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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 237th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 11, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,471,996,800 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 ‘dihectatriacontaheptagon’ 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 157 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 1,342 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 24 Historical Events

  • 1816
    The Treaty of St. Louis is signed in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1821
    The Treaty of Córdoba is signed in Córdoba, now in Veracruz, Mexico, concluding the Mexican War of Independence from Spain.
  • 1929
    Second day of two-day Hebron massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attacks on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine, result in the death of 65-68 Jews and the remaining Jews being forced to leave the city.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of the Eastern Solomons. Japanese aircraft carrier Ryūjō is sunk and US carrier USS Enterprise heavily damaged.
  • 1950
    Edith Sampson becomes the first black U.S. delegate to the United Nations.

Who were born on August 24?

  • 1113
    Geoffrey of Anjou, Count of Anjou (d. 1151)
  • 1591
    Robert Herrick, English poet (d. 1674)
  • 1890
    Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian swimmer and surfer (d. 1968)
  • 1977
    Jürgen Macho, Austrian footballer
  • 1990
    Juan Pedro Lanzani, Argentine actor and singer

Who died on August 24?

  • 1595
    Thomas Digges, English astronomer (b. 1546)
  • 1679
    Jean François Paul de Gondi, French cardinal and agitator (b. 1614)
  • 1930
    Tom Norman, English freak showman (b. 1860)
  • 1967
    Henry J. Kaiser, American industrialist (b. 1882)
  • 1995
    Alfred Eisenstaedt, German-born photographer (b. 1898)

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