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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 236th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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

When this day started, 417,648 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 ‘dihectatriacontahexagon’ 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 179 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 1,707 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 24 Historical Events

  • 49 BC
    Julius Caesar’s general Gaius Scribonius Curio is defeated in the Second Battle of the Bagradas River by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio commits suicide to avoid capture.
  • 1815
    The modern Constitution of the Netherlands is signed.
  • 1831
    Charles Darwin is asked to travel on HMS Beagle.
  • 1891
    Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.
  • 1954
    The Communist Control Act goes into effect. The American Communist Party is outlawed.

Who were born on August 24?

  • 1198
    King Alexander II of Scotland (d. 1249)
  • 1911
    Michel Pablo, Greek Trotskyist leader (d. 1996)
  • 1913
    Charles Houston, American mountaineer (d. 2009)
  • 1964
    Dana Gould, American comedian and writer
  • 1973
    Dave Chappelle, American actor and Comedian

Who died on August 24?

  • 1683
    John Owen, English non-conformist theologian (b. 1616)
  • 1759
    Ewald Christian von Kleist, German poet (b. 1715)
  • 1940
    Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, German television pioneer (b. 1860)
  • 1980
    Yootha Joyce, British actress (b. 1927)
  • 2001
    Jane Greer, American actress (b. 1924)

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