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

August 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 24 is the 236th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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

When this day started, 417,648 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 ‘dihectatriacontahexagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 179 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 1,707 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 24 Historical Events

  • 1391
    Jews are massacred in Palma de Mallorca.
  • 1950
    Edith Sampson becomes the first black U.S. delegate to the United Nations.
  • 1954
    Getúlio Dornelles Vargas, president of Brazil, commits suicide and is succeeded by João Café Filho.
  • 1954
    The Communist Control Act goes into effect. The American Communist Party is outlawed.
  • 1994
    Initial accord between Israel and the PLO about partial self-rule of the Palestinians on the West Bank.

Who were born on August 24?

  • 1669
    Alessandro Marcello, Italian composer (d. 1747)
  • 1938
    David Freiberg, American bassist (Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Starship)
  • 1947
    Joe Manchin, American politician, governor and junior senator of West Virginia
  • 1983
    Brett Gardner, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Marcel Goc, German ice hockey player

Who died on August 24?

  • 1946
    James Clark McReynolds, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1862)
  • 1954
    Getúlio Vargas, President of Brazil (b. 1882)
  • 1956
    Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (b. 1898)
  • 1978
    Louis Prima, American band leader (b. 1910)
  • 1985
    Paul Creston, American composer (b. 1906)

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