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|February 24th, 2008||Event||Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.|
|February 24th, 2006||Event||Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares Proclamation 1017 placing the country in a state of emergency in attempt to subdue a possible military coup.|
|February 24th, 1999||Event||The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery, in spite of Germany s legal action to attempt to save him.|
|February 24th, 1999||Event||A China Southern Airlines Tupolev TU-154 airliner crashes on approach to Wenzhou airport in eastern the People s Republic of China, killing 61.|
|February 24th, 1996||Event||The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.|
|February 24th, 1995||Event||The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.|
|February 24th, 1989||Event||Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a USD $3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.|
|February 24th, 1989||Event||United Airlines Flight 811, bound for New Zealand from Honolulu, Hawaii, rips open during flight, sucking 9 passengers out of the business-class section.|
|February 24th, 1983||Event||A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.|
|February 24th, 1981||Event||Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer.|
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