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 Treaty of Brétigny is ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War.
John White, The governor of the second Roanoke Colony, returns to England after an unsuccessful search for the “lost” colonists.
Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo concludes with the Serbian victory.
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.
A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
Yom Kippur War ends
Nezar Hindawi is sentenced to 45 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a British court, for the attempted bombing on an El Al flight at Heathrow. After the verdict, the United Kingdom breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, claiming that Hindawi is helped by Syrian officials.
Chang'e 1, the first satellite in the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, is launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
Who were born on October 24?
Anthony Babington, Leader of the Babington Plot (d. 1586)
James S. Sherman, American politician & 27th Vice President of the United States (d. 1912)
Ned Williamson, American baseball player (d. 1894)
Rafael Azcona, Spanish screenwriter (d. 2008)
Jozef Ráž, Slovak musician
Dave Meltzer, American wrestling journalist
Laura Veirs American singer-songwriter
Gábor Babos, Hungarian football player
Casey Wilson, American comic actress (Happy Endings, Saturday Night Live)
Drake, Canadian actor and rapper
Who died on October 24?
King Valdemar IV of Denmark (b. c.1320)
Jane Seymour, consort of Henry VIII of England (b. 1508)
Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer (b. 1546)
William Prynne, English Puritan leader (b. 1600)
Elias Boudinot, American President of the Continental Congress (b. 1740)
Louis Renault, French car manufacturer (b. 1877)
Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian soldier and politician (b. 1887)
Franz Lehár, Austrian composer (b. 1870)
Claire Windsor, American actress (b. 1897)
Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
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