita Behera (30), was beaten to death by her in-laws. They suspected she had AIDS and feared she would infect the rest of the family.
    (Reuters, 2/26/07)(Econ, 3/3/07, p.50)
2007        Feb 24, Thousands of Shiites rallied in Najaf to protest the nearly 12-hour detention of the eldest son of Iraq's most influential Shiite politician as he crossed back from Iran. Iraqi commandos backed by US aircraft raided a Sunni insurgent base north of Baghdad, killing dozens. Local authorities said six children and their father were among the dead. Attacks in Baghdad killed at least seven civilians. A suicide truck bombing in Anbar province left 52 dead and 74 injured. The attack was on worshippers leaving a mosque in Habbaniyah. An arsenal was discovered north of Baghdad containing components for so-called EFPs, explosively formed projectiles that fire a slug of molten metal capable of penetrating armored vehicles. The weapons cache contained more than two dozen mortars and 15 rockets. There were enough metal disks to make 130 EFPs.
    (AP, 2/24/07)(AP, 2/25/07)(AP, 2/26/07)
2007        Feb 24, Israel denied a report in a British daily that it is seeking permission from the United States to fly its bombers over Iraq to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
    (AFP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 24, Italy's president asked Romano Prodi to stay on as premier and put his center-left government to a new vote of confidence in parliament.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 24, In southern Nepal police arrested at least 14 people after violence broke out between Maoists and supporters of ethnic groups.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 24, The foreign ministers of seven key Muslim nations started arriving in Pakistan for talks on a collective push to end the turmoil in the Middle East. Three Islamic militants died in eastern Pakistan when a powerful bomb they were carrying on a bicycle accidentally exploded in Cheecha Watni, Punjab province. Pakistani police arrested two men in southern Sindh province and accused them of hacking two young women to death for allegedly having sex outside marriage.
    (AP, 2/24/07)(AFP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 24, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ended his European tour without persuading any country to end crippling economic sanctions based on his power-sharing deal with the rival Islamic militant Hamas.
    (AP, 2/24/07)
2007        Feb 24, In Spain thousands of people waving red-and-yellow Spanish flags protested in Madrid against a court ruling that shortened the prison sentence for one of the Basque separatist group ETA's most notorious killers.
    (AP, 2/25/07)

2008        Feb 24, Joel and Ethan Coen’s crime saga "No Country for Old Men" won a leading four Academy Awards, including best picture. All four acting prizes went to Europeans: Frenchwoman Marion Cotillard, the best-actress winner for "La Vie En Rose"; Spaniard Javier Bardem, who took supporting actor for "No Country"; and Brits Daniel Day-Lewis and Tilda Swinton, he claiming his second best-actor honor for "There Will Be Blood," she winning supporting actress for "Michael Clayton."
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 24, Ralph Nader, consumer activist, launched an independent campaign for the White House.
    (SFC, 2/25/08, p.A4)
2008        Mar 24, Hal Riney (b.1932), a leading figure in the advertising world, died in San Francisco. He created the brand and image of General Motors’ Saturn automobile division.
    (SFC, 3/26/08, p.A1)
2008        Feb 24, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb tore through a convoy carrying Kandahar governor Asadullah Khalid, missing the official but killing three policemen.
    (AFP, 2/24/08)
2008        Feb 24, The first flight by a commercial airline to be partly powered by biofuels took off from London on a short trip to Amsterdam billed as heralding a new eco-friendlier era of airline travel.
    (AFP, 2/24/08)
2008        Feb 24, Pearl Cornioley, British spy (nom de guerre was Genevieve Touzalin), died. She parachuted into France during WWII posing as a cosmetics saleswoman to deliver coded messages to Resistance members.
    (AP, 4/1/08)
2008        Feb 24, In China’s Hubei province water plant workers from Jianli County found that the Dongjing River, a tributary of the Han, had turned red and foamy. The pollution forced authorities to cut water supplies to as many as 200,000 people.
    (AP, 2/27/08)
2008        Feb 24, Greek Cypriots elected Dimitris Christofias, leader of the Communist Akel Party, as its new president with just over 53 percent of the vote, ahead of conservative former Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides with 46.6 percent. Christofias had campaigned on a pledge to act quickly to restart long-stalled talks to reunify the island.
    (AP, 2/25/08)(Econ, 3/1/08, p.53)
2008        Feb 24, In Cuba Raul Castro became the new president. The island's parliament tapped revolutionary leader Jose Ramon Machado (77) for the government's No. 2 spot.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 24, Iran said that it has started using new centrifuges that can churn out enriched uranium at more than double the rate of the machines that now form the backbone of the Islamic nation's nuclear program.
    (AP, 2/24/08)
2008        Feb 24, In Iraq a suicide bomber struck Shiite pilgrims as they were resting in Iskandariyah during a days-long walk to a Shiite shrine in Karbala, killing at least 56 people and wounding 68. Earlier, extremists attacked another group of pilgrims in the predominantly Sunni Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, killing three and wounding 36. In Hawija, about 30 miles southwest of Kirkuk, a parked car bomb went off next to a patrol of Sunni tribesmen who aligned with US forces to fight al-Qaida in Iraq. One civilian bystander was killed and 10 people were wounded.
