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1582 Pope Gregory XIII issued an edict outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.)
1803 In its Marbury v. Madison decision, the Supreme Court established judicial review of the constitutionality of statutes.
1864 According to the National Park Service, the first Union prisoners arrived at the Confederates' Andersonville prison camp in Georgia. During its 14 months of existence, the overcrowded camp ended up holding some 45,000 men, more than four times its intended capacity; nearly 13,000 prisoners perished from disease, starvation or exposure.
1920 The German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform.
1938 The first nylon bristle toothbrush, manufactured by DuPont under the name "Dr. West's Miracle Toothbrush," went on sale. (Previously, toothbrush bristles were made from animal hair.)
1961 The Federal Communications Commission authorized the nation's first full-scale trial of pay television in Hartford, Conn.
1988 In a ruling that expanded legal protections for parody and satire, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a $150,000 award that the Rev. Jerry Falwell had won against Hustler magazine and publisher Larry Flynt.
In The Star
Feb. 24, 1939, in The Star: The Alabama Senate today approved a bill to enact a civil service system to manage state employees and their hiring and firing. Those employed in public health and education will also be included in the plan, in contrast to an amendment offered early in the wheeling-and-dealing process that had sought to exclude those employees. If the governor signs the bill in the next few days as he’s expected to do, Alabama will be the only Southern state with a civil service system; Arkansas had one but scrapped it after a two-year trial. Also this date: Two outstanding orators holding directly opposite views will take the stage in Anniston High School auditorium tonight to debate the war in China. It’s a war that’s raged for months, with thousands of lives lost and much property destroyed, but one which has never been officially declared. Dr. No-Young Park, native of Manchuria, will uphold the Chinese side and Dr. Yutaka Minakuchi, native of Tokyo, will present the Japanese point of view. The debate will be moderated by Col. Harry M. Ayers, who spend a considerable amount of time in China in the early period of medical missionary work by his father, Dr. T. W. Ayers.
Feb. 24, 1989, in The Star: Although the controversy over the publication of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses prompted Barnes & Noble and WaldenBooks to pull their copies from the shelves, Southern-based Bookland has had no such qualms and wants to sell as many as it might get. Trouble is, the supply ran out quickly at Bookland’s Quintard Mall store in Oxford and readers are having to put their names on a waiting list. Store manager Lynda Wilkes said she sold out six days ago and is waiting for more copies to arrive. Also this date: His family, friends and customers are in shock today over the death of Benny Easterwood, 48, assistant manager of the Winn-Dixie supermarket on Noble Street. He had been with the company 30 years. A robber entered the store with a gun and killed Easterwood shortly after 9 p.m. last night, according to witnesses, Anniston police said. The robber dropped the bag of store receipts and fled on foot when he saw a police cruiser move through the parking lot on an unrelated call.
Birthdays for February 24
Actor Abe Vigoda is 93. Actor Steven Hill is 92. Actress Emmanuelle Riva is 87. Actor-singer Dominic Chianese is 83. Movie composer Michel Legrand is 82. Actor Barry Bostwick is 69. Actor Edward James Olmos is 67. Singer-writer-producer Rupert Holmes is 67. Rock singer-musician George Thorogood is 64. Actress Debra Jo Rupp is 63. Actress Helen Shaver is 63. News anchor Paula Zahn is 58. Country singer Sammy Kershaw is 56. Actor Mark Moses is 56. Singer Michelle Shocked is 52. Movie director Todd Field is 50. Actor Billy Zane is 48.
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