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

July 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 24 is the 206th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 160 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

When this day started, 24,488,640 minutes 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 ‘dihectahexagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 188 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 1,311 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 24 Historical Events

  • 1567
    Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI.
  • 1915
    The passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.
  • 1935
    The dust bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (44°C) in Chicago and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • 1974
    Watergate scandal: the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they order him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
  • 1980
    The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men’s 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level.

Who were born on July 24?

  • 1886
    Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Japanese novelist (d. 1965)
  • 1934
    Sante Kimes, American convicted con artist and murderer
  • 1947
    Zaheer Abbas, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1966
    Martin Keown, English footballer
  • 1979
    José Valverde, American baseball player

Who died on July 24?

  • 1568
    Prince Don Carlos of Spain (b. 1545)
  • 1985
    Father Ezechiele Ramin MCCJ, Italian Comboni missionary priest and martyr (b. 1953)
  • 2000
    Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (b. 1925)
  • 2005
    Richard Doll, English epidemiologist (b. 1912)
  • 2007
    Albert Ellis, American psychologist (b. 1913)

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