Today is Sunday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2013. There are 310 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1525 - Spanish army, using muskets for first time in war, routs French and Swiss forces at Pavia, Italy, as 14,000 men are slain in battle.
1530 - Charles V is crowned Holy Roman Emperor and King of Italy by Pope Clement VII at Bologna — the last imperial coronation by a pope.
1656 - Spain declares war on England.
1824 - Governor general of India declares war on Burmese after British East India Company territory is violated.
1830 - King Louis-Philippe of France abdicates in the face of an insurrection in Paris, giving way to the Second Republic.
1891 - China pays indemnity to Russia for return of Ili Valley in northwest China.
1920 - Nazi Party is organized in Germany.
1945 - Egypt's Premier Ahmed Pasha is assassinated after announcing Egypt's declaration of war against Germany; U.S. troops liberate Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese occupation during World War II.
1946 - Juan Peron is elected for first of three presidential terms in Argentina.
1962 - At least 25 people, most of them Muslims, are slain during terrorist outbreak in Algiers.
1966 - Military coup in Ghana deposes President Kwame Nkrumah while he is out of country en route to China.
1990 - Candidates favoring independence run well in elections to the Supreme Soviet of Lithuania.
1991 - Hours after last-minute Soviet diplomatic efforts fail, allied forces launch a ground offensive against Iraqi forces in Kuwait and Iraq.
1992 - Azerbaijani militants fire rockets into the capital of the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, killing four.
1993 - With the lowest popularity rating in Canadian polling history, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney calls it quits after nine years in office.
1995 - Breaking its silence with a fury rare in trans-Atlantic diplomacy, the U.S. Embassy accuses France's interior minister of lying about a spy scandal.
1996 - Cuban government fighter planes shoot down two small aircraft belonging to an exile group flying off the coast of Havana.
1997 - Nine army officers in Zaire declare that they will join the rebels under Laurent Kabila who seek to topple Mobuto Sese Seko.
1998 - An armed band shoots and kills a socialist candidate and four supporters in northern India in election-related violence.
1999 - The second killer avalanche hits western Austria in as many days, raising the death toll to 38.
2000 - Betty Lou Beets, 62, is executed after Texas Gov. George W. Bush rejects her claim that she killed her fifth husband in self-defense and deserved a reprieve. She is the second woman executed in Texas since the Civil War.
2001 - The French government offers medical benefits and shelter to 908 shipwrecked Iraqi Kurds, who have been living in a military camp since their rusty freighter washed onto the French Riviera a week before.
2002 - The Winter Olympic Games concludes in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Germany winning the most medals in the games: 12 golds, 16 silvers and seven bronzes for a total of 35.
2003 - Vojislav Seselj, leader of the ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party, surrenders to the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He is charged with eight counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes stemming from his links to paramilitary forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and northern Serbia during 1991-95 ethnic conflicts.
2004 - A 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocks a picturesque but impoverished region of northern Morocco, killing more than 550 people.
2005 - Scores of Somalis sing and shout a welcome President Abdullah Yusuf Ahmed as he makes his first trip home since his government-in-exile was formed last year.
2006 - Suicide bombers in Saudi Arabia carry out a bold attack on the world's largest oil processing facility but are stopped from breaking in by guards who fire on their cars, exploding both vehicles and killing the attackers.
2007 - The Virginia General Assembly votes unanimously to express "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery, becoming the first in the U.S. to pass such a measure.
2008 - Raul Castro replaces brother Fidel as Cuba's president.
2009 - President Barack Obama makes his first address to Congress, warning the U.S. has to start reckoning with its economic problems.
2011 — Discovery, the world's most traveled spaceship, thunders into orbit for the final time, heading toward the International Space Station on a journey that marks the beginning of the end of the shuttle era.
2012) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton blasts Russia and China as "despicable" for opposing U.N. action aimed at stopping the bloodshed in Syria, and more than 60 nations begin planning a civilian peacekeeping mission to deploy after the Damascus regime halts its crackdown on the opposition.
Ibn Battuta, Arab explorer (1304-1368); Charles V, Holy Roman emperor, king of Spain and archduke of Austria (1500-1558); Wilhelm Grimm, German author (1786-1859); George Augustus Moore, English novelist (1852-1933); Bettino Craxi, first Socialist prime minister of Italy (1934-2000); James Farentino, U.S. actor (1938--2012); Paula Zahn, U.S news correspondent (1956--); Todd Field, U.S. actor/director (1964--).
Thought For Today:
Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves — Queen Victoria, British monarch (1819-1901).