February 24. Today is the 55th day of the year, and we have 311 days left this year.
Did you notice that adds up to 366 days? No, my math isn’t off. This is because we have a leap year this year. If you’ve been reading my daily history entries and paying attention, you’d have known this already.
Okay, let’s see what we’ve got for today in history that is of interest to myself, and hopefully to you all…
That’s an old case, still taught today in law school…
1831 – The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West.
I know another president that ought to be impeached…
1917 – World War I: The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if Mexico declares war on the United States.
Even back then, nobody wanted California.
Who to celebrate today? Well for birthdays, we have:
1921 – Abe Vigoda, American actor
1938 – Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer
1956 – Eddie Murray, American baseball player
2006 – Don Knotts, American actor (b. 1924)