It happened today – this day in history – February 24

1208. St Francis of Assisi receives his vocation aged 26 in Portiuncula, Italy.

1510: Pope Julius II excommunicates the republic of Venice.

1527: Ferdinand of Austria is crowned as king of Bohemia.

1582: Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar.

1607: Monteverdi’s opera “LOrfeo” premieres in Mantua, the oldest opera still regularly performed.

1711: Handel’s opera “Rinaldo” premieres at Haymarket theatre in London.

1786: Charles Cornwallis is appointed governor-general of India. On the same day, storyteller Wilhelm Grimm is born.

1804: Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground.

1826: The signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo marks the end of the First Burmese War.

1848: King Louis-Philippe abdicates, the second French republic is declared.

1868: US House of Representatives votes 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson.

1895: Cuban war for independence begins.

1918: Estonia declares independence from Russia. It is exactly two years before a peace treaty confirms it.

1924: Mahatma Gandhi is released from jail.

1932: Malcolm Campbell sets the world land speed record speed of 253.96 mph driving his Bluebird car at Daytona Beach, Florida.

1944: Minister of War Juan Peron leads a coup in Argentina.

1945: Egypt & Syria declare war on Germany. On the same day, Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha is killed in parliament and Manilla is freed from Japanese occupation.

1946: Juan Peron is elected President of Argentina.

1950: Clement Attlee returns as prime minister as Labour wins the general election with a slim majority.

1955: Deep snow and freezing temperatures cause havoc across much of Britain.

1956: Singles chart:

  1. Memories Are Made Of This – Dean Martin
  2. Zambesi – Lou Busch
  3. It’s Almost Tomorrow – The Dreamweavers
  4. (Love Is) The Tender Trap – Frank Sinatra
  5. Sixteen Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford
  6. Only You – The Hilltoppers
  7. Rock And Roll Waltz – Kay Starr
  8. Band Of Gold – Don Cherry
  9. The Ballad Of Davy Crockett – Bill Hayes
  10. Dreams Can Tell A Lie – Nat King Cole

1966: A coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana.

1968: The South Vietnamese celebrate the recapture of the country’s third city, Hue after a battle lasting three weeks.

1969: Mariner 6 is launched to study the atmosphere of Mars.

1971: Algeria nationalises 51 per cent of French oil concessions.


1979: War begins between north and south Yemen

1981: The engagement is announced of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

On TV (Tuesday)


06.40Open University


09.05For Schools and Colleges



13.00Pebble Mill At One

13.45Pigeon Street

14.00You And Me

14.15For Schools and Colleges

15.20Pobol Y Cwn

15.55Play School

16.20Touche Turtle


16.40Animal Magic

17.05John Craven’s Newsround

17.15Grange Hill


17.55Regional News


18.45Rolf Harris’ Cartoon Time



20.10When The Boat Comes In


21.25Play: The Union
Dramatisation of the events surrounding the Electrical Trades Union vote-rigging case of the late 1950s.



23.30Platform One



06.40Open University


11.00Play School

11.25Speak For Yourself


14.30Roads To Conflict

15.00Propaganda With Facts

15.30A Child’s Place


16.50Open University

17.40Film: One A.M. (1916)
Starring Charlie Chaplin


18.40Under Sail


19.00Destry Rides Again (1939)
Lighthearted western romp starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart

20.30Russell Harty
With guest Lord Shinwell

21.00Pot Black
Cliff Thorburn takes on Steve Davis and Eddie Charlton goes up against David Taylor for places in the semi final.

21.50Ireland: A Television History



09.30For Schools

12.00Jamie And The Magic Torch


12.30The Sullivans


13.20Thames News

13.30Crown Court

14.00Afternoon Plus

14.45The Mallens

15.45Barney Miller

16.15Dr Snuggles

16.20Take A Chance

16.45Ace Reports

17.15Emmerdale Farm


18.00Thames News



19.00Looks Familiar


20.00Robin’s Nest
Comedy series starring Richard O’Sullivan

20.30Janet and Company
Starring impressionist Janet Brown



22.30Basil Hume
Documentary about the leading Roman catholic in England

23.30Job Hunt

1983: A special commission of the US Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during the Second World War.

