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Notable Historical Events for February 24th

2008Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.

1952Betty MacKinnon & Sam Snead wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament

1989Margaret Ray found in David Letterman's home, claims to be his wife

199941st Grammy Awards: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic), Lauryn Hill wins

1987LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point

1208St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy

1990Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiia Ladies Golf Open

1981Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer

1711Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres at Haymarket theatre in London

200880th Academy Awards - "No Country for Old Men," Daniel Day-Lewis & Marion Cotillard win

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Notable Birthdays on February 24th

1950George Thorogood, Wilmington, Delaware, American singer and guitarist (The Delaware Destroyers-Bad to the Bone)

1786Wilhelm Karl Grimm, Hanau Germany, story teller (Grimm's Fairy Tales)

1885Chester Nimitz, US admiral (commanded Pacific fleet in WW II)

1874Honus Wagner, Chartiers Pennsylvana, HOF shortstop (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900-17)

1955Steve Jobs, San Francisco, California, American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple (d. 2011)

1956Eddie Murray, Los Angeles California, 1st baseman (Orioles, Dodgers, Cleve Indians)

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Notable Weddings on February 24th

1999Bollywood actor Ajay Devgan (29) weds actress Kajol Mukherjee (24) on a traditional Maharashtrian style ceremony in Juhu, Varsha

2007Former world champion track and field athlete Marion Jones (31) weds Olympic bronze medalist Obadele Thompson (30) at the Union Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina

1662English Poet and author of "Paradise Lost" John Milton marries 3rd wife Elizabeth Mynshull, 31 years his junior.

1886Inventor Thomas Edison (38) marries 2nd wife Mina Miller (20) in Akron Ohio.

1985NFL quarterback Joe Montana (28) weds actress and model Jennifer Wallace

1992Singer-songwriter Courtney Love (27) weds lead singer Kurt Cobain (25) on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii

1989Film director Tim Burton (30) weds photographer Lena Gieseke

1979NBA player Bill Walton (26) weds Susan Guth

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Notable Deaths on February 24th

1986Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician and "Father of Medicare", dies of cancer at 81

1815Robert Fulton, steamboat pioneer, dies at 49

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