This day in history

Monday, Feb. 24, is the 55th day of 2014. There are 310 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actor Abe Vigoda is 93. Rock musician George Thorogood is 64. Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray is 58. Actor Billy Zane is 48. Rock musician Matt McGinley (Gym Class Heroes) is 31.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued an edict outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.)


In 1821, Mexican rebels proclaimed the Plan de Iguala, their declaration of independence from Spain.

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In 1868, the US House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted.

In 1912, the American Jewish women’s organization Hadassah was founded in New York City.

In 1920, the German Workers Party, which became the Nazi Party, met to adopt its platform.

In 1938, the first nylon bristle toothbrush, manufactured by DuPont under the name ‘‘Dr. West’s Miracle Toothbrush,’’ went on sale. (Previously, bristles were made from animal hair.)


In 1988, in a ruling that expanded protections for parody and satire, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a $150,000 award that the Rev. Jerry Falwell had won against Hustler magazine and publisher Larry Flynt.