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What are the important events that happened on July 24? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 24 is the 206th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 160 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 11, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,488,640 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectahexagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 188 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,311 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 24 Historical Events

  • 1701
    Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1935
    The dust bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (44°C) in Chicago and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • 1943
    World War II: Operation Gomorrah begins: British and Canadian aeroplanes bomb Hamburg by night, those of the Americans by day. By the end of the operation in November, 9,000 tons of explosives will have killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed 280,000 buildings.
  • 2001
    Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office.
  • 2002
    Democrat James Traficant is expelled from the United States House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1.

Who were born on July 24?

  • 1867
    Vicente Acosta, Salvadoran poet (d. 1908)
  • 1938
    John Sparling, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1964
    Barry Bonds, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Nate Bump, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Mark Robinson, English footballer

Who died on July 24?

  • 1970
    Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman (b. 1897)
  • 1974
    James Chadwick, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1891)
  • 1991
    Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-born Yiddish author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1996
    Alphonso Roberts, West Indian cricketer and politician (b. 1937)
  • 1997
    Saw Maung, Burmese dictator (b. 1928)

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