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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 236th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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

When this day started, 417,648 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 ‘dihectatriacontahexagon’ 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 179 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 1,707 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 24 Historical Events

  • 1812
    Peninsula War: A coalition of Spanish, British, and Portuguese forces succeed in lifting the two-and-a-half-year-long Siege of Cádiz.
  • 1914
    World War I: German troops capture Namur.
  • 1932
    Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).
  • 1944
    World War II: Allied troops begin the attack on Paris.
  • 1991
    Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Who were born on August 24?

  • 1824
    Antonio Stoppani, Italian geologist and scholar (d. 1891)
  • 1899
    Albert Claude, Belgian biologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1983)
  • 1937
    Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, Nigerian politician (d. 1998)
  • 1970
    David Gregory, American television journalist
  • 1983
    Brett Gardner, American baseball player

Who died on August 24?

  • 1958
    Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist (b. 1876)
  • 1977
    Buddy O'Connor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • 1978
    Louis Prima, American band leader (b. 1910)
  • 1991
    Bernard Castro, Italian inventor (b. 1904)
  • 2006
    Léopold Simoneau, French Canadian tenor (b. 1916)

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