    (AP, 2/24/08)(AP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 24, In Milan, Italy, masked thieves drilled a tunnel and broke into a jewelry showroom as employees were preparing for a VIP showing by Damiani, making off with gold, diamonds and rubies in a brazen daylight heist.
    (AP, 2/28/08)
2008        Feb 24, The LGT Group, Liechtenstein’s largest financial group, confirmed that stolen client data, believed to be fueling a major German tax-evasion probe, included confidential information on thousands of customers and beneficiaries in other countries.
    (WSJ, 2/25/08, p.A6)
2008        Feb 24, Turkey's military said that eight more soldiers were killed in combat during its cross-border ground operation in northern Iraq, raising the death toll to 15. Turkish troops and Kurdish PKK rebels fought close battles in northern Iraq that left scores dead on the fourth day of a major ground offensive Baghdad and Washington fear could further destabilize Iraq.
    (AP, 2/24/08)(Reuters, 2/24/08)
2008        Feb 24, In Venezuela a blast near the entrance of the Fedecamaras business chamber headquarters in Caracas killed a 44-year-old man suspected of trying to plant the bomb. The next day Venezuela's justice minister blamed "anarchists" for the explosion and vowed to capture those responsible.
    (AP, 2/25/08)
2008        Feb 24, A rights group said Zimbabwe's biggest state hospital has stopped surgical operations because of a breakdown of equipment and shortages of drugs.
    (AFP, 2/24/08)

2009        Feb 24, Pres. Obama addressed the US Congress and the American people to tap the deep well of American optimism. Themes of responsibility, accountability and, above all, national community rang throughout an address carefully balanced by the gravity of its times. Republican leaders calling his plan irresponsible and certain to increase taxes and federal debt.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 24, President Barack Obama told Japanese PM Taro Aso that his nation was the cornerstone of US security policy in East Asia and America's links to the world economy.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, In NYC Monzer al-Kassan, a Syrian-born arms dealer, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for conspiring to sell weapons to Colombian militants in 2007.
    (SFC, 2/25/09, p.A4)
2009        Feb 24, A rocket carrying a NASA satellite crashed near Antarctica after a failed launch, ending a $280 million mission to track global warming from space.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed four US troops in the deadliest single attack on international forces this year. Japan said it will pay the salaries of Afghanistan's 80,000 police officers for six months as part of its ongoing financial support for the country. Afghan soldiers killed 18 militants targeting a poppy eradication force in Helmand province. Two soldiers were also killed in the battle. Afghan and coalition forces killed 10 militants in Uruzgan province. A "precision" airstrike was called in, killing most of the militants.
    (AP, 2/24/09)(AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 24, British mining group Lonmin announced up to 5,500 job cuts in South Africa, dealing a new blow to the continent's biggest economy as it contracted for the first time in a decade.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, China’s state media reported that a Chinese delegation will buy as much as $15 billion worth of machinery, automobiles and food products while on a trip to Europe this week.
    (WSJ, 2/25/09, p.A11)
2009        Feb 24, Tour agencies and other industry people reported that China has closed Tibet to foreign tourists ahead of next month's highly sensitive 50th anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule.
    (AFP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, France’s Pres. Sarkozy and Italy’s Premier Berlusconi signed a deal pairing utilities from each nation to study the feasibility of building nuclear power plants in Italy.
    (WSJ, 2/25/09, p.A11)
2009        Feb 24, A Paris appeals court overturned five men's terror convictions, ruling that French intelligence officials improperly questioned them while they were detained at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay. Lawyers for the men: Brahim Yadel, Khaled ben Mustafa, Nizar Sassi, Mourad Benchellali and Ridouane Khalid, hailed the decision. During their 2007 Paris trial, the five acknowledged having spent time in military training camps in Afghanistan but they said they had never put their combat skills to use.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, In Guinea Ousmane Conte, the son of Guinea's late longtime dictator, was arrested on allegations of drug trafficking.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, Two Iraqi police officers opened fire on 4 American soldiers and two interpreters inside a police station in Mosul. One US soldier and an interpreter were killed. The assailants, believed to be associated with Al-Qaida, escaped. The two policemen an officer and a sergeant, were arrested in June by US and Iraqi forces and handed over to Iraqi custody.
    (SFC, 2/25/09, p.A2)(AP, 6/18/09)
2009        Feb 24, The Kenya National commission on Human Rights released a video showing a Kenyan policeman, who was later killed, saying he saw other officers execute 58 suspects instead of arresting them.
    (SFC, 2/25/09, p.A2)
2009        Feb 24, Iran’s Pres. Ahmadinejad arrived in Kenya with a delegation of nearly 100 officials and business people. He soon struck a deal to export 4 million tons of crude oil a year, to open direct flights between Tehran and Nairobi, and to provide scholarships for study in Iran.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yewhqnk)(Econ, 2/6/10, p.49)
2009        Feb 24, In Michoacan state, Mexico, Vista Hermosa Mayor Octavio Carrillo was arriving at his home when four gunmen waiting for him opened fire. He became the 6th elected local official killed in Michoacan since June.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, In Nigeria 2 days of clashes between rival gangs in the southern state of Edo left at least eight people dead.
