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

  • 1800
    The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 USD to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress”.
  • 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.
  • 1915
    The arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul marks the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.
  • 1926
    The Treaty of Berlin is signed. Germany and the Soviet Union each pledge neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party for the next five years.
  • 1955
    The Bandung Conference ends: 29 non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finish a meeting that condemns colonialism, racism, and the Cold War.
  • 1957
    Suez Crisis: The Suez Canal is reopened following the introduction of UNEF peacekeepers to the region.
  • 1967
    Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had “gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily.”
  • 1970
    The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched.
  • 2006
    King Gyanendra of Nepal gives into the demands of protesters and restores the parliament that he dissolved in 2002.

Who were born on April 24?

  • 1907
    William Sargant, British psychiatrist (d. 1988)
  • 1936
    Jill Ireland, British actress (d. 1990)
  • 1954
    Jack Blades, American musician, bassist for Night Ranger, Rubicon (1970s band) and others
  • 1954
    Mumia Abu-Jamal, American Civil Rights activist, journalist of The Black Panthers
  • 1966
    Alessandro Costacurta, Italian footballer
  • 1968
    Todd Jones, American baseball player
  • 1986
    Aaron Cunningham, American baseball player
  • 1987
    Jan Vertonghen, Belgian footballer
  • 1987
    Kristopher Letang, Canadian hockey player
  • 1989
    David Boudia, American diver

Who died on April 24?

  • 1185
    Emperor Antoku of Japan (b. 1178)
  • 1731
    Daniel Defoe, English writer (b. 1660)
  • 1924
    G. Stanley Hall, American psychologist (b. 1844)
  • 1944
    William Stephens, American politician (b. 1859)
  • 1967
    Vladimir Komarov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1927)
  • 1975
    Pete Ham, Welsh musician (Badfinger) (b. 1947)
  • 2001
    Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Ezer Weizman, Israeli politician (b. 1924)
  • 2005
    Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2006
    Brian Labone, English footballer (b. 1940)

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