Sat, February 24, 2018 | 05:36

Today is Saturday, February 24, the 55nd day of 2018. There are 310 days left in the year.

1597 — Flemish painter Frederick of Valckenborch becomes porter of Frankfurt-on-Main

1607 — Claudio Monteverdi’s opera "Orfeo" premieres in Mantua

1613 — English princess Elizabeth marries earl Frederik of Palts

1708 — Prince Johan Willem Friso sworn in as viceroy of Groningen

1807 — 17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England

1821 — Mexico gains independence from Spain

1917 — Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleveland for $15,000

1918 — Estonia declares