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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

  • 109
    Roman emperor Trajan inaugurates the Aqua Traiana, an aqueduct that channels water from Lake Bracciano, 40 km north-west of Rome.
  • 1128
    Battle of São Mamede, near Guimarães: forces led by Alfonso I defeat forces led by his mother Teresa of León and her lover Fernando Pérez de Traba. After this battle, the future king calls himself “Prince of Portugal”, the first step towards “official independence” that will be reached in 1139 after the Battle of Ourique.
  • 1604
    Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
  • 1947
    Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
  • 2004
    In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.

Who were born on June 24?

  • 1886
    George Shiels, Northern Irish dramatist (d. 1949)
  • 1970
    Glenn Medeiros, American singer and songwriter
  • 1975
    Federico Pucciariello, Argentine-born Italian rugby player
  • 1978
    Emppu Vuorinen, Finnish guitarist (Nightwish)
  • 1978
    Luis García, Spanish footballer

Who died on June 24?

  • 1909
    Sarah Orne Jewett, American writer (b. 1849)
  • 1978
    Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)
  • 2000
    David Tomlinson, English actor (b. 1917)
  • 2006
    Patsy Ramsey, mother of JonBenét Ramsey (b. 1956)
  • 2007
    Byron Baer, American politician (b. 1929)

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