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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, 408,888 hours 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

  • 79
    Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash (note: this traditional date has been challenged, and many scholars believe that the event occurred on October 24).
  • 1690
    Job Charnock of the East India Company establishes a factory in Calcutta, an event formerly considered the founding of the city (in 2003 the Calcutta High Court ruled that the city has no birthday).
  • 1821
    The Treaty of Córdoba is signed in Córdoba, now in Veracruz, Mexico, concluding the Mexican War of Independence from Spain.
  • 1870
    The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.
  • 1981
    Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.

Who were born on August 24?

  • 1898
    Malcolm Cowley, American literary critic (d. 1989)
  • 1956
    John Culberson, American politician
  • 1976
    Alex O'Loughlin, Australian actor
  • 1977
    Per Gade, Danish footballer
  • 1978
    Derek Morris, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on August 24?

  • 1542
    Gasparo Contarini, Italian diplomat and cardinal (b. 1483)
  • 1946
    James Clark McReynolds, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1862)
  • 1961
    Günter Litfin, the first person to be shot at the Berlin Wall
  • 1979
    Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Cristian Nemescu, Romanian film director (b. 1979)

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