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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, 1,469,318,400 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 ‘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

  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Kernstown – Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early defeats Union troops led by General George Crook in an effort to keep them out of the Shenandoah Valley.
  • 1929
    The Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect (it is first signed in Paris on August 27, 1928 by most leading world powers).
  • 1980
    The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men’s 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level.
  • 1982
    Heavy rain causes a mudslide that destroys a bridge at Nagasaki, Japan, killing 299.
  • 2009
    The MV Arctic Sea, reportedly carrying a cargo of timber, is allegedly hijacked in the North Sea by pirates, but much speculation remains as to the actual cargo and events.

Who were born on July 24?

  • 1851
    Friedrich Schottky, German mathematician (d. 1935)
  • 1937
    Manoj Kumar, Indian actor
  • 1940
    Dan Hedaya, American actor
  • 1961
    Kerry Dixon, English footballer
  • 1980
    Gauge, American pornographic actress

Who died on July 24?

  • 1910
    Arkhip Kuindzhi, Russian painter (b. 1841)
  • 1962
    Wilfrid Noyce, English mountaineer (b. 1917)
  • 1973
    Konstantinos Dovas, Greek general and Prime Minister (b. 1898)
  • 1993
    Rene Requiestas, Filipino comedian (b. 1957)
  • 2008
    Norman Dello Joio, American composer (b. 1913)

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