    (AFP, 2/26/09)
2009        Feb 24, North Korea said it is preparing to shoot a satellite into orbit, its clearest reference yet to an impending launch that neighbors and the US suspect will be a provocative test of a long-range missile.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, Taliban militants extended a cease-fire in northwestern Pakistan's Swat valley, granting more time for peace talks with the government that the US worries could create a haven for insurgents in the nuclear-armed country.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, South Korea signed a $3.55 billion deal with Iraq to help rebuild the war-ravaged country in return for oil and gas. The deal was inked by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, Sri Lanka’s government troops advanced on the last urban area in the north still in the hands of Tamil Tiger rebels. The defense ministry said 13 bodies of rebel fighters were recovered. The LTTE  said 10 civilians were killed and 25 injured when troops fired artillery guns at the densely populated Puttumattalan.
    (AFP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, In Sudan fighting erupted in the key southern city of Malakal. Some 50 people were killed and another 100 wounded in 2 days of fighting.
    (AFP, 2/27/09)
2009        Feb 24, Syria's nuclear chief told the UN's nuclear agency that his nation has built a new missile facility on the site of what the US says was a nearly finished nuclear reactor bombed by Israel in Sep 2007.
    (AP, 2/25/09)
2009        Feb 24, In Thailand thousands of protesters surrounded the prime minister's office demanding that parliament be dissolved and new elections held, the latest challenge to the two-month old coalition government.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, A Kurdish politician spoke to lawmakers in Turkey's parliament in the Kurdish language, openly defying the law, to celebrate UNESCO world languages week. State-run television immediately cut off the live broadcast.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, The United Arab Emirates' official news agency said US firms Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. have been awarded almost $3 billion in contracts to supply transport aircraft for the country's military.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, Four Yemenis were convicted and sentenced up to seven years in prison on for forming an al-Qaida cell and plotting to attack government and foreign targets in the country.
    (AP, 2/24/09)
2009        Feb 24, Officials said Zimbabwe's teachers have agreed to end a strike that emptied classrooms for a year, after the government promised to review salaries and appealed for 458 million dollars' aid for schools.
    (AFP, 2/24/09)

2010        Feb 24, The US got help from Europe in its troubled drive to shut down Guantanamo Bay, as Spain accepted a former inmate from the prison for terror suspects and the tiny Balkan nation of Albania took in three more.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, Akio Toyoda, scion of the beleaguered Toyota empire, apologized before a US House committee investigating deadly flaws that sparked the recall of 8.5 million cars.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved fresh curbs on shorting stock.
    (Econ, 2/27/10, p.83)
2010        Feb 24, In Texas Osiel Cardenas-Guillen, a drug kingpin who once headed the extensive Matamoros-based Gulf cartel, one of Mexico's most notoriously violent cartels, was sentenced to 25 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $50 million, following a closed hearing in Houston. Cardenas-Guillen was the first cartel leader to employ a paramilitary group, former Mexican special forces soldiers who called themselves the Zetas.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, In San Jose, Ca., stealth start-up Bloom Energy publicly unveiled an innovative fuel cell that promises to deliver affordable, clean energy to even remote corners of the world.
    (AFP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 24, In Orlando, Florida, SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed after Tilikum, a 12,000 pound killer whale, grabbed her hair and pulled her under water.
    (AP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 24, Afghanistan's main opposition criticized President Hamid Karzai's removal of foreign observers from a UN-backed electoral watchdog as "autocratic" and urged international pressure to ensure impartial elections. The decree took effect on February 13 and Karzai now has the power to choose the ECC's members after consulting with the chief justice and heads of parliament's two chambers.
    (AP, 2/24/10)(Econ, 2/27/10, p.48)
2010        Feb 24, Australia resumed free-trade talks with China after a 14-month gap, sweeping aside a brief plunge in ties to focus on a booming partnership tipped to deliver decades of growth.
    (AFP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said a group of South American nations has committed to providing $100 million in aid for earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, In Colombia Mario Uribe (60), a former senator and second cousin to President Alvaro Uribe, was arrested by authorities on charges of colluding with far-right death squads. Mario Uribe was imprisoned for four months in 2008 on charges of colluding with paramilitaries, but he was released in August of the same year after Colombia's No. 2 prosecutor said there was insufficient evidence to hold him.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, Dubai police linked at least 15 more suspects carrying foreign passports to the Jan 19 hit squad slaying of a Hamas commander that the police chief claimed was likely carried out by Israel's Mossad secret service.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, French oil giant Total said it is to invest seven billion dollars (5.16 billion euros) in Nigerian oil and gas exploration and production over the next four to five years.
