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

June 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

June 24 is the 175th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 190 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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

When this day started, 24,971,040 minutes 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 ‘hectaheptacontapentagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 240 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 1,646 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 24 Historical Events

  • 1779
    American Revolutionary War: The Great Siege of Gibraltar begins.
  • 1859
    Battle of Solferino (Battle of the Three Sovereigns): Sardinia and France defeat Austria in Solferino, northern Italy.
  • 1880
    First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
  • 1948
    Start of the Berlin Blockade: the Soviet Union makes overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impossible.
  • 2010
    John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history.

Who were born on June 24?

  • 1813
    Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman and reformer (d. 1887)
  • 1911
    Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine Formula One driver (d. 1995)
  • 1967
    John Limniatis, Greek-Canadian footballer
  • 1975
    Carla Gallo, American actress
  • 1978
    Shunsuke Nakamura, Japanese footballer

Who died on June 24?

  • 1931
    Otto Mears, Russian-born American railroad executive (b. 1840)
  • 1968
    Tony Hancock, British comedian (b. 1924)
  • 1984
    Clarence Campbell, Canadian president of the National Hockey League (b. 1905)
  • 1991
    Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter (b. 1899)
  • 2000
    Rodrigo Bueno, Argentine singer {b. 1973}

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