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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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

May 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 24 is the 145th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 221 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

When this day started, 406,680 hours 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 ‘hectatetracontapentagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 249 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 1,250 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 24 Historical Events

  • 1621
    The Protestant Union is formally dissolved.
  • 1626
    Peter Minuit buys Manhattan.
  • 1830
    The first revenue trains in the United States begin service on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Baltimore, Maryland and Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland.
  • 1856
    John Brown and his men kill five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.
  • 1960
    Following the 1960 Valdivia earthquake, the largest ever recorded earthquake, Cordón Caulle begins to erupt.

Who were born on May 24?

  • 1932
    Arnold Wesker, English dramatist
  • 1950
    Larry Seidlin, American judge
  • 1956
    Larry Blackmon, American singer (Cameo)
  • 1965
    John C. Reilly, American actor
  • 1975
    Marc Gagnon, Canadian short track speed skater

Who died on May 24?

  • 1984
    Vincent J. McMahon, American pro wrestling promoter (b. 1914)
  • 1997
    Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (b. 1923)
  • 2000
    Kurt Schork, American reporter (b. 1947)
  • 2004
    Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (b. 1900)
  • 2010
    Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano (b. 1926)

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