    (AFP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, Germany's top Protestant cleric, Margot Kaessmann (51), resigned after she was caught driving with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, an incident that she said had undermined her authority.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, Greek police fired tear gas and clashed with demonstrators in Athens after some 50,000 people finished a peaceful march against cutbacks intended to fix the country's debt crisis.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, Israel's Haaretz daily said Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of Hamas' founders, was one of the Shin Bet security service's most valuable sources. Dubbed as "the Green Prince" by his handlers he served as a top informant for Israel for more than a decade. Yousef's memoir, "Son of Hamas," was to be published next week in the US by Tyndale House Publishers.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, A Nobel official said Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has asked the Nobel Peace Prize committee to disregard his nomination for the prestigious award.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, An Italian court convicted three Google executives of privacy violations because they did not act quickly enough to remove an online video that showed sadistic teen bullies pummeling and mocking an autistic boy. Judge Oscar Magi sentenced the three in absentia to a six-month suspended sentence and absolved them of defamation charges. A fourth defendant, charged only with defamation, was acquitted. In the US, the Communications Decency Act of 1996 generally gives Internet service providers immunity in cases like this, but no such protections exist in Europe.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, Mexican police found two severed arms in an icebox, along with a threatening message. Guerrero state police said an anonymous tip led them to the remains in the town of Ciudad Altamirano.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, Nigeria's ailing Pres. Umaru Yar'Adua returned home after a three-month stay in a Saudi Arabian hospital. An advisor said the leader needed time to recuperate and so the vice president would remain in charge.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, In Northern Ireland an unidentified man, believed to be between 35 and 40, was found shot in the head with his wrists bound and wearing only his underwear on the outskirts of Londonderry, near the border with Ireland.
    (AFP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 24, In Pakistan suspected US missiles killed at least 13 people in an al-Qaida and Taliban stronghold in the Dargah Mandi area of North Waziristan tribal region. Pakistani Taliban commander Mohammed Qari Zafar was among those killed when 3 missiles hit a compound and vehicle in the Dargah Mandi area. The bodies of two men alleged by militants to be US spies were discovered in Mir Ali, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 2/24/10)(SFC, 2/26/10, p.A2)
2010        Feb 24, Qatar signed a defense pact with Iran.
    (Econ, 5/29/10, p.47)(www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=214868)
2010        Feb 24, Thailand officials seized two tons of elephant tusks from Africa hidden in pallets labeled as mobile phone parts in the country's largest ivory seizure.
    (AP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 24, A Turkish court formally charged and jailed seven senior Turkish military officers for allegedly plotting years ago to overthrow the country's Islamic-leaning government.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko challenged her opponents to oust her in a no-confidence vote, aiming to show they don't have enough votes to do so.
    (AP, 2/24/10)
2010        Feb 24, Venezuela's highest court annulled the election of an opposition mayor, replacing him with a supporter of President Hugo Chavez until a new vote is held. The Supreme Court threw out the 2008 election of Jorge Barboza, mayor of the Sucre municipality in western Zulia state, on grounds that he failed to pay $292 in local taxes. On March 4 the court reinstated Barboza. The constitutional council said that last week's ruling was unconstitutional because it violated Barboza's political rights.
    (AP, 2/25/10)(AP, 3/4/10)

2011        Feb 24, US authorities launched Operation Fallen Hero-Bombardier, a crackdown on Mexican drug cartels, just over a week after the shooting death of a US immigration officer in Mexico. Raids quickly followed in the United States, Colombia, Brazil and Central America.
    (AFP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 24, A US federal jury convicted Mohammad Reza Vaghari (43), of Broomall Pa., of sending the products to Iran by way of the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 24, The US Air Force awarded Boeing a $35 billion deal to build 200 airborne refueling tankers. The contract will mean thousands of jobs, mostly in Washington state and Kansas.
    (SFC, 2/25/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 24, The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with 6 astronauts on its last mission to the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 2/25/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 24, In Kentucky 4 Amish children died after their family buggy overturned in a flash flood of Roscoe Creek.
    (SFC, 2/26/11, p.A7)
2011        Feb 24, In New Jersey Transportation Security Administration officer Al Raimi (29) of Woodbridge pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to theft by a government officer. Federal prosecutors say Raimi stole between $10,000 and $30,000 cash over nearly a year from travelers passing through his checkpoint. He gave a cut of the cash to his supervisor, Michael Arato, who pleaded guilty to related charges this month. 2 TSA agents at a NYC airport were arrested earlier this month on charges of stealing $40,000 from passengers' luggage.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Texas a fire at a Houston home used for daycare killed 4 children. Jessica Tata (22), accused of leaving the children unattended while a stovetop burner was on, was later charged with reckless injury to a child. She fled to her native Nigeria. On March 19 Tata was arrested in Nigeria and was returned to the US on March 21. On Nov 20, 2012, Tata was sentenced to 80 years in prison.
    (www.click2houston.com/news/26995237/detail.html)(AP, 3/1/11)(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A5)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A8)
2011        Feb 24, In Virginia Zachary A. Chesser (21) of Bristow pleaded guilty to charges of providing material support to terrorists and communicating threats. He had threatened the creators of the “South Park" cartoon series for insulting the prophet Muhammad and tried to join a terror group in Somalia. Chesser was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
    (SFC, 2/25/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 24, Wisconsin state troopers were dispatched to try to find at least one of the 14 Senate Democrats who have been on the run for eight days to delay a vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to strip collective bargaining rights from nearly all public employees.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, Toyota Motor Corp. recalled 2.17 million vehicles in the United States to address accelerator pedals that could become entrapped in floor mats or jammed in driver's side carpeting, prompting federal regulators to close its investigation into the embattled automaker.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomb attack killed an intelligence agent and wounded 26 other people in Spin Boldak, a town on the Pakistan border.
    (AFP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, Algeria officially lifted its 19-year old state of emergency.
