February 24 in Pop Culture History

February 24 in Pop Culture History

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

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

1863 – Arizona was organized as a United States territory.

1892 (Earthquake) Imperial Valley, California

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

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

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

1942 – In what may or may not have been a UFO attack, The Battle of Los Angeles lasted into the early hours of February 25.

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

1973 – # 1 Hit February 24, 1973 – March 23, 1973: Roberta FlackKilling 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. Basically the Supreme Court ruled that you can mock public figures.

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

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

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

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