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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

  • 1916
    World War I: the Battle of the Somme begins with a week-long artillery bombardment on the German Line.
  • 1938
    Pieces of a meteor, estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded, land near Chicora, Pennsylvania.
  • 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.
  • 2002
    The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.
  • 2004
    In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.

Who were born on June 24?

  • 1774
    Antonio González de Balcarce, Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (d. 1819)
  • 1888
    Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch architect (d. 1964)
  • 1933
    Sam Jones, American basketball player
  • 1961
    Bernie Nicholls, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Brock Olivo, American football player

Who died on June 24?

  • 1803
    Matthew Thornton, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1714)
  • 1931
    Otto Mears, Russian-born American railroad executive (b. 1840)
  • 1984
    Clarence Campbell, Canadian president of the National Hockey League (b. 1905)
  • 2000
    David Tomlinson, English actor (b. 1917)
  • 2005
    Paul Winchell, American voice actor and ventriloquist (b. 1922)

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