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Russia begins full-scale invasion of Ukraine – Chicago Tribune


Today is Saturday, February 24, the 55th day of 2024. There are 311 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On February 24, 2022, Russia began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, launching airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending troops and tanks from various directions.

On this date:

In 1803, the Supreme Court established judicial review of the constitutionality of statutes in its decision in Marbury v. Madison.

In 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson by a vote of 126–47 following his attempt to impeach Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate.

In 1942, the SS Struma, a charter ship attempting to transport approximately 800 Jewish refugees from Romania to British-mandated Palestine, was torpedoed by a Soviet submarine in the Black Sea; All but one of the refugees died.

In 1981, a jury in White Plains, New York, convicted Jean Harris of “Scarsdale Diet” author Dr. He found him guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Herman Tarnower. (Harris, who was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, was granted clemency by New York Governor Mario Cuomo in December 1992.)

In 1986, the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision overturned an Indianapolis ordinance that allowed women who were injured by someone who viewed or read pornographic material to sue the person who produced or sold that material.

In 1988, in a decision that expanded legal protection for parody and satire, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s $150,000 award against Hustler magazine and its publisher, Larry Flynt.

In 1989, a state funeral was held in Japan for Emperor Hirohito, who had died a month earlier at the age of 87.

In 1993, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney resigned after more than eight years in office.

The 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics ended on the same day Canada won its first hockey gold medal in 50 years and three cross-country skiers were kicked out of the games for using performance-enhancing drugs.

In 2008, the Cuban parliament elected Raul Castro as president, ending the nearly 50-year rule of his brother Fidel.

In 2011, the world’s most traveled spaceship, Discovery, entered orbit for the final time and headed for the International Space Station, a journey that marked the beginning of the end of the shuttle age.

Jan Berenstain, who wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bears books with her husband Stan, died in 2012 in Solebury, Pennsylvania, at the age of 88.

In 2015, the Justice Department announced that George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin during a 2012 confrontation, would not face federal charges.

In 2020, former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was convicted in New York on charges of raping and sexually assaulting two women. (Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison.)

In 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, launching airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending troops and tanks from many directions.

Today’s birthdays: Actor-singer Dominic Chianese 93, Singer Joanie Sommers 83, Actor Jenny O’Hara 82, Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn. 82, Actor Barry Bostwick 79, Actor Edward James Olmos 77. Singer-writer-producer Rupert Holmes 77. Rock singer-musician George Thorogood 74. Actor Debra Jo Rupp 73. Actor Helen Shaver 73. Newscaster Paula Zahn 68. Baseball Hall of Fame Actor Eddie Murray is 68 years old. Country singer Sammy Kershaw is 66, Actor Mark Moses is 66, Actor Beth Broderick is 65, Actor Emilio Rivera is 63, Singer Michelle Shocked is 62, Film director Todd Field is 60, Actor Billy Zane is 58, Actor Bonnie Somerville is 50. Jazz musician Jimmy Greene, 49. Former boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. 47. Rock musician Matt McGinley (Gym Class Heroes) 41. Actor Wilson Bethel 40. Actor Alexander Koch 36. Actor Daniel Kaluuya (Movie: “Get Out”) 35 years old. Actor O’Shea Jackson Jr. 33 years old.


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