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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

  • 1878
    The revolutionary Vera Zasulich shoots at Fyodor Trepov, the Governor of Saint Petersburg.
  • 1918
    The Gregorian calendar is introduced in Russia by decree of the Council of People’s Commissars effective February 14(NS)
  • 1966
    An Air India Boeing 707 jet crashes on Mont Blanc, on the border between France and Italy, killing 117.
  • 1978
    Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor onboard, burns up in Earth’s atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada’s Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered.
  • 2039
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Sheep in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on January 24?

  • 1638
    Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet (d. 1706)
  • 1670
    William Congreve, English playwright (d. 1729)
  • 1968
    Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast
  • 1970
    Matthew Lillard, American actor
  • 1984
    Scott Kazmir, American baseball player

Who died on January 24?

  • 1895
    Lord Randolph Churchill, British politician (b. 1849)
  • 1911
    David Graham Phillips, American journalist and novelist (b. 1867)
  • 1962
    André Lhote, French painter (b. 1885)
  • 1978
    Herta Oberheuser, German doctor (b. 1911)
  • 2005
    Vladimir Savchenko, Ukrainian writer (b. 1933)

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