What happened this day in history October 24

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

  • 1147
    After a siege of 4 months crusader knights led by Afonso Henriques reconquered Lisbon.
  • 1260
    Saif ad-Din Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt, is assassinated by Baibars, who seizes power for himself.
  • 1590
    John White, The governor of the second Roanoke Colony, returns to England after an unsuccessful search for the “lost” colonists.
  • 1917
    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).
  • 1931
    The George Washington Bridge opens to public traffic.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi are sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
  • 1947
    Walt Disney testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.
  • 1990
    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.
  • 1998
    Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
  • 2008
    “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?

  • 1909
    Bill Carr, American athlete (d. 1966)
  • 1920
    Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician (d. 1996)
  • 1925
    Bob Azzam, Egyptian singer (d. 2004)
  • 1930
    J.P. Richardson, The Big Bopper, American singer (d. 1959)
  • 1933
    Norman Rush, American writer
  • 1935
    Malcolm Bilson, American pianist and music professor
  • 1950
    Steven Greenberg, American composer (Lipps Inc.)
  • 1973
    Madlib, American musician and rapper
  • 1976
    Joakim Nätterqvist, Swedish actor
  • 1994
    Krystal Jung, American-born Korean singer

Who died on October 24?

  • 996
    King Hugh Capet of France (b. 938)
  • 1669
    William Prynne, English Puritan leader (b. 1600)
  • 1799
    Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Austrian composer (b. 1739)
  • 1948
    Franz Lehár, Austrian composer (b. 1870)
  • 1966
    Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)
  • 1972
    Claire Windsor, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1994
    Raúl Juliá, Puerto Rican actor (b. 1940)
  • 2001
    Wolf Rüdiger Hess, German neo-Nazi (b. 1937)
  • 2002
    Harry Hay, American activist (b. 1912)
  • 2005
    Mokarrameh Ghanbari, Iranian painter (b. 1928)

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