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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

  • 1814
    War of 1812: General Phineas Riall advances toward the Niagara River to halt Jacob Brown’s American invaders.
  • 1911
    Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, “the Lost City of the Incas”.
  • 1915
    The passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.
  • 1959
    At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev have a “Kitchen Debate”.
  • 1974
    Constantine Karamanlis arrives in Greece following the collapse of the Greek military junta, beginning Greece’s metapolitefsi era.

Who were born on July 24?

  • 1897
    Amelia Earhart, American aviator (d. 1937)
  • 1930
    Alfred Balk, American magazine editor and journalist (d. 2010)
  • 1942
    Heinz Burt, bassist and singer (d. 2000)
  • 1965
    Kadeem Hardison, American actor
  • 1976
    Nate Bump, American baseball player

Who died on July 24?

  • 1927
    Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Japanese writer (b. 1892)
  • 1965
    Constance Bennett, American actress (b. 1904)
  • 1992
    Arletty, French singer and actress (b. 1898)
  • 1995
    Marjorie Cameron, American writer, painter, actress, and occultist (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Richard Doll, English epidemiologist (b. 1912)

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