Saturday 24 February 2018, 12:16:48
24 February 1500
: Charles V, Holy Roman emperor, is born in Ghent, Flanders.
24 February 1582
: Pope Gregory XIII issues a papal bull outlining his calendar reform to finetune the leap year rule.
24 February 1607
: “L' Orfeo” by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the earliest music dramas still regularly performed, is premiered at a court performance during the annual Carnival at Mantua.
24 February 1619
: Charles Le Brun, French artist and theorist, is born in Paris.
24 February 1815
: Robert Fulton, American inventor and steamboat pioneer, dies in New York at age 49.
24 February 1821
: Mexico declares itself independent from Spain.
24 February 1907
: The Royal Dutch Shell Group is created when the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, founded in 1890, and the "Shell" Transport and Trading Company Ltd, founded in 1897 in the United Kingdom, merge to better compete with Standard Oil.
24 February 1961
: British archaeologist Louis Leakey finds the first fossil of Homo habilis
, the “Handy Man”, in the Olduvai Gorge in Kenya.
24 February 2008
: After running Cuba for nearly fifty years, Fidel Castro announces his future retirement, handing over power temporarily to his brother Raoul.