Today is Friday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2012. There are 311 days left in the year.
On Feb. 24, 1942, the SS Struma, a charter ship attempting to carry Jewish refugees from Romania to Palestine during World War II, was torpedoed and sunk by a Soviet submarine after being towed and abandoned in the Black Sea by Turkish authorities; all but one of the 769 refugees on board perished.
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In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull, or edict, outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.)
In 1920, the German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform.