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
The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.
The first official English representative to India lands in Surat.
William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.
The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in United States history.
Resignation of the United Kingdom’s Second Labour Government. Formation of the UK National Government.
Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).
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.
Don Schollander swims the 200-metre freestyle in less than 2 minutes for the first time, in a world record time of 1:58.
Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
Who were born on August 24?
King William I of the Netherlands (d. 1840)
James Weddell, English explorer of Antarctica (d. 1834)
Tom Kendall, Australian cricketer (d. 1924)
Earl Derr Biggers, American author (d. 1933)
Carlo Gambino, Sicilian-born American mafioso (d. 1976)
Per Gade, Danish footballer
Chad Michael Murray, American actor
Jiro Wang, Taiwanese singer, actor, model
Rupert Grint, English actor
Juan Pedro Lanzani, Argentine actor and singer
Who died on August 24?
Eustace the Monk, French mercenary and pirate (b. c.1170)
Thomas Digges, English astronomer (b. 1546)
Nicholas Stone, English sculptor and architect (b. 1586)
Rudolf Clausius, German physicist (b. 1822)
Albert F. Mummery, British mountaineer (b. 1855)
Tom Norman, English freak showman (b. 1860)
Simone Weil, French philosopher and social activist (b. 1909)
E.G. Marshall, American actor (b. 1910)
Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist (b. 1929)
Kaleth Morales, Colombian Vallenato singer (b. 1984)
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