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

August 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 24 is the 237th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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

When this day started, 1,471,996,800 seconds 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 ‘dihectatriacontaheptagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 157 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 1,342 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 24 Historical Events

  • 1662
    The Act of Uniformity requires England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.
  • 1812
    Peninsula War: A coalition of Spanish, British, and Portuguese forces succeed in lifting the two-and-a-half-year-long Siege of Cádiz.
  • 1891
    Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.
  • 1936
    The Australian Antarctic Territory is created.
  • 1994
    Initial accord between Israel and the PLO about partial self-rule of the Palestinians on the West Bank.

Who were born on August 24?

  • 1945
    Ken Hensley, English musician (Uriah Heep)
  • 1968
    James Toney, Professional boxer
  • 1968
    Shoichi Funaki, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1979
    Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer
  • 1988
    Dávid Verrasztó, Hungarian swimmer

Who died on August 24?

  • 1831
    August von Gneisenau, Prussian field marshal (b. 1760)
  • 1930
    Tom Norman, English freak showman (b. 1860)
  • 1982
    Félix-Antoine Savard, French Canadian catholic priest and novelist (b. 1896)
  • 1985
    Paul Creston, American composer (b. 1906)
  • 2004
    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)

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