    (SFC, 2/25/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 24, Bahrain protesters showed no sign of retreat as an anti-government uprising entered its 11th day and opposition groups said the state had not yet met their pre-conditions for dialogue.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, Brazil’s Justice Ministry said the murder rate among Brazil's youths has soared to epidemic levels. The number of murdered Brazilians age 15 to 24 rose from 30 per 100,000 inhabitants in 1998 to 52.9 per 100,000 a decade later.
    (AP, 2/24/11)(SFC, 2/25/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 24, A British judge ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (39), who rocked the US government by publishing thousands of secret diplomatic memos, must be extradited to Sweden to face sex crimes allegations.
    (Reuters, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, A British specialist ice cream parlor planned to serve up breast milk ice cream and says people should think of it as an organic, free-range treat. The breast milk concoction, called the "Baby Gaga" ($23 per serving), will be available from Feb 25 at the Icecreamists restaurant in London's Covent Garden.
    (Reuters, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, The Canadian province of Ontario said it has approved 40 new large-scale renewable power projects that will create 7,000 jobs and attract C$3 billion ($3.06 billion) in private sector investment.
    (Reuters, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, Egyptian authorities arrested the country's former information minister and the chairman of state TV and radio on corruption allegations.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, The southern Indian state of Kerala passed a bill allowing compensation claims against soft drink giant Coca-Cola over alleged environmental damage caused by a bottling plant. The Palakkad bottling factory in Kerala was closed in 2005 after protests from activists and residents. A high-level state panel concluded last year that the plant had caused environmental and soil degradation as well as water contamination, and recommended a fine of 47 million dollars.
    (AFP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 24, An Indonesian court sentenced Islamic preacher Murhali Barda (37) to five-and-a-half months in jail for misusing his status to encourage "Muslim lions" to rally at a church, which led to the beating and stabbing of two Christians. He had already served about five months and was expected to walk out of jail within days.
    (Reuters, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Iraq a suicide bomber trying to assassinate the deputy head of the provincial council killed 11 people including 7 policemen and a bodyguard in Ramadi, Anbar province. Security forces killed al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman, the top military leader of an al-Qaida front group, surrounding his hideout and firing shots that blew up his booby-trapped getaway car in Hit, Anbar province. The Kurdish government sent thousands of its troops into positions around Kirkuk saying it feared that demonstrations planned for the next day could turn violent.
    (AP, 2/24/11)(AP, 2/25/11)(AP, 3/9/11)
2011        Feb 24, In the Ivory Coast residents reported automatic arms fire in the Abobo district of Abidjan. Hundreds of people fled the area on foot on the main road leading from the neighborhood. The UN warned that heavy fighting over the country's disputed election may augur a return to civil war.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Japan the world's first robot marathon kicked off in Osaka, with five two-legged participants racing on an indoor track. The race was expected to last through Feb 27.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Libya forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi launched a counter-attack, fighting fierce gun battles with rebels who have threatened the Libyan leader by seizing important towns close to the capital. Key Libyan oil and oil product terminals to the east of the capital were in the hands of rebels. Fighting in the cities of Zawiya and Misrata  killed at least 30 people.
    (AP, 2/24/11)(Reuters, 2/24/11)(AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Mexico gunmen killed Jesus Quirarte Ruvalcaba (51), the head of a state police agency that prosecutes car thieves, as well as his wife, Maria Guadalupe Aldrete (49), in Zapopan, Jalisco state. Acapulco police reported finding a man's hacked-up body in five plastic bags, in a low-income neighborhood far from where the Mexican Open tennis tournament is being held.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Morocco one of the biggest parties in the ruling coalition, the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, called for a timetable for implementing political reforms to meet popular demand.
    (AFP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In northwest Pakistan suspected US missiles hit a house and car in a village close to the Afghan border, killing at least six people.
    (AP, 2/24/11) 
2011        Feb 24, In Panama Rene Sanabria, a retired Bolivian police Gen., was arrested at Washington's request and extradited to the US. He had an initial federal court appearance in Miami the next day on charges he ran a cocaine trafficking ring. Sanabria headed the FELCN counternarcotics police in 2007-2008. Other alleged members of the trafficking organization were identified by Bolivian authorities as Col. Milton Sanchez Pantoja, Maj. Edwin Raul Ona Moncada and Capt. Franz Hernando Siles Rios. On Sep 23 Sanabria was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/27/11)(SFC, 9/24/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 24, In the Philippines lawyers said about 7,500 victims of human rights abuses during late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' regime will receive compensation for their suffering starting next week, 25 years after a peaceful revolt forced Marcos into exile in Hawaii.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Puerto Rico US federal officials said Alexis Candelario Santana is among five people indicted on federal racketeering charges involving an organization that sold drugs in Puerto Rico. The indictment of Santana accused him of 21 homicides from 1993 to 2009, though it does not charge him with murder. The five faced 17 charges including violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO Act), a charge that is viewed as easier to prove because it targets behavior patterns instead of criminal acts.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Saudi Arabia influential intellectuals said in a statement that Arab rulers should derive a lesson from the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and listen to the voice of disenchanted young people.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Somalia Al-Shabab displayed the bodies of eight men they said were the attackers in Belet Hawo, a Somalia-Kenya border town. In Mogadishu at least 39 civilians have been killed and more than 120 wounded in four days of fighting.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, Somali pirates captured a sailboat carrying Danish couple Jan Quist Johansen his wife Birgit Marie and three children (12-16), along with two adult crew members, also Danes. All seven were released on September 6.
