Historical Events for 24th February 2024

1797 – Colonel William Tate and his force of 1,000-1,500 soldiers surrender after the Last Invasion of Britain (according to legend, to Welsh women in tall black hats, mistaken for elite guards regiment)
1949 – Israel and Egypt sign an armistice agreement
1968 – Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games
1970 – 29 Swiss Army officers die in avalanche (Reckingen, Switzerland)
1982 – Boston Celtics begin an 18 NBA game winning streak
1991 – English-Yiddish musical revue “Those Were The Days” closes at Edison Theater, NYC, after 126 performances
2013 – 55th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins 2nd Great American Race; Danica Patrick first female to start from pole position; also best-ever finish by a woman at Daytona (8th)
2018 – Japanese speed skater Nana Takagi wins her 2nd gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the women’s mass start event; also member Japan’s successful pursuit team
2019 – 91st Academy Awards: Best Picture “Green Book”, Best Director Alfonso Cuarón, Best Actor Rami Malek, Best Actress Olivia Colman
2020 – Scientists identify the first animal that doesn’t need oxygen to breathe – a tiny parasite living in salmon tissue, reported in journal PNAS

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