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

October 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 24 is the 298th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 68 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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

When this day started, 24,621,120 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 ‘dihectaenneacontaoctagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 96 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 1,403 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 24 Historical Events

  • 1260
    Saif ad-Din Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt, is assassinated by Baibars, who seizes power for himself.
  • 1917
    Battle of Caporetto; Italy suffers a catastrophic defeat by the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany on the Austro-Italian front of World War I (lasts until 19 November - also called Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo).
  • 1926
    Harry Houdini’s last performance, which is at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1930
    A bloodless coup d'état in Brazil ousts Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, the last President of the First Republic. Getúlio Dornelles Vargas is then installed as “provisional president.”
  • 2005
    Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in Florida resulting in 35 direct 26 indirect fatalities and causing $20.6B USD in damage.

Who were born on October 24?

  • 1921
    R. K. Laxman, Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist
  • 1930
    J.P. Richardson, The Big Bopper, American singer (d. 1959)
  • 1932
    Robert Mundell, Canadian economist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1972
    Pat Williams, American football player
  • 1984
    Felicia Chin, Singaporean actress

Who died on October 24?

  • 1958
    George Edward Moore, British philosopher (b. 1873)
  • 1966
    Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)
  • 1985
    Maurice Roy, Archbishop of Quebec, (b. 1905)
  • 1994
    Raúl Juliá, Puerto Rican actor (b. 1940)
  • 2007
    Petr Eben, Czech organ composer (b. 1929)

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