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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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

May 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 24 is the 144th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 221 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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

When this day started, 1,495,584,000 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 ‘hectatetracontatetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 271 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 1,615 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 24 Historical Events

  • 1626
    Peter Minuit buys Manhattan.
  • 1900
    Second Boer War: The United Kingdom annexes the Orange Free State.
  • 1901
    Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
  • 1915
    World War I: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 1921
    The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti opens.

Who were born on May 24?

  • 1686
    Gabriel Fahrenheit, German inventor and thermometer maker (d. 1736)
  • 1914
    Giuseppe Valdengo, Italian baritone (d. 2007)
  • 1914
    Lilli Palmer, German-born actress (d. 1986)
  • 1949
    Tomaž Pisanski, Slovenian mathematician
  • 1972
    Greg Berlanti, American television writer and producer

Who died on May 24?

  • 1915
    Private John Condon, English World War I soldier (b. 1896)
  • 1972
    Ismail Yasin, Egyptian comedian and actor (b. 1915)
  • 1992
    Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (b. 1956)
  • 2006
    Michał Życzkowski, Polish technician (b. 1930)
  • 2007
    Bill Johnston, Australian cricketer (b. 1922)

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