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, 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

  • 1260
    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.
  • 1360
    The Treaty of Brétigny is ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War.
  • 1648
    The Peace of Westphalia is signed, marking the end of the Thirty Years’ War.
  • 1901
    Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
  • 1911
    Orville Wright remains in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a Wright Glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo concludes with the Serbian victory.
  • 1929
    “Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi are sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
  • 1998
    Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
  • 2002
    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?

  • 1811
    Ferdinand Hiller, German composer (d. 1885)
  • 1903
    Melvin Purvis, American FBI agent (d. 1960)
  • 1906
    Alexander Gelfond, Russian mathematician (d. 1968)
  • 1934
    Glen Glenn, American rockabilly singer
  • 1943
    Bill Dundee, American professional wrestler
  • 1973
    Madlib, American musician and rapper
  • 1979
    Ben Gillies, Australian musician (Silverchair)
  • 1981
    Jemima Rooper, British actress
  • 1984
    Jonas Gustavsson, Swedish hockey player
  • 1987
    Anthony Vanden Borre, Belgian footballer

Who died on October 24?

  • 1260
    Saif ad-Din Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt
  • 1537
    Jane Seymour, consort of Henry VIII of England (b. 1508)
  • 1725
    Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer (b. 1660)
  • 1852
    Daniel Webster, American lawyer and politician (b. 1782)
  • 1943
    Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, French Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • 1958
    George Edward Moore, British philosopher (b. 1873)
  • 1972
    Jackie Robinson, American baseball player (b. 1919)
  • 1975
    Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian (b. 1888)
  • 1985
    Maurice Roy, Archbishop of Quebec, (b. 1905)
  • 2004
    James Aloysius Hickey, American Catholic cardinal and archbishop (b. 1920)

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