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This Day in History: Feb. 24

This Day in History

1803: In the case of Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court for the first time overturns a U.S. law.
1868: The U.S. House of Representatives votes to impeach Pres. Andrew Johnson.
1955: Iraq concludes the Baghdad Pact, a mutual-security treaty with Turkey which is later expanded into a Middle Eastern defense system later known as the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO).
1981: In Britain, Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
1991: The ground war begins in the Persian Gulf War, as Allied troops launch a ground offensive against Iraq.
1993: Canadian Prime Min. Brian Mulroney announces his resignation after 8 years in office.
2000: Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to visit Egypt.
2003: The U.S., Spain and Britain sponsor a U.N. Security Council resolution that Iraq has missed its last chance to disarm peacefully; France and Germany counter with proposal to extend weapons inspections for four months or longer.
2004: Pres. George W. Bush pushes for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Today's Birthdays

1786: Wilhelm Grimm, folklorist and coauthor of Grimm's Fairy Tales (Hanau, Germany; died 1859)
1836: Winslow Homer, painter (Boston, MA; died 1910)
1874: Honus Wagner, baseball player (Carnegie, PA; died 1955)
1885: Chester Nimitz, Pacific commander in WWII (Fredericksburg, TX; died 1966)
1921: Abe Vigoda, actor (New York, NY)
1922: Steven Hill, actor (Seattle, WA)
1932: Michel Legrand, composer/conductor (Paris, France)
1935: Renata Scotto, opera singer (Savona, Italy)
1938: James Farentino, actor (Brooklyn, NY). Philip H. Knight, Nike executive (Oregon).
1945: Barry Bostwick, actor (San Mateo, CA)
1947: Edward James Olmos, actor (East Los Angeles, CA)
1955: Steve Jobs, Apple Computer executive (California)
1956: Eddie Murray, baseball player (Los Angeles, CA). Paula Zahn, TV anchor (Naperville, IL).
1966: Billy Zane, actor (Chicago, IL)


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