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What are the important events that happened on February 24? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 24 is the 55th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 310 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

When this day started, 413,304 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 ‘pentacontapentagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 360 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 1,526 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 24: This Day In History

By Roman custom, February 24 is the day added to a leap year in the Julian calendar. The Mensis Intercalaris began on this day or the following day in intercalary years in the pre-Julian calendar. This custom still has some effect around the world; for example, with respect to name days in Hungary.

February 24 Historical Events

  • 1826
    The signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo marks the end of the First Burmese War.
  • 1848
    King Louis-Philippe of France abdicates the throne.
  • 1981
    An earthquake registering 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Athens, killing 16 people and destroying buildings in several towns west of the city.
  • 2007
    Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
  • 2011
    Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

Who were born on February 24?

  • 1597
    Vincent Voiture, French poet (d. 1648)
  • 1942
    Paul Jones, English singer (Manfred Mann)
  • 1977
    Floyd Mayweather Jr, American boxer
  • 1981
    Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player
  • 1987
    Chieko Kawabe, Japanese singer, model and actress

Who died on February 24?

  • 1970
    Conrad Nagel, American actor (b. 1897)
  • 1975
    Nikolai Bulganin, Premier of the Soviet Union (b. 1895)
  • 1993
    Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (b. 1917)
  • 1998
    Henny Youngman, English-born comedian (b. 1906)
  • 2006
    Don Knotts, American actor (b. 1924)

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