Today in History for 24th February 2021

Historical Events

1597 – Flemish painter Frederick of Valckenborch becomes porter of Frankfurt-on-Main
1917 – German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed (Zimmerman telegram)
1924 – Mahatma Gandhi released from jail
1952 – Norway goes 1-2 in the men’s ski jumping event at the Oslo Winter Olympics with Arnfinn Bergmann winning gold ahead of teammate Torbjørn Falkanger
1983 – Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time
2018 – Men’s big air snowboarding event makes Olympic debut at Pyeongchang; Canada’s Sébastien Toutant is inaugural gold medallist

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Famous Birthdays

1842 – Arrigio Enrico Boito, composer
1885 – Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer and painter (d. 1939)
1909 – Michael Francis Morris Lindsay, orientalist
1940 – Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist/architect (Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam)
1954 – Plastic Bertrand [Roger François Jouret], Belgian singer (Ça plane pour moi), born in Brussels, Belgium
1973 – Alexei Kovalev, NHL right wing (NY Rangers), born in Moscow, Russia

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Famous Deaths

1924 – Edmond Picard, French-Belgian lawyer and writer (Ambidextre journalist), dies at 87
1929 – André Charles Prosper Messager, French organist, composer and conductor (Les Deux Pigeons, Véronique), dies at 75
1990 – Malcolm Forbes, American publisher of Forbes Magazine, dies of a heart attack at 70
1991 – Marcella Markham, dies of breast cancer at 68
1994 – Jean Sablon, French singer-songwriter, dies at 87
1998 – Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife … please), dies at 91

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