Born on this day 24th February
1786 Wilhelm Grimm
1931 Brian Close
1932 John Verno
1940 Denis Law
1942 Paul Jones
1946 John Stapleton
1948 Dennis Waterman
1955 Alain Prost
Died on this day
1975 Nikolai Bulganin
1994 Dinah Shore
2002 Chuck Jones
1962 The Beatles played a concert at the Birkenhead YMCA for a fee of £30. The audience didn’t enjoy the show-they were booed off stage and left early for a second gig at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where they fared much better..
1932 Malcolm Cambell broke his own land speed record when he reached 253.4 mph at Daytona, America.
1964 British boxer Henry Cooper beat Brian London to win his second Lonsdale belt.
1990 Former Boxing world champion Terry Marsh who was charged with attempting to murder his former manager Frank Warren, was further remanded in custody by magistrates at Barking, East London.
People & Showbiz
1991 The Queen made a television and radio broadcast to the nation, expressing her hope for a just and lasting peace in the Gulf.
1992 Benny Hill left hospital after suffering a minor heart attack, with orders to lose two stone in weight and take more exercise.
1995 Radio 1 sacked DJ Bruno Brookes and hired Wendy Lloyd from Virgin 1215 and Chris Pearce from Kiss FM.
1958 The government announced that US missiles were to be based in East Anglia, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
1985 At the miner’s rally in Trafalgar Square, over 100 people were arrested after a number of fights broke out between protesters and police.
1988 The first baby to be born from a frozen embryo was born at Dulwich Hospital in South London to 37 yr old Ann Forrester.
1989 A survey organized by Hillingdon, Hounslow and Spelthorne councils over a 2 yr period revealed that a quarter of the 1,000 meals tested at Heathrow Airport contained excessive levels of bacteria.
1991 The Allied land offensive began in the Gulf at precisely 1am GMT. Allied ground forces swept into Kuwait after the launch of huge air strikes and met little resistance, with 5,500 Iraqis taken prisoner.The Kuwaiti ambassador in France claimed that the allies were now in control of most of his country and that Iraqi troops had either given up or were fleeing.
1997 Vivienne Westwood caused a stir when she held her first fashion show in London for almost 8 years when it became known that two of the cat-walk models were only 13 years old.
1997 John Bowis, a junior transport minister, called for homosexual couples to be allowed to enter into a legal contract akin to marriage.