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