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

July 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 24 is the 206th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 160 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

When this day started, 408,144 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 ‘dihectahexagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 188 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 1,311 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 24 Historical Events

  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Kernstown – Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early defeats Union troops led by General George Crook in an effort to keep them out of the Shenandoah Valley.
  • 1927
    The Menin Gate war memorial is unveiled at Ypres.
  • 1935
    The dust bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (44°C) in Chicago and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • 1974
    Watergate scandal: the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they order him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
  • 1990
    Iraqi forces start massing on the Kuwait-Iraq border.

Who were born on July 24?

  • 1913
    Britton Chance, American molecular biologist and yachtsman (d. 2010)
  • 1916
    John D. MacDonald, American novelist, (d. 1986)
  • 1958
    Mick Karn, English musician (d. 2011)
  • 1975
    Dafydd James, Welsh rugby player
  • 1982
    Anna Paquin, Canadian-born New Zealand actress

Who died on July 24?

  • 1568
    Prince Don Carlos of Spain (b. 1545)
  • 1768
    Nathanial Lardner, English theologian (b. 1684)
  • 1973
    Konstantinos Dovas, Greek general and Prime Minister (b. 1898)
  • 1995
    Marjorie Cameron, American writer, painter, actress, and occultist (b. 1922)
  • 1997
    William J. Brennan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1906)

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