What happened this day in history August 24

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 237th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 11, 2020 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,598,227,200 seconds 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 ‘dihectatriacontaheptagon’ 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 172 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 2,803 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 24 Historical Events

  • 1456
    The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.
  • 1608
    The first official English representative to India lands in Surat.
  • 1682
    William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.
  • 1857
    The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in United States history.
  • 1931
    Resignation of the United Kingdom’s Second Labour Government. Formation of the UK National Government.
  • 1932
    Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).
  • 1963
    Buddhist crisis: As a result of the Xa Loi Pagoda raids, the US State Department cables the US Embassy in Saigon to encourage Army of the Republic of Vietnam generals to launch a coup against President Ngo Dinh Diem if he did not remove his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu.
  • 1963
    Don Schollander swims the 200-metre freestyle in less than 2 minutes for the first time, in a world record time of 1:58.
  • 1991
    Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • 1998
    First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.

Who were born on August 24?

  • 1772
    King William I of the Netherlands (d. 1840)
  • 1787
    James Weddell, English explorer of Antarctica (d. 1834)
  • 1851
    Tom Kendall, Australian cricketer (d. 1924)
  • 1884
    Earl Derr Biggers, American author (d. 1933)
  • 1902
    Carlo Gambino, Sicilian-born American mafioso (d. 1976)
  • 1977
    Per Gade, Danish footballer
  • 1981
    Chad Michael Murray, American actor
  • 1981
    Jiro Wang, Taiwanese singer, actor, model
  • 1988
    Rupert Grint, English actor
  • 1990
    Juan Pedro Lanzani, Argentine actor and singer

Who died on August 24?

  • 1217
    Eustace the Monk, French mercenary and pirate (b. c.1170)
  • 1595
    Thomas Digges, English astronomer (b. 1546)
  • 1647
    Nicholas Stone, English sculptor and architect (b. 1586)
  • 1888
    Rudolf Clausius, German physicist (b. 1822)
  • 1895
    Albert F. Mummery, British mountaineer (b. 1855)
  • 1930
    Tom Norman, English freak showman (b. 1860)
  • 1943
    Simone Weil, French philosopher and social activist (b. 1909)
  • 1998
    E.G. Marshall, American actor (b. 1910)
  • 1999
    Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist (b. 1929)
  • 2005
    Kaleth Morales, Colombian Vallenato singer (b. 1984)

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