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

January 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 24 is the 24th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 341 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

When this day started, 1,485,216,000 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 ‘icositetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 4 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 1,495 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 24 Historical Events

  • 1857
    The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first fully-fledged university in south Asia.
  • 1960
    Algerian War: Some units of European volunteers in Algiers stage an insurrection known as the “barricades week”, during which they seize government buildings and clash with local police.
  • 1961
    1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash: A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost.
  • 1996
    Polish Premier Józef Oleksy resigns amid charges that he spied for Moscow.
  • 2001
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Snake in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on January 24?

  • 1886
    Henry King, American film director (d. 1982)
  • 1942
    Gary Hart, American professional wrestling figure (d. 2008)
  • 1956
    Lounès Matoub, Algerian Berber Kabyle singer (d. 1998)
  • 1967
    John Myung, American musician (Dream Theater)
  • 1990
    Mao Abe, Japanese singer-songwriter

Who died on January 24?

  • 1877
    Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (b. 1796)
  • 1924
    Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1894)
  • 1989
    George Knudson, Canadian golfer (b. 1937)
  • 1991
    John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (b. 1931)
  • 2010
    Pernell Roberts, American actor & singer, last surviving star of Bonanza (b. 1928)

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