This Day In History — Mexico declares independence from Spain

February 24

1582
Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull introducing the Gregorian calendar reform.

1803
The Supreme Court ruled in Marbury v. Madison that any act of Congress which conflicts with the Constitution is null and void.

1821
Mexico declared its independence from Spain.

1868
Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States, became the first president to have impeachment proceedings brought against him by the House of Representatives.

1903
The lease for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was signed.

1920
Adolf Hitler outlined the basic points of the Nazi party at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich.

1968
The discovery of a pulsar was announced.

1980
The U.S. hockey team defeated Finland to win the gold medal at the Lake Placid Olympics.

Birthdays

Winslow Homer
1836–1910, American Painter.

Honus Wagner
baseball player (1874)

Chester William Nimitz
admiral (1885)

Joseph Lieberman
politician (1942)

Steve Jobs
entrepreneur (1955)

Paula Zahn
TV news reporter, anchor (1956)

Billy Zane
actor (1966)

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