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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 144th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 221 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 11, 2017 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 415,440 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 ‘hectatetracontatetragon’ 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 271 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 1,615 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 24 Historical Events

  • 1915
    World War I: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 1935
    The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field.
  • 1941
    World War II: In the Battle of the Atlantic, the German Battleship Bismarck sinks the then pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, killing all but three crewmen.
  • 1988
    The fourth game of the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals between the Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins had to end in a tie because of a power failure. The Oilers went on to win the Stanley Cup with a 6-3 victory in game 5.
  • 2001
    Mountain climbing: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest.

Who were born on May 24?

  • 1879
    H. B. Reese, American inventor of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and founder of H. B. Reese Candy Co. (d. 1956)
  • 1891
    William F. Albright, American archeologist and Biblical scholar (d. 1971)
  • 1901
    José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (d. 1968)
  • 1953
    Klaus-Günter Stade, German footballer
  • 1964
    Adrian Moorhouse, British swimmer

Who died on May 24?

  • 1872
    Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, German painter (b. 1794)
  • 1915
    Private John Condon, English World War I soldier (b. 1896)
  • 1996
    Joseph Mitchell, American journalist (b. 1908)
  • 2010
    Morrie Martin, Former Major League Baseball (b. 1922)
  • 2010
    Tapen Chatterjee, Bengali actor from India (b. 1937)

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