What are the important events that happened on October 24? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
October 24: Facts & Myths About This Day
October 24 is the 298th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 68 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 11, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,724,960 minutes 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 ‘dihectaenneacontaoctagon’ day.
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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 111 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 2,864 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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October 24 Historical Events
After a siege of 4 months crusader knights led by Afonso Henriques reconquered Lisbon.
Saif ad-Din Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt, is assassinated by Baibars, who seizes power for himself.
John White, The governor of the second Roanoke Colony, returns to England after an unsuccessful search for the “lost” colonists.
Battle of Caporetto; Italy suffers a catastrophic defeat by the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany on the Austro-Italian front of World War I (lasts until 19 November - also called Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo).
The George Washington Bridge opens to public traffic.
World War II: The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi are sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
Walt Disney testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.
Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti reveals to the Italian parliament the existence of Gladio, the Italian “stay-behind” clandestine paramilitary NATO army, which was implicated in false flag terrorist attacks implicating communists and anarchists as part of the strategy of tension from the late 1960s to early 1980s.
Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
“Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
Who were born on October 24?
Bill Carr, American athlete (d. 1966)
Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician (d. 1996)
Bob Azzam, Egyptian singer (d. 2004)
J.P. Richardson, The Big Bopper, American singer (d. 1959)
Norman Rush, American writer
Malcolm Bilson, American pianist and music professor
Steven Greenberg, American composer (Lipps Inc.)
Madlib, American musician and rapper
Joakim Nätterqvist, Swedish actor
Krystal Jung, American-born Korean singer
Who died on October 24?
King Hugh Capet of France (b. 938)
William Prynne, English Puritan leader (b. 1600)
Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Austrian composer (b. 1739)
Franz Lehár, Austrian composer (b. 1870)
Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)
Claire Windsor, American actress (b. 1897)
Raúl Juliá, Puerto Rican actor (b. 1940)
Wolf Rüdiger Hess, German neo-Nazi (b. 1937)
Harry Hay, American activist (b. 1912)
Mokarrameh Ghanbari, Iranian painter (b. 1928)
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