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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 January 24? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 24 is the 24th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 341 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

When this day started, 1,485,216,000 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 ‘icositetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 4 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 1,495 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 24 Historical Events

  • 1817
    Crossing of the Andes: Many soldiers of Juan Gregorio de las Heras were captured during the Action of Picheuta.
  • 1857
    The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first fully-fledged university in south Asia.
  • 1936
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Rat in Chinese astrology.
  • 1990
    Japan launches Hiten, the country’s first lunar probe, the first robotic lunar probe since the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 in 1976, and the first lunar probe launched by a country other than Soviet Union or the United States.
  • 2009
    The storm Klaus makes landfall near Bordeaux, France. It subsequently would cause 26 deaths as well as extensive disruptions to public transport and power supplies.

Who were born on January 24?

  • 1864
    Marguerite Durand, French suffragette (d. 1936)
  • 1911
    Muir Mathieson, Scottish conductor and composer (d. 1975)
  • 1936
    William Bogert, American actor
  • 1943
    Peter Struck, German politician
  • 1984
    Witold Kiełtyka, Polish drummer (Decapitated) (d. 2007)

Who died on January 24?

  • 772
    Pope Stephen III (b. 720)
  • 1943
    John Burns, English politician (b. 1858)
  • 1993
    Uğur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and writer (b. 1942)
  • 2007
    Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World’s oldest military veteran (b. 1891)
  • 2011
    Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director (b. 1949)

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