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, 1,603,497,600 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 ‘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
The spectacular Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Treaty of Brétigny is ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War.
The Peace of Westphalia is signed, marking the end of the Thirty Years’ War.
Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
Orville Wright remains in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a Wright Glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo concludes with the Serbian victory.
“Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.
World War II: The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi are sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC.
Who were born on October 24?
Ferdinand Hiller, German composer (d. 1885)
Melvin Purvis, American FBI agent (d. 1960)
Alexander Gelfond, Russian mathematician (d. 1968)
Glen Glenn, American rockabilly singer
Bill Dundee, American professional wrestler
Madlib, American musician and rapper
Ben Gillies, Australian musician (Silverchair)
Jemima Rooper, British actress
Jonas Gustavsson, Swedish hockey player
Anthony Vanden Borre, Belgian footballer
Who died on October 24?
Saif ad-Din Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt
Jane Seymour, consort of Henry VIII of England (b. 1508)
Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer (b. 1660)
Daniel Webster, American lawyer and politician (b. 1782)
Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, French Canadian poet (b. 1912)
George Edward Moore, British philosopher (b. 1873)
Jackie Robinson, American baseball player (b. 1919)
Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian (b. 1888)
Maurice Roy, Archbishop of Quebec, (b. 1905)
James Aloysius Hickey, American Catholic cardinal and archbishop (b. 1920)
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