    (AP, 3/1/11)(AP, 9/7/11)
2011        Feb 24, In Spain a powerful explosion at a military academy in Hoyo de Manzares killed five soldiers and wounded three when a mine de-activation training drill went awry.
    (AP, 2/24/11)
2011        Feb 24, Sudan's army attacked remnants of a divided rebel movement in the western Darfur region, setting off clashes that killed 25 of the fighters and two government soldiers.
    (AP, 2/25/11)
2011        Feb 24, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered his forces to offer "full protection" to anti-regime protesters and loyalists alike, after 15 people died in an uprising against his rule.
    (AFP, 2/24/11)

2012        Feb 24, In West Virginia a judge approved a settlement in a class-action suit by residents of Nitro who said Monsanto had polluted their area by burning dioxin wastes left over from the production of Agent Orange.
    (SFC, 2/25/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 24, In Afghanistan anti-US protesters tried to storm a US consulate and march on NATO headquarters in Kabul as violent demonstrations over the burning of Korans pushed into a fourth day, pushing the death toll to 24 people.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Angola's state oil company Sonangol announced it is withdrawing from a natural-gas project in Iran due to international sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, A British legal filing indicated that fugitive oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov (48), accused of embezzling at least $5.0 billion (3.2 billion pounds) from his former Kazakh bank BTA, is believed to have fled Britain on a coach bound for France to escape a jail sentence for contempt of court.
    (Reuters, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Christopher Tappin (65), a retired British businessman, arrived in the United States after failing to overturn an extradition order. He was accused of plotting to sell missile components to Iran.
    (AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, The Interamerican Court of Human Rights condemned the Chilean government for denying Magistrate Karen Atala custody of her three daughters because she is a lesbian. Atala filed a complaint with the Interamerican Commission of Human Rights in Nov. 2004 after Chile's Supreme Court decided to give custody of her daughters to her ex-husband because she is lesbian.
    (AP, 3/21/12)
2012        Feb 24, Greece launched its official offer for a massive bond swap designed to knock euro107 billion ($142 billion) off its debt held by banks and other private investors.
    (AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Haitian PM Garry Conille abruptly resigned his post, giving the country a new political crisis that is likely to distract the government and further delay efforts to rebuild from the devastating January 2010 earthquake. His resignation was thought to have stemmed from disagreements with Pres. Martelly and his inner circle.
    (AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Israeli warplanes launched an early morning strike at a Gaza target, hours after Palestinian militants fired two rockets at southern Israel. Palestinian Talat Ramia (25) was shot and killed as he hurled exploding fireworks at Israeli forces in al-Ram.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)(AP, 2/25/12)(AP, 2/29/12)
2012        Feb 24, Japan said some areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was wrecked last year by a massive tsunami will likely remain permanently off-limits.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, The UN said clashes between the army and Tuareg rebels in northern Mali have forced 126,400 people to flee their homes since mid-January and called for $35.6 million (26.5 million euros) to cover the needs of those displaced by the escalating conflict.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, In New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless and six other protesters boarded the ship Noble Discoverer in a bid to prevent it sailing to the Arctic, where it has been contracted by Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell to conduct exploratory drilling. On Feb 27 police arrested Lawless along with five other Greenpeace activists.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)(AFP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 24, In Nigeria suspected members of the Boko Haram sect gunned down five worshippers inside a mosque as evening prayers ended in Kano. Gunmen suspected of being Boko Haram Islamists killed a dozen people when they razed a police station after failing to storm a jail in Gombe city.
    (AFP, 2/25/12)
2012        Feb 24, Pakistan publicly called on the Taliban for the first time to engage the Afghan government in US-backed peace talks, a potentially significant move that could help pave the way for a settlement to end the decade-long war. Suicide bombers armed with guns and grenades attacked a police station, killing four officers in the second attack in as many days in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Militants attacked troops deployed in Khyber tribal district and the ensuing fighting left three soldiers and seven militants dead. Hundreds of Pakistani activists took to the streets, chanting "Death to America", demanding that their leaders resign and setting fire to a US flag over the burning of Korans in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/24/12)(AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Russia welcomed the appointment of Kofi Annan as the UN and Arab League envoy for the crisis in Syria and called for an immediate ceasefire to evacuate wounded from the city of Homs.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Serbia and its one-time province of Kosovo reached agreement on two key issues that will significantly enhance Serbia's chances of becoming an official candidate for EU membership next week. The agreements allow Kosovo to represent itself in international conferences and spell out the technical details of how Serbia and Kosovo will manage their joint borders and border crossings.
    (AP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, In southern Somalia a US military drone missile strike killed four Al-Qaeda allied Shebab rebels, as the extremists were squeezed on three fronts by regional forces.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)(SFC, 2/25/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 24, Syrian government troops shelled rebel-held areas in central Syria, killing at least 22 people. Thousands of people in dozens of towns across Syria staged anti-regime protests under the slogan: "We will revolt for your sake, Baba Amr," referring to the besieged Homs neighborhood that has become the center of the Syrian revolt. The Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent evacuated seven Syrians wounded in shelling by regime forces as well as 20 sick women and children. They were taken to Homs' Al-Amine hospital.
