What happened this day in history April 24

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

April 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 24 is the 114th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 251 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 11, 2021 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 449,784 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 ‘hectadecatetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 283 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 3,046 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 24 Historical Events

  • 1877
    Russo-Turkish War: Russian Empire declares war on Ottoman Empire.
  • 1907
    Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.
  • 1916
    Easter Rising: The Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalists Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, and Joseph Plunkett starts a rebellion in Ireland.
  • 1916
    Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for the ice-trapped ship ship .
  • 1922
    The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation.
  • 1990
    STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.
  • 1993
    An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of London.
  • 2005
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
  • 2005
    Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, is born in South Korea.
  • 2007
    Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime.

Who were born on April 24?

  • 1581
    Vincent de Paul, French saint (d. 1660)
  • 1878
    Jean Crotti, Swiss artist (d. 1958)
  • 1889
    Lyubov Popova, Russian painter (d. 1924)
  • 1923
    Doris Burn, American children’s books author and illustrator (d. 2011)
  • 1934
    Shirley MacLaine, American actor and author
  • 1945
    Dick Rivers, French singer and actor
  • 1959
    Paula Yates, British television presenter (d. 2000)
  • 1964
    Cedric the Entertainer, American comedian and actor
  • 1966
    Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer
  • 1971
    Alejandro Fernández, Mexican singer

Who died on April 24?

  • 1185
    Emperor Antoku of Japan (b. 1178)
  • 1891
    Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian field marshal (b. 1800)
  • 1938
    George Grey Barnard, American sculptor (b. 1863)
  • 1939
    Louis Trousselier, French cyclist (b. 1881)
  • 1942
    Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (b. 1874)
  • 1966
    Simon Chikovani, Georgian poet (b. 1902)
  • 1970
    Otis Spann, American blues pianist (b. 1930)
  • 1980
    Alejo Carpentier, Cuban writer (b. 1904)
  • 2002
    Lucien Wercollier, Luxembourgian sculptor (b. 1908)
  • 2007
    Roy Jenson, American actor (b. 1927)

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