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

May 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 24 is the 145th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 221 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

When this day started, 1,464,048,000 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 ‘hectatetracontapentagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 249 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 1,250 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 24 Historical Events

  • 1689
    The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Union troops occupy Alexandria, Virginia.
  • 1915
    World War I: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 1980
    The International Court of Justice calls for the release of United States embassy hostages in Tehran, Iran. The hostages would not be freed until the following January.
  • 1989
    Sonia Sutcliffe, wife of the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, is awarded £600,000 in damages (later reduced to £60,000 on appeal) after winning a libel action against Private Eye.

Who were born on May 24?

  • 1891
    William F. Albright, American archeologist and Biblical scholar (d. 1971)
  • 1956
    Michael Jackson, Northern Irish clergyman
  • 1963
    Ivan Capelli, Italian racing driver
  • 1963
    Rich Rodriguez, American football coach
  • 1973
    Bartolo Colón, Dominican baseball player

Who died on May 24?

  • 1881
    Samuel Palmer, English artist (b. 1805)
  • 1947
    Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, Swiss writer (b. 1878)
  • 1948
    Jacques Feyder, Belgian director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • 1949
    Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (b. 1873)
  • 2000
    Majrooh Sultanpuri, Indian poet and lyricist (b. 1919)

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