What happened this day in history January 24

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

January 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 24 is the 24th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 342 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 11, 2024 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,706,054,400 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 ‘icositetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 17 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 4,051 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 24 Historical Events

  • 1859
    Political union of Moldavia and Wallachia; Alexandru Ioan Cuza is elected as ruler.
  • 1878
    The revolutionary Vera Zasulich shoots at Fyodor Trepov, the Governor of Saint Petersburg.
  • 1939
    The deadliest earthquake in Chilean history strikes Chillán.
  • 1961
    1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash: A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost.
  • 1978
    Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor onboard, burns up in Earth’s atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada’s Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered.
  • 1986
    Voyager 2 passes within 81500 km of Uranus.
  • 1990
    Japan launches Hiten, the country’s first lunar probe, the first robotic lunar probe since the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 in 1976, and the first lunar probe launched by a country other than Soviet Union or the United States.
  • 2003
    The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.
  • 2009
    The storm Klaus makes landfall near Bordeaux, France. It subsequently would cause 26 deaths as well as extensive disruptions to public transport and power supplies.
  • 2039
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Sheep in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on January 24?

  • 1742
    Anne, Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn (d. 1808)
  • 1754
    Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (d. 1820)
  • 1864
    Marguerite Durand, French suffragette (d. 1936)
  • 1913
    Norman Dello Joio, American composer (d. 2008)
  • 1971
    Andrea Mackris, American television producer
  • 1974
    Adam Dean, American philosopher
  • 1980
    Nicole Marie Lenz, American actress
  • 1984
    Witold Kiełtyka, Polish drummer (Decapitated) (d. 2007)
  • 1995
    Callan McAuliffe, Australian actor
  • 1997
    Dylan Riley Snyder, American film, television and theatre actor

Who died on January 24?

  • 1666
    Johann Andreas Herbst, German composer (b. 1588)
  • 1769
    François de Chevert, French general (b. 1695)
  • 1962
    Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (b. 1877)
  • 1970
    Caresse Crosby, American poet (b. 1891)
  • 1983
    George Cukor, American film director (b. 1899)
  • 2003
    Gianni Agnelli, Italian auto executive (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    Chris Penn, American actor (b. 1965)
  • 2007
    Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World’s oldest military veteran (b. 1891)
  • 2008
    Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago’s CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • 2009
    Reg Gutteridge, British boxing journalist (b. 1924)

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