    (AP, 2/24/12)(AP, 2/25/12)(SFC, 2/25/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 24, The Tanzania-based UN-backed tribunal for Rwanda referred fugitive suspect Fulgence Kayishema's case to Kigali, the second such handover after initially refusing to do so on account that Rwandan courts could not guarantee fair trials.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, In Turkey doctors at Hacettepe University transplanted two arms and two legs on Sevket Cavdar (27).  He had lost his arms and legs in 1998 when he was accidentally electrocuted. The world's 1st quadruple limb transplant soon failed due to tissue incompatibility.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 24, Tunisian police wielding batons beat back several dozen pro-Syrian protesters trying to enter the venue of an international meeting on the Syria crisis. The US secretary of state and other leading Western and Arab officials were in Tunis for the "Friends of Syria" meeting aimed at increasing pressure on President Bashar al-Assad's regime over its bloody crackdown on the opposition.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)
2012        Feb 24, Zimbabwe's national airline suspended all its flights indefinitely, after the latest revival effort collapsed this week. The struggling carrier battled against debts reported in December at $140 million.
    (AFP, 2/24/12)

2013        Feb 24, In the 85th Annual Academy Awards Jennifer Lawrence wins the Best Actress award for "Silver Linings Playbook"; Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for "Lincoln"; Best Picture went to "Argo." A Best Picture/Best Director split occurred since Ben Affleck was curiously not nominated for the award.
    (http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/2013-oscars/oscar-live-blog-013911081.html)
2013        Feb 24, Afghanistan's president said all US special forces must leave eastern Wardak province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. Suicide bombers targeted Afghanistan's intelligence agency and other security forces in four coordinated attacks in Kabul and outlying areas, leaving at least 7 dead, including the 4 bombers.
    (AP, 2/24/13)
2013        Feb 24, Cuba's parliament reconvened with new membership. Raul Castro announced that he will step down in 2018 following a final five-year term, for the first time putting a date on the end of the Castro era. He tapped rising star Miguel Diaz-Canel (52) as his top lieutenant and first in the line of succession.
    (AP, 2/24/13)
2013        Feb 24, Greek Cypriots voted for a new president. Conservative opposition party leader Nicos Anastasiades garnered 45.46% of the vote in the first round of voting, some 18 points over communist-backed Stavros Malas. With nearly all the votes counted, Anastasiades had 57.48% of the ballots, far ahead of Malas' 42.52%.
    (AP, 2/24/13)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.50)
2013        Feb 24, In Egypt thousands of brick workers blocked railroad tracks from a southern city to Cairo for a second day to protest rising industrial oil prices, causing the cancellation of some services. Residents of Port Said pressed their general strike which entered its second week.
    (AP, 2/24/13)
2013        Feb 24, In Ethiopia 11 African countries signed a UN-drafted peace deal to stabilize Congo, where rebels allegedly backed by neighboring countries last year threatened to oust the government.
    (AP, 2/24/13)
2013        Feb 24, In Greece a helicopter swooped down on the Trikala prison courtyard as armed men on board fired on guards and lowered a rope to help convicted killer  Panagiotis Vlastos make his fourth attempt to escape from a Greek prison. Vlastos was wounded the helicopter was grounded in the failed escape.
    (AP, 2/24/13)
2013        Feb 24, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported that Gen. Hamid Tabatabaei, a commander of the powerful Revolutionary Guards, has been killed in the country's Kurdish northwest.
    (AP, 2/24/13)
2013        Feb 24, Italy began 2 days of parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 2/24/13)
2013        Feb 24, Palestinians called for an international investigation of Israel's treatment of detained Palestinians, after a 30-year-old Palestinian died in custody and a hunger strike by four other inmates sparked a week of West Bank protests.
    (AP, 2/24/13)
2013        Feb 24, Syrian rebels used captured tanks to launch a fresh offensive on a government complex housing a police academy in Aleppo as they continued to log a string of strategic victories against President Bashar Assad's troops who countered with airstrikes.
    (AP, 2/24/13)
2013        Feb 24, Syrian comedian Yassin Bakoush (75) was killed by a mortar round that landed on his car in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus. SANA state news said he was killed by a rebel mortar round. The anti-regime Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was a rocket-propelled grenade launched by government troops.
    (AP, 2/24/13)
2013        Feb 24, Zimbabwe's broke coalition government said it has raised enough money privately to pay for a referendum on a new constitution scheduled March 16.
    (AP, 2/24/13)

2014        Feb 24, Harold Ramis (b.1944), American writer, director and actor, died at his Chicago-area home. His film work included Meatballs" (1979), “Caddyshack" (1980), “Ghostbusters"  (1984), “Groundhog Day" (1993), and “Analyze This" (1999).
    (SFC, 2/25/14, p.C2)
2014        Feb 24, In Central African Republic Chadian peacekeepers shot dead 3 civilians in a Christian neighborhood of Bangui. Witnesses said anti-Balaka Christian militiamen killed at least 70 Muslims in the remote southwest village of Guen earlier this month.
    (Reuters, 2/24/14)(AP, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, The military-installed government of Egyptian PM Hazem al-Beblawi said it has resigned, ahead of a presidential poll which will likely bring army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power. Beblawi said the his government would remain in a caretaker role until the interim president signs off on the resignations.
    (AFP, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, France passed the Florange law in response to ArcelorMittal’s 2013 closure of the Florange blast furnace in northeast France. It was set to go fully into force in March 2016 at which point shareholders in listed French companies will see their voting rights double.
    (http://tinyurl.com/loqnsvl)(Econ., 5/2/15, p.12)
2014        Feb 24, Indian attorney general Ghoolam Vahanvati told the Supreme Court the prosecution did not intend to proceed against Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, accused of killing two fisherman, under the anti-piracy section of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts. The sailors said they mistook two fishermen for pirates during the incident in February 2012, off the coast of Kerala state.
    (Reuters, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, Indian soldiers killed 7 rebels in a gunbattle in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, Indonesian officials said floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains killed at least 11 people in Papua province.
    (SFC, 2/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Feb 24, In Iraq Atheel al-Nujaifi, governor of Nineveh province and the parliament speaker's brother, survived the third attempt on his life this month, as violence across the country killed 35 people.
    (AFP, 2/24/14)(AFP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 24, Two Israeli raids hit a Hezbollah target on the border of Lebanon and Syria. Lebanon's National News Agency soon confirmed the report, adding that the raids struck the countryside of the Lebanese border town of Nabi Sheet.
    (AFP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 24, In Lebanon actress and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie completed a surprise 3-day visit to Lebanon to draw attention to the challenges facing thousands of Syrian refugee children and to highlight the massive displacement Syria's three-year conflict has created.
    (AP, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, Libyan police found 7 Egyptian Christians shot dead on a beach outside Benghazi. This was the second such execution-style killing in Libya since the start of the year.
    (Reuters, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, In Morocco hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants armed with sticks and stones stormed the six-meter (20-foot) high double barbed wire border fence in a bid to enter Spain's northwest African enclave of Melilla, with about 100 of them making it across.
    (AP, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, In northwest Pakistan unknown gunmen near Miranshah killed Asmatullah Shaheen Bitani, a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban, along with 3 of his aides. 2 security guards were killed and more than a dozen people wounded in a suicide bombing outside the Iranian consulate in Peshawar.
    (AFP, 2/24/14)(Reuters, 2/24/14)(SFC, 2/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Feb 24, Hamas authorities said Gaza police have arrested family members over the deaths of two Palestinian teenage girls, one of them the victim of a suspected "honor" killing."
    (AF P, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, A Russian court sentenced seven activists to prison terms of up to four years over a protest against President Vladimir Putin as police detained hundreds of supporters outside.
    (AFP, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was jailed for a week by a court for resisting arrest at a protest over the convictions of activists for attacking police at a 2012 rally against President Putin. On Feb 28 a Moscow court put Navalny under house arrest, forbidding him from using the Internet or communicating with anyone outside his family.
    (Reuters, 2/25/14)(AP, 2/28/14)
2014        Feb 24, In Saudi Arabia three security officers were wounded, one critically, by gunfire outside a police station in a flashpoint village in the mostly Shi'ite Muslim area of Qatif.
    (Reuters, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 24, In central Syria air raids on rebel-held towns killed 18 people. Airstrikes killed some 10 people in the northern city of Sheikh Khader.
    (Reuters, 2/24/14)(AP, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra, the target of anti-government protests in Bangkok, has been staying outside the city and ruled out resigning despite a series of deadly attacks heaping pressure on her administration.
    (Reuters, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, A taped conversation of Turkey’s PM Erdogan speaking with his younger son Bilal was posted on You Tube. It dated to Dec 17 when police raided the homes of several members of Erdogan’s cabinet and business allies as part of a corruption probe.
    (Econ, 3/1/14, p.53)
2014        Feb 24, Uganda's Pres. Museveni signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality, defying protests from rights groups, criticism from Western donors and a US warning that it will complicate relations.
    (Reuters, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, Ukraine's acting government issued an arrest warrant for President Viktor Yanukovych, accusing him of mass crimes against the protesters who stood up for months against his rule. The head of the city administration in Sevastopol quit amid the turmoil, and protesters replaced a Ukrainian flag near the city hall building with a Russian flag. Andriy Klyuyev, President Viktor Yanukovych's chief of staff until Sunday, was wounded by gunfire and hospitalized.
    (AP, 2/24/14)(AP, 2/25/14)
2014        Feb 24, In Uruguay Carlos Paez Vilaro (90), a self-trained painter, sculptor, screenwriter, musician and architect, died. He championed Afro-Uruguayan Candombe music and dance, created colorful murals in dozens of cities around the world, and built a huge "living sculpture" that became an iconic 50-room hotel.
    (AP, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, Pope Francis announced the first major overhaul of the Vatican's outdated and inefficient bureaucracy in a quarter-century, creating an economics secretariat to control all economic, administrative, personnel and procurement functions of the Holy See.
    (AP, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, In Venezuela anti-government demonstrators set up barricades in Caracas, snarling traffic, despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests in which at least 11 people have died in the OPEC nation.
    (AP, 2/24/14)

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