February 24 in Pop Culture History
February 24th is…
Bartender Day is observed annually on February 24th as a celebration of bartenders, one of the world’s oldest professions. On this day, bartenders showcase their unique skills and creations. Although the role of a bartender might seem modern, the profession has a long history, dating back to the 1400s.
Cupcake Day is a celebration of the popular sweet treat. In the late 1700s, cupcakes were made using basic ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs, and butter, and they were usually topped with a simple sugar icing in England. Cupcake Day is a day to enjoy and appreciate this beloved dessert’s delicious and creative variations.
Tortilla Chip Day is dedicated to the crispy, crunchy, tasty snack food, Tortilla Chips. Originating from Mexico, Tortilla Chips are made from corn tortillas, cut into triangle shapes and fried or baked until crispy. Today, they are a popular snack, often served with dips such as salsa, guacamole, or cheese sauce.
Trading Card Day: Trading Cards’ origins date back to the late 1800s. The first trading cards were produced as a marketing tool for cigarette and gum companies, featuring images of sports stars, celebrities, and fictional characters. These cards quickly gained popularity and became collectible items. In the 1920s and 1930s, companies started producing cards for specific sports, including baseball, football, and later adding basketball, further increasing their popularity.
Twin Peaks Day is celebrated on February 24 every year to commemorate the day in 1989 that FBI Agent Dale Cooper comes to town to investigate the death of Laura Palmer.
1582 – The Gregorian Calendar, which most of the world uses today, was introduced.
1711 – The London premiere of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel. It was the first Italian opera written for the London stage.
1863 – Arizona was organized as a United States territory.
1892 (Earthquake) Imperial Valley, California
1938 – A nylon-bristled toothbrush became the first commercial product made with nylon yarn.
1938 – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) bought the rights to adapt L. Frank Baum’s beloved children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as reported by Variety magazine.
1938 – DuPont began commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles for the so-called “Miracle Tuft Toothbrush.”
1970 – National Public Radio was founded in the US.
1973 – # 1 Hit February 24, 1973 – March 23, 1973: Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly with His Song
1980 – The United States Olympic Hockey team completed its Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4–2 to win the gold medal.
1981- The engagement of Charles, Price of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer was announced
1982 – The U.S. Supreme Court voted 8-0 to overturn the $200,000 settlement awarded to the Reverend Jerry Falwell for his emotional distress at being parodied in Hustler, a pornographic magazine.
1993- Michael Jackson received the Grammy Legend award, presented to him by his sister Janet at the 35th annual Grammy Awards.
2001 – # 1 Hit February 24, 2001 – March 23, 2001: Joe featuring Mystikal – Stutter
2011 – Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).