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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, 416,184 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 ‘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

  • 1622
    Battle of Macau: The Dutch attempt but fail to capture Macau.
  • 1812
    Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon’s Grande Armée crosses the Neman River beginning the invasion of Russia.
  • 1916
    World War I: the Battle of the Somme begins with a week-long artillery bombardment on the German Line.
  • 1975
    An Eastern Air Lines Boeing 727 crashes at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York. 113 people die.
  • 1985
    STS-51-G Space Shuttle Discovery completes its mission, best remembered for having Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a Payload Specialist.

Who were born on June 24?

  • 1533
    Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (d. 1588)
  • 1955
    Edmund Malura, German footballer
  • 1966
    Adrienne Shelly, American actress, director and screenwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1982
    Jarret Stoll, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986
    Solange Knowles, American singer

Who died on June 24?

  • 1643
    John Hampden, English politician (b. 1595)
  • 1778
    Pieter Burmann the Younger, Dutch philologist (b. 1714)
  • 1997
    Brian Keith, American actor (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Derek Dougan, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1938)
  • 2008
    Gerhard Ringel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1919)

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