1988: Death of blues artist Memphis Slim (John Chatman) aged 72.

1989: A 150 million year old fossil egg is found in Utah with a fossilised dinosaur embryo inside, the oldest dinosaur egg found in the Northern Hemisphere. On the same day, Panama’s Roberto Duran wins his fourth boxing world title in different weight divisions at age 37 when he beats Iran Barkley in a 12 round split decision in Atlantic City.

1990: Early 1950s crooner Johnnie Ray dies of liver failure.

1992: Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain marries Courtney Love in Waikiki, Hawaii.

1993: Former West Ham United and England captain Bobby Moore dies from cancer aged 51.

1998: Elton John is knighted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

1999: A report on the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence describes the Metropolitan Police as “institutionally racist”.

2004: Estelle Axton, who helped create the legendary US soul music label Stax, dies in Memphis, aged 85.

2006: Death of actor Dennis Weaver aged 81.

2008: Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba due to ill health after nearly fifty years. On the same day, Daniel Day Lewis wins his second best actor Oscar for his role in “There Will Be Blood” at the 80th Academy Awards.

2010: Natavia Lowery, the personal assistant to former Ramones manager Linda Stein is convicted in a New York court of bludgeoning her boss to death at her Manhattan apartment on October 30 2007. On the same day, Sachin Tendulkar scores the first double century in one day international cricket.

2013: Daniel Day Lewis wins the best actor Oscar for Lincoln at the 85th Academy Awards.

2014: Franny Beecher, lead guitarist for Bill Haley and his Comets dies in his sleep from natural causes aged 92. On the same day, actor/director Harold Ramis dies aged 69.

2016: Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan is ordered to give 6,000 Euros to charity after head-butting an Irish police officer at Shannon Airport in November 2014.

2019: Olivia Coleman wins the Oscar for best actress in The Favourite.

2020: Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is found guilty of rape and a criminal sexual act in a landmark case that ignited #MeToo movement.

2022: Russian leader Vladimir Putin announces the start of a “special military operation” in Ukraine to “demilitarize” the country moments before Russia launches a full-scale invasion. On the sam day, actress Sally Kellerman dies aged 84 of heart failure.

2023: Puffin, publisher of author Roald Dhal, announces it will now print his books with their original unaltered text alongside those with offensive language removed, after widespread criticism. On the same day, Bernard Ingham, former press secretary for prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, dies aged 90.

2023: Pink – Trustfall

Album chart:

  1. Trustfall – Pink
  2. Cuts & Bruises – Inhaler
  3. Inhale/Exhale – Those Damn Crows
  4. The Highlights – The Weeknd
  5. Harry’s House – Harry Styles
  6. Optical Deluion – Orbital
  7. Midnights – Taylor Swift
  8. SOS – SZA
  9. Curtain Call: The Hits – Eminem
  10. Diamonds – Elton John
Denis Law (Photo: Danny Molyneux)

BIRTHDAYS: Jess Conrad (Gerald James), actor/singer, 88; Denis Law, footballer, 84; Paul Jones (Pond), singer/harmonica player/broadcaster (Manfred Mann) 82; Edward James Olmos, actor, 77; George Thorogood, singer/guitarist 74; Clyde Best, footballer, 73; Alain Prost, Formula 1 champion driver, 69; Michelle Shocked (Karen Johnston), singer-songwriter, 62; Kristin Davis, actress, 59; Billy Zane, actor, 58; Ben Miller, actor/comedian, 58; Chris Fehn, percussionist (Slipknot) 51; Floyd Mayweather Jr, boxer, 47; Leyton Hewitt, Australian tennis champion, 43; Daniel Kaluuya, actor, 35; Antony (Matheus dos Santos) footballer, 24; Anthony Gordon, footballer, 23.