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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 237th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 11, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,471,996,800 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 ‘dihectatriacontaheptagon’ 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 157 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 1,342 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 24 Historical Events

  • 1820
    Constitutionalist insurrection at Oporto, Portugal.
  • 1898
    Count Muravyov, Foreign Minister of Russia presents a rescript that convoked the First Hague Peace Conference.
  • 1932
    Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).
  • 1967
    Led by Abbie Hoffman, the Youth International Party temporarily disrupts trading at the NYSE by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing trading to cease as brokers scramble to grab them.
  • 2001
    Air Transat Flight 236 runs out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean (en route to Lisbon from Toronto) and makes an emergency landing in the Azores.

Who were born on August 24?

  • 1852
    Deacon White, American baseball player (d. 1919)
  • 1880
    Joshua Lionel Cowen, American entrepreneur, creator of Lionel Trains (d. 1965)
  • 1929
    Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 2004)
  • 1975
    Mark de Vries, Surinamese-Dutch footballer
  • 1988
    Rupert Grint, English actor

Who died on August 24?

  • 1572
    Victims of the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre: Pierre de la Ramée, French humanist (b. 1515)
  • 1779
    Saint Cosmas of Aetolia, Greek Orthodox martyr (b. 1714)
  • 1980
    Yootha Joyce, British actress (b. 1927)
  • 1983
    Scott Nearing, American writer, educator and activist (b. 1883)
  • 2007
    Aaron Russo, American film producer and director (b. 1943)

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