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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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

May 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 24 is the 144th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 221 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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

When this day started, 1,495,584,000 seconds 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 ‘hectatetracontatetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 271 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 1,615 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 24 Historical Events

  • 1961
    Cyprus joins the Council of Europe.
  • 1980
    The International Court of Justice calls for the release of United States embassy hostages in Tehran, Iran. The hostages would not be freed until the following January.
  • 1982
    Liberation of Khorramshahr: Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran–Iraq War.
  • 1988
    Section 28 of the United Kingdom’s Local Government Act 1988, a controversial amendment stating that a local authority cannot intentionally promote homosexuality, is enacted.
  • 1988
    The fourth game of the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals between the Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins had to end in a tie because of a power failure. The Oilers went on to win the Stanley Cup with a 6-3 victory in game 5.

Who were born on May 24?

  • 1810
    Abraham Geiger, German rabbi and scholar (d. 1874)
  • 1911
    Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking (d. 2007)
  • 1941
    George Lakoff, American linguist and political activist
  • 1965
    Shinichiro Watanabe, Japanese anime director
  • 1984
    Ryan Wieber, American visual effects compositor and amateur filmmaker

Who died on May 24?

  • 1456
    Ambroise de Loré, French military commander (b. 1396)
  • 1612
    Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, English statesman (b. 1563)
  • 2004
    Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)
  • 2008
    Dick Martin, American comedian (b. 1922)
  • 2010
    Ray Alan, English ventriloquist & television entertainer (b. 1930)

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