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303 – Galerius publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Roman Empire.

1386 – King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda.

1739 – Battle of Karnal: The army of Iranian ruler Nader Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah.

1822 – The first Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad, is inaugurated.

1857 – The first shipment of perforated postage stamps was received by the U.S. Government.

1868 – Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the Senate.

1881 – China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty.

1920 – The Nazi Party is founded.

1938 – The first nylon bristle toothbrush was made. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially.

1942 – The Voice of America (VOA) aired for the first time.

1945 – Egyptian Premier Ahmad Mahir Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree.

1956 – The city of Cleveland invoked a 1931 law that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public without an adult guardian.

1989 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a US$3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.

2007 – Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.

2008 – Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba and the Council of Ministers after 32 years. He remains as head of the Communist Party for another 3 years

24th February in history2011